The Dread Lord Kotick Plans to “Guitar Hero” the Call of Duty Franchise

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”[…]

Bobby Kotick Wields Secret Army as Cudgel

News broke late today about a dust up between Activision and the leadership at Infinity Ward, the creators of Call of Duty. Perhaps more alarming than the sudden departure, and apparent firing, of the studio’s founders is the original report from G4tv.com which confirms the existence of Activision’s long rumored Gestapo. Infinity Ward employees sent numerous twitter and facebook updates as Bobby Kotick’s goon squad surrounded their building and stormed the premises. The artists and programmer valiantly defended their cubicles with airsoft guns, nerf darts and shaken-up cans of soda, but they were eventually routed. A reliable death count is[…]

Activision reveals Guitar Hero: Zombies

In an interview today Activision Blizzard head Bobby Kotick, perhaps inadvertantly, revealed the existence of a new game in the highly successful Guitar Hero franchise. The inevitable mashup of the band simulation genre with a zombie theme is not expected until late 2010, and may in fact be the direct sequel this year’s Guitar Hero 5 and not simply a side project like Band Hero or Guitar Hero: Metallica. The official title has not been confirmed, but it has been referred to only as Guitar Hero: Zombies. Speaking with a surprising amount of candor, Kotick described a single player campaign[…]