The differences in multiplayer philosophy between Treyarch and Infinity Ward — the main studios on Call of Duty — are becoming more striking.
Will sales flatten for the fastest-selling video game franchise of all time?
Up through July, Skylanders generated $1.5 billion in worldwide sales since the release of the first game.
More than 10 million people play last year’s Call of Duty multiplayer every day. Activision has to get it right when it comes to pleasing vets and noobs at the same time.
The big Activision event felt like E3.
Activision reveals the multiplayer combat in its next big Call of Duty game.
The first-person shooter gives you control of a trained German shepherd that operates like a remote-controlled drone, but it’s also your companion.
The president of Activision publishing won’t take sides in the console war, but he sure is enjoying it.
Activision reveals more scenes from Call of Duty: Ghosts in advance of Sunday’s livestream and demos from E3.
The next Call of Duty game will have Kinect voice integration, so says the man at the top of Activision.
Activision chief says “it may be the best Call of Duty ever.” Among the new characters: a bomb-sniffing dog.
The company plans one of the biggest Call of Duty marketing campaigns ever.
In after-hours trading, Activision Blizzard’s stock price fell 5 percent to $14.49 a share. The fall may be due to the drop in World of Warcraft numbers and the comments about the second half.
Call of Duty: Ghosts teaser trailer shows off masked warriors.
Getting Destiny for the PlayStation 4 is a coup for Sony, but it’s not exclusive.
Activision has another $1 billion franchise that it plans to update annually.
Skylanders may suffer due to slow Wii U sales.
New Skylanders title will have toys with swappable bottoms and tops.
Publisher Activision teams up with Microsoft for the Call of Duty Championship.
Here’s the full year’s worth of interviews with the movers and shakes of gaming.
You’ll still have to buy multiplayer map packs, but Call of Duty Elite services will become a free part of Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Eric Hirshberg, chief executive of Activision Publishing, answers GamesBeat’s questions about the changes to the Call of Duty Elite service.
When Activision reports its earnings, the game world listens.
Skylanders, the new game and toy franchise from Activision Blizzard, is exceeding expectations across platforms.
Here’s some of the stories that ran only on GamesBeat this week. We’re running more stories exclusively on the GamesBeat section of VentureBeat now, particularly when the stories are mainly of interest to game readers. The broader interest stories are running on VentureBeat as well. And please visit the GamesBeat section to catch up on game news. We’re ramping up our game coverage, so you’ll find more and more news at GamesBeat.
Eric Hirshberg, chief executive of Activision Publishing, talked about the role that creative people should play in making decisions about running a video game business. Too often, he said, creative people leave it to the business experts. But creative people shouldn’t sell themselves short, as Hirshberg learned in the last 18 months running the division that includes Call of Duty franchise.
Activision Blizzard reported today that its new Call of Duty Elite social network service for hardcore gamers has signed up 7 million subscribers since going live in November.
Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure was a sleeper hit last year, a unique cross-platform product that combined a video game with collectible real-world toys. Now, ahead of the annual North American International Toy Fair in New York City, Activision Publishing is announcing a new sequel for the franchise called Skylanders Giants.
Activision Blizzard said today that its gamer social network Call of Duty Elite hit more than a million paid subscribers in its first six days. Since the launch of the service on Nov. 8 with the debut of the best-selling Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, more than 4 million paid and free gamers have registered.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 broke sales records with a five-day tally of more than $775 million in worldwide sales, publisher Activision Blizzard announced today. To date, Call of Duty games have sold more than $6 billion worldwide.
Activision Blizzard hopes its new Call of Duty game will help the company break all sales records for the third year in a row, Chief Executive Bobby Kotick said in an earnings call today.
Activision Blizzard unveiled more details about its Call of Duty Elite social network today at its Call of Duty XP extravaganza in Los Angeles.
Last night, I took out dozens of enemies in a few rounds of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer combat.
Activision, the company behind triple-A titles like the Call of Duty franchise announced today that it has sold more than 18 million map packs for its latest game.
Activision-Blizzard is throwing a lot of weight behind its latest Modern Warfare 3 first-person shooter (FPS) game’s graphical prowess, which it’s using as one of the main selling points over competing FPS games.
Just as Blizzard Entertainment has Blizzcon for its game fans, Activision Blizzard is now creating Call of Duty XP 2011, a two-day convention for fans of the Call of Duty games.