Activision Will Boost Development of Big Franchises like Call of Duty, Overwatch, Diablo, and More

Activision announced its results for the fourth quarter of 2018, also announcing that Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy shipped over ten million units.

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-Foxtrot36d ago (Edited 36d ago )

Why not focus on being better towards your consumers and creating new experiences for us which aren't the same old franchises currently being offered.

You had something like Singularity, a great little gem at the time yet they never supported it and did a sequel and True Crime is still sitting their being left untouched. Sad thing is apart from Call of Duty, the Crash remasters, the Spyro remasters, Diablo, WoW, Overwatch and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice coming out soon what else do they really have? Say what you want about EA but despite how much of a cluster f*** they are in you can name some pretty big franchises from them

Like if they have something such as Overwatch why don't they try and get in on the single player market with it and make a single player spin off actually using the lore they've spent years creating.

shammgod36d ago

I’m not sure how you garnered 2 downvotes on a consumer friendly post.

Profchaos35d ago

Creative directors at Activision can read to you know

slavish036d ago (Edited 36d ago )

Because people keep buying their crap, like COD, every year with season pass and microtransactions. Why would they change? They just posted the highest revenue in the companies history... And still fired like 800 people!

Seraphim35d ago

to be fair Activision is simply publishing Sekiro. The risk and cost of developing that fell on From Software. Which is unfortunate because as of this week I really don't want to support Activision but I'm certainly not skipping Sekiro. I'm not sure what kind of stake publishing the game gives them but yes, they'll benefit from the game in some fashion but it's not their investment or studio creating it.

It is utterly sad and inexcusable that after posting record profits they are eliminating something like 800 jobs, continue to not invest in new IPs or bring back old ones..... Forget record profits even. They're a top 5 publisher in the world so they have the money to invest. Though outside True Crime, if they even own that IP, idk what they could bring back considering they've focused so much on licensed games such as Tony Hawk, Marvel and various others. Ok quick search, so it appears Activision bought the developers of True Crime when they were developing Streets of LA. 2 Licensed games [Kung Fu Panda and Transformers] later they shuttered that studio.

It's pathetic that instead of actually putting that money to use all Activsion does is push out CoD annually and do licensed stuff. Of which the only good one I can think of was Ultimate Spiderman on the PS2. Even Spyro and Crash where IPs they bought back in the day. Though they did do a great job on the remakes there really wasn't much risk there. So many gamers have been clamoring for those two games for years. Obviously on the Blizzard side you'll get some games here or there but despite being a powerhouse studio they don't push out content. Obviously there's WoW and it's subscription which are probably still pretty strong. Diablo has always been inevitable, blah blah blah.

Understandably there can be a ton of risk creating a new IP. But when you're pulling in that kind of money it really doesn't hurt to invest in trying to create another hit. I'd say EA did pretty well years ago when they cracked and decided to invest in new IPs. Sure not all went great but if EA had not taken those chances we never would've received Dead Space, Mirrors Edge, Dante's Inferno (which you can definitely argue about) and probably some other titles that slip my mind. Dead Space alone was possibly the best Horror game since Resident Evil on PS.

oops, bit of a ramble. End of the day of course they're going to boost production on these games. They simply don't produce the games annually and have a vault of money. Of course when you have 3 teams working on CoD for releases every 3 years how much can you really do there? Do they plan releasing CoD twice annually Lol. Boosting production for Diablo is great but will it come at the cost of quality in the end? Developers can easily pump out games but often times in doing so we see the quality diminish. The fact remains, they just don't have the IPs and really need to invest and take some chances. Diablo every 10 years, Warcraft every ? years, Starcraft, Overwatch and CoD annually simply don't cut it. Investors would love to see more IPs that can print cash annually.

Cmv3835d ago

I have to give you downvote even though I agree with a lot if what you said....I more desperately want a diablo 4. Not the bullshit mobile game. But im afraid blizzard may never truly be blizzard again. I'll retract my downvote.

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rainslacker34d ago

When you buckle down on the easy, you end up not creating the next big thing, which you can then milk in the future when the easy thing now goes out of style.

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XiNatsuDragnel36d ago

Why focus on Quality like Sony?

Cmv3835d ago

You got downvoted because you mentioned sony... not because you're wrong lol.

AizenSosuke35d ago

Well that's was shocker.. not really people don't understand that this gen was Sony showing quality is key. While Natsu-kun has clear anti-Microsoft agenda,he's right in this case.

XiNatsuDragnel34d ago


You mean Activision right Aizen?

remixx11635d ago

Funnily enough your pretty right tho, the quality and variety between the two is world's apart in Sony's favor

sprinterboy35d ago (Edited 35d ago )

It was crazy how the devs reacted on stage with that mobile announcement lol, just goes to show how out of touch some devs are.

Cmv3835d ago

These developers... not developers in general. Great ones out there that aren't a part of Activision

No Way35d ago

They arent "out of touch," just because you don't agree with their strategies or ideas. Face it, mobile can mame some great money.. they are a business, afterall. Just because its not what "you wanted," doesn't mean they shouldn't create what they want.

Christopher35d ago

A Call of Duty every year isn't enough?

sprinterboy35d ago

Cod and battlefield should switch to a every other year time frame to give the devs more time to make a geat shooter imo

DerekTweed34d ago

Battlefield is already every other year

UltraNova35d ago

No apparently. A regular yearly COD and a spin-off (like FC New dawn) incoming.

Thunder_G0d_Bane35d ago (Edited 35d ago )

I was very happy to read Diablo dev team head count was going up. That’s a very vital ip for blizzard and I think it’s the best ip next to wow.

Diablo is my fave ip under blizzard then WoW. I just want a Diablo mmo akin to lost ark online.

Wolffenblitz35d ago

I'm keen for more Starcraft too.

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