Activison Announces Plans for GH, CoD, Bond and More

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We all knew that Activison planned on releasing a new Guitar Hero game annually, and earlier this week a band calling themselves The Answer solidified it by issuing a press release regarding their presence in Guitar Hero IV. This was not really earth-shattering news, although we always prefer Activision or any other gaming company to confirm details before we get all hot and bothered about it.

Yesterday during a conference, Activison not only informed their investors of the record breaking Q3 sales of $1.48 BILLION for 2007 – but a slew of information regarding some of our favorite franchises was forthcoming along with long awaited Bond news. With the company not releasing any new games for the current quarter ending March 31st, here is a taste of what to expect during the rest of the year from Activision.

  • Three new Guitar Hero titles will be released in 2008, two of which will be coming in the Spring and the expected Guitar Hero IV which will hit before the end of the year – most likely for the holiday shopping season. Along with the announcement of more DLC for Guitar Hero III, Activision will also be pushing their rocking franchise harder in Europe than ever before.
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare sold over 7 million units worldwide in last year, so one would expect them to continue cashing-in on this grand success. Apparently Activision has a new title in the series coming (most likely) in the Fall. No details were forthcoming other than the PS2 and Wii will be able to join-in on the lovefest this time around. More downloadable content is expected for CoD4 as well this year.
  • The Tony Hawk brand will be getting overhauled due to the competition it received from EA’s Skate. Executives told their investors that with the amount of public research they did, they have come up with more innovative idea for the game. Fans of the franchise can expect the next installment sometime in the Fall, but unfortunately no specifics were mentioned as to what level of extra “innovation” gamers can expect.
  • Moving on into Marvel Country, gamers can expect a new Spider-Man adventure and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance this year as well.
  • Titles based on Dreamworks CGI movies Madagascar II and the Jack Black/ Angelina Jolie CGI flick Kung Fu Panda are also expected to hit shelves.
  • Finally, last but not least, Bond news – although not much really. The new James Bond game is coming out sometime in the Fall to coincide with the movie, but as usual, details on the game were not given out.

So there ya go folks. All the news you need to know on the Activision front without actually reporting anything in depth. I really wish they could have thrown the public a bone or two, but alas, we will just have to starve for a while. We can all speculate about what the new Guitar Hero titles may be – they have already covered the eighties, they mix and match all different musical eras – therefore a seventies or nineties version would be unrealistic. Could it be a “Flower Power” or “Head Bangers Ball” title? Who knows, we will just have to wait and see what they have up their sleeves. As far as another CoD game goes, I seriously hope they are not rushing into it because none of us want a CoD title to become another Medal of Honor: Vanguard - blech. Remember the horrible aiming system that game had? That is one of the things that happens when you rush a game just to continue to cash in on a well received title.

One last thing – let us all cross our collective fingers that the next Bond title with be worthy of his hallowed name. I would  hate to see such an iconic figure featured in a less-than-sub-par gaming title – it is just sacrilegious.


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