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It looks like the Call of Duty Elite gamer social network for the PC will not be ready in time for the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on Nov. 8, according to the One of Swords blog created by Activision Blizzard.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is expected to break video game sales records when it goes on sale Tuesday. But it looks like a number of copies of the first-person shooter game are already available in online auctions.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 doesn’t come out until Nov. 8. But pirates have already obtained the video game — one of the most-anticipated of the year — VentureBeat has learned.
Battlefield 3 is easily the most important holiday release for Electronic Arts. All year the publisher has aggressively hyped the DICE-developed sequel as a Call of Duty-killer, and with Modern Warfare 3 still two weeks from release, EA has the vital first-to-market advantage. Although EA seems to have bet the farm on this title, analysts still expect Modern Warfare 3 to outperform Battlefield 3 by a 2:1 margin. Last year’s Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, generated over $1 billion in revenuewithin its first six weeks on the market.
Activision Blizzard released a trailer for the single-player version of the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 game today. The preview shows the title is going to be as movie-like as ever, with shocking imagery such as the destruction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
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Electronic Arts launched its Battlefield 3 multiplayer open beta test today for fans of the combat series. EA opened the game to all players on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in advance of the game’s official launch on Oct. 25.
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Welcome to the front lines of gaming. I’ve been covering the game industry on a day-to-day basis for about 15 years, mainly by immersing myself in the environment. I play games and I interview people in the game industry daily. But it sometimes helps to pull back and see the industry from afar, as outsiders might see it.
Dave Stohl is one of the guys who decides how many developers Activision Blizzard puts to work on its Call of Duty games. With Call of Duty bringing in a monster share of Activision’s revenues, that’s a big responsibility. We caught up with Stohl, whose official title is executive vice president for studios at Activision Publishing, at the Call of Duty XP event last week to ask him how the company is keeping up with the demand for Call of Duty games.
Eric Hirshberg, the president and chief executive of Activision Publishing ( a division of Activision Blizzard), is treating 6,000 Call of Duty fans to a celebration of the game series at a huge aircraft hangar in Los Angeles.
The fans that showed up at the Call of Duty XP in Los Angeles are a pretty dedicated lot. Many flew to the event from around the world and paid $150 to get on the 6,000 tickets for the exclusive event where Activision Blizzard showed off the multiplayer version of of the upcoming Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 video game.
Activision Blizzard unveiled more details about its Call of Duty Elite social network today at its Call of Duty XP extravaganza in Los Angeles.
Call of Duty: Black Ops set new records for sales at its debut last November, making it the world’s most popular video game. Can Call of Duty keep growing as a franchise?
Microsoft is releasing a limited edition Xbox 360 for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 when the game debuts November 8.
Activision Blizzard announced today it would charge $49 a year for its premium subscription to the Call of Duty Elite social network.
Robert Bowling, creative strategist at Activision Blizzard‘s Infinity Ward studio, says the new Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 coming on November 8 has better balanced multiplayer combat than ever before.
Last night, I took out dozens of enemies in a few rounds of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer combat.
Activision Blizzard chief executive is ready to burst out of the video game business and take over the entertainment industry.
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.
Activision Blizzard reported better-than-expected earnings for the second quarter ended June 30.
Battlefield 3 is one of the most-anticipated games of the year. The combat shooting video game isn’t coming out until Oct. 25, but Electronic Arts showed it off recently to the press at its headquarters in Redwood City, Calif.
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.
We saw lots of video games at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles last week.
Frank Gibeau, president of the EA Games label at Electronic Arts, is responsible for taking the battle to EA’s arch rival, Activision Blizzard, in a big way this fall with the coming launch of Battlefield 3. That’s a heavy burden, since Activision Blizzard has the world’s most popular modern combat shooting game franchise — which generates more than $1 billion a year in revenues — and it is preparing to launch Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 on Nov. 8. Last week, EA announced that it was launching Battlefield 3 on Oct. 25 and that the game will have its own social network.
The only thing bad about an E3 photo gallery is that you can’t hear the sounds. E3, the video game industry’s trade show, is an extremely loud trade show, with game exhibitors blasting sounds as much as they can to draw attention to their games. The convention drew an estimated 45,000 people to Los Angeles this week. We were there from the first parties to the last. We saw many of the 35,000 screens showing off new games. Here’s the show in pictures.
Battlefield 3 is a critical game for the comeback of Electronic Arts. And today, at EA’s E3 press event, gamers got a first good look at the way the game will play when it launches on Oct. 25.
Activision Blizzard is announcing Call of Duty Elite today, a social network for players of the most popular video game franchise in the world.
Last week, I saw a preview of a little game called Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 in a darkened theater. From what I’ve seen, the tens of millions of fans of this video game franchise won’t be disappointed when the modern combat shooting video game debuts on Nov. 8.
Activision Blizzard released its not-so-secret revelation today: a trailer for its next blockbuster game, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, which debuts Nov. 8. The video game is the latest installment in a multibillion-dollar franchise that has shattered all records for best-selling games of all time.
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Activision Blizzard is starting its slow strip tease leading up to the launch of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, which is expected to debut this fall.
When the flagship Call of Duty game studio Infinity Ward imploded last March, it seemed unlikely that it would be able to get another one of its flagship Modern Warfare games out for the fall of 2011.