Activision Blizzard Chief Executive Bobby Kotick told Reuters that stores may face a shortage of its new children's game this holiday season and tried to cast doubt on a rival's upcoming game that analysts say could eat into Activision's user base.
Lol Activisions 2nd biggest title COD is for childeren :P Plenty of kids are going to be playing that game.
good ol bobby kotick
i really doubt star wars will bring in much profit based on it's cost.....plus they have to pay license fees.
I think EAs main priority is to destabilize WoW hold on the MMO market and if all it needs are 500 000 consistent subscribers it will probably at least break even. Sure Lucas get a (big) cut of the profits but EA still profits nonetheless financially and marketshare wise.
Skylanders could only be an Activision game. Having to buy extra toys to beat the game fully, smells of rip off, smells like Activision.
Activision, rip-off and daylight robbery all go together like bread, jam and butter.
...and yet reviewers have given the game good reviews, how can you give a game where you need to buy new gimmicks to unlock more content in the game a good score is beyond me. I mean your supposed to review the game "Spyros SKYLANDERS adventure" and yet it never played like a Spyro game so how did it still get a good score. Honestly I hope ND buy Spyro off them along with Crash. I'd rather have ND hang onto the rights then a company who are going to treat the franchise like crap, ND are the only developer who can make a Spyro game like the old days.
Yeah I know....but Insomniac said they don't want nothing to do with Spyro anymore, it's been stated many times (keep up) so I mentioned the second best choice....NaughtyDog
World of Warcraft was way before Acti-Blizzard, so I have no idea where Kotick's attitude about how "hard" it is to pull off a successful MMO without the "tech" is coming from. He talks like he was there during development.
Agree. IMO, WOW (Blizzard) saved Activision financially with the merger.
Yup, exactly. Hell, they took the Blizzard name instead of Sierra/Vivendi because Blizzard was pretty much the only successful company or subsidiary of that massive merger (Activision just had name-recognition). Then they got rid of all their under-performing licenses and have relied on World of Warcraft and Call of Duty since then (as well as Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero before they massacred those franchises, too).
I remember how pissed I was when Activision shut down the master servers for a bunch of games after that merge. Like Tribes and AvP2. ESPECIALLY AvP2, it had about 20 or so full 16 player servers at any given time, even at the hours where players dropped in most games. Pretty good for a 2001 game that no one really talks about, some modern games die completely within months. It was my favorite multiplayer game for a really long time. Sure, a community server patch was made within a month, but the server list was now a pain to use and a lot of the people were gone. That was my starting point for disliking Activision.
Grrr get your hands off my Spyro you evil greedy bastard.
I'd rather be in EAs position than Activision's. Activision/Blizzard only has a 3 very popular games, although they are some of the biggest games in the industry but WoW is trailing off EA has so many well regarded games and if anything is to be learned from COD is that a semi-popular game can become a mega-blockbuster overnight and no MP game stays on top forever in the gaming industry (Quake/Unreal -Counterstike/Halo - COD - ?) Next-gen should be very interesting, especially if publishers start charging for MP online, everyone I know loves at least one EA franchise (a sports game, BF, Crysis, Dead Space, ME, etc.) which would mean the majority of gamers buying a "EA Season's Pass" where as only COD players would pay to play an Activision game.
i cant wait to play diablo on vita or ps3; and if they really are making a new mmo kudos to them. wow pvp is some of the best competitive multiplayer i have ever played up there with goldeneye halo mechassault and such. if activision ever decides to go belly up it wouldnt because blizzard would have to turn foul. i think its against ndas to talk about the starwars beta so i cant really comment; but if all it takes is kotic to stand before blizzard and make accusations about competition for ea to finish starwars by dec. then they (atvi) have nothing to fear regarding competition. honestly im starting to think the only hope any other publishers or devs have for making an mmo with current tech that is successful/good to play would be to buy blizzard and make them make the game themselves.
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