248w ago - Activision is the biggest publisher in the industry topping even gaming giant EA since there merge with Blizzard; creators of the magnificent World of Warcraft.
While I'm sure there are millions of gamers who know about World of Warcraft, they also were behind the excellent Diablo & Starcraft which have many gamers still rattling their names off here and there. Activision was behind Call of Duty, Guitar Hero (first two) & Quake.
Activision has a few games up its sleeves to reveal but the most anticipated game in everyone's mind is Call of Duty 6.
At the NY Comicon inside sources from Activision were asked if Call Duty 6 would top Killzone 2 this year. Their answer similar to Sony's arrogance was a big and bold "YES" and then some.
We went on to ask for more details for such as the graphical power of the game as well as if the game play had changed at all since COD4 but all that was said was that the graphics will blow you away and the game play is deeper than any other COD you've ever experienced!
They also went on to say that the multiplayer is looking to take new heights never before seen in the FPS genre (insult maybe?). The one hint that we received was how the point system will work with kills.
249w ago - What with development for the DLC episodes, Rockstar Games isn't done with Grand Theft Auto 4 just yet.
Despite that, analyst Michael Pachter is already pegging 2010 as the perfect time for the next console iteration of the sandbox franchise.
And since it's Pachter we're talking about here, he can't just leave it at a release date prediction. He's also forecasting that by 2010 - if GTA V does get released then - it will be able to sell 50% more than last year's GTA IV.
To quote: We don't think it is reasonable to estimate that sales of GTA will double the prior version, but we think that a 25 - 30 per cent penetration is reasonable, suggesting 15 - 18 million units sold.
That means that Take-Two's profits from the next iteration should be approximately 50 per cent greater than from the last version.
Total sales for GTA IV on the PS3 and Xbox 360 currently amount to 12 million units so far. That's 40% of the 30 million projected installed base of the PS3 and Xbox 360 combined in Europe and North America. (In short, of all the people who have a PS3 or 360 in the west, 40% of them bought GTA IV). The "25-30% penetration" he mentions above is based on a projected 60-million combined installed base for the two consoles by 2010.
250w ago - This new license agreement broadens the already successful business collaboration between PDP, the top gaming accessory provider, and Hasbro, a leader in games, toys, and entertainment products and services.
The agreement includes international rights across many of Hasbro's well-known brands.
Press Release: PDP AND HASBRO SIGN MULTI-YEAR, MULTI-BRAND LICENSING DEAL
New Accessory Products for Gaming, iPods, Cell Phones
Performance Designed Products, LLC ("PDP") and Hasbro (NYSE:HAS) have agreed to a multi-year, international license agreement that will allow for the creation of a new line of video gaming accessories and products for popular gaming devices, iPods and cell phones.
"We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with PDP," said Mark Blecher, senior vice president and general manager of digital media and gaming at Hasbro. "Hasbro's goal as a brand-driven company is to selectively align ourselves with the best possible licensee partners. We have had a very successful relationship with PDP over the last three years and are looking to expand that success with this new deal."
Upcoming projects for the year include video gaming accessories for the Nintendo DS, Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 2 and 3 systems. These projects will include...
250w ago - One of Sony's main arguments to defend against the Xbox 360 is the PlayStation 3's longevity. They once even said that the console is future-proof, and will last longer than the PS2 will.
But now, even SCEE prez David Reeves isn't sure the console will go completely through its supposed 10-year lifespan, saying:
The competition will have new models on the market by the end of the PS3. I have no doubt and we'll have to be fast on our feet... I don't know whether the PS3 lifespan will be eight, nine or ten years.
He does add though, that the PlayStation 4 is not "on the horizon" yet. And it really shouldn't be - even Microsoft's Robbie Bachexpects this generation to last longer than previous ones.