In a perhaps unfortunate turn of events for independent developer Bungie, due to the ongoing legal battle between their new publisher and the founders of Infinity Ward, the terms of their publishing agreement signed with Activision in the spring of 2010 have become public. Buried in the 27 page contract, along with a lot of boring sections on employee compensation and publisher liability, were a few scant details on a series of four original games currently under development. What is revealed is fairly vague. The “Destiny” games are described as “massively multiplayer-style sci-fantasy action-shooters” set to be released every other[…]
Another fall, another Call of Duty from Activision. With the massive shakeup at Infinity Ward earlier this year, Treyarch is finally poised to take the reigns of the franchise as the “A” team. To that end, they have put forth their latest effort, Black Ops. It’s an ambitious title from a huge team and a reportedly enormous budget, but the question remains: how will the millions of Modern Warfare fans react to the series’ new direction? As the game’s full title suggests, Tyler Perry Presents: Call of Duty: Black Ops was designed in full cooperation with the famed filmmaker, Tyler[…]
Singularity: How the Time-Space Continuum got her Groove Back! It would be easy to dismiss Singularity, Raven Soft’s first new IP since 2000’s Soldier of Fortune, as a derivative and forgettable entry into the crowded FPS space, but that would be a real disservice to the actual enjoyment the game provides. Clearly influenced by Bioshock and Half-Life 2, Singularity is also in many ways a throwback to the way shooters were a decade ago. At times its ambition outstrips its reach, but the fundamentals are so solid and the mechanics so clever that the odd absurdity in the narrative is[…]
Encino, France – Comrade Dan Amrich of Activision’s Ministry of Public Affairs today announced details of the sweeping compensation reform in the newly recognized People’s Republic of Infinity Ward. Spoils seized from the bourgeois tyrants Zampella and West’s personal treasury during last month’s revolution has been placed in trust and will be redistributed to the honest working class with all haste. The cowards Zampella and West remain in exile on the Isle of Man, impotent, as the proletariat they oppressed for so long continue to build their utopia!
Trying something new today, with news and commentary all snipped up the way you twitter-kiddies like it. The Gears of War 3 announcement really got away from Epic and Microsoft last week when CliffyB got bumped from Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night and the shambling infrastructure of Xbox Live marketing failed to react to the new reality. But Epic’s “Face Man” got his camera time tonight and you can see the whole segment, including the premiere trailer on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon webnet. The Gears 3 video is entitled “Ashes to Ashes” and features a cinematic sequence set to moody acoustic rock by[…]
Forced to comment on the assault at Infinity Ward on Monday, Activision released a statement outlining their plans to ride the Call of Duty into the ground. In addition to the Treyarch developed Call of Duty expected this fall and an anticipated Modern Warfare 3 in 2011, a spin-off game from developer Sledgehammer is also due in 2011. Rumors are already swirling as to the nature of this new direction for the franchise, but the following video sent to us from a source inside Sledgehammer points to a rather unexpected direction. Internally, the game is being called “Call of Duty: Boot Camp”[…]