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Activision Blizzard (ATVI) update #5—strong lineup of future releases

Posted by intelledgement on Wed, 27 May 09

Activision Blizzard (ATVI), our game publisher company, published their lineup of forthcoming releases to be showcased at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) taking place at the LA Convention Center 2-4 June 2009 today, and it’s pretty impressive:

  • PROTOTYPE puts the player into the shoes of Alex Mercer, a genetically mutated man without memory, armed with shape-shifting abilities, with the objective of discovering your purpose in life (and most likely rejecting it and punishing your creators for their presumption), for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, and Windows. Release date 2 Jun 09 (at E3).
  • Transformers™: Revenge of the Fallen is a licensed product based on the Dreamworks (DWA)-produced film—sequel to the 2007 film—based on the Hasbro (HAS) line of toys for the Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, and Windows. Release date 23 Jun 09.
  • Singularity is a new first-person shooter game set in a time travel scenario for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, and Windows. Release date 29 Jun 09.
  • Wolfenstein™ is the latest in a long line of sequels to the hoary 1981 Muse Software first-person shooter game, Castle Wolfenstein, for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, and Windows. Release date 4 Aug 09.
  • Modern Warfare 2, sequel to Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare™,  for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, and Windows. Release date 10 Nov 09.
  • Blur—a new car-racing game which can be played by up to four players on a console or up to 20 players online, for Xbox 360®, PLAYSTATION® 3, and Windows®. Release date not specified.
  • DJ Hero—the player controls a fully-rotating turntable, sample buttons, effects dial and cross fader, for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, PlayStation 2, and Wii™. Release date not specified.
  • Guitar Hero 5 features 85 of current bands plus several classic acts including The Rolling Stones, Santana, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan, for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii, and PlayStation 2 system.Release date not specified.
  • Tony Hawk: RIDE comes with a wireless skateboard controller and utilizes full motion sensing technology to enable the  player to control the action by performing various movements and gestures on the board that directly translate into skateboard maneuvers that are displayed onscreen, for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, and Wii. Release date not specified.
  • Ultimate Alliance 2 incorporates elements of the Marvel “Civil War” storyline, enabling players to choose their side and team up with such heroes and villains as Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Iron Man, Deadpool, Venom, Green Goblin and Captain America, for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Nintendo DS™.Release date not specified.

Evidently, the lack of a mention of Starcraft II ensures it will not be released in 2009. Announced in 2007 and expected in 2008, the sequel to Blizzard’s 1994 real-time strategy game—which is still actively played online—will presumably require a large beta test before it is ready to be released, and there is no word on when that might start, either.

There is some WoW news from China, however. In the wake of Blizzard’s decision not to renew their WoW contract with The9 (NCTY} and instead strike a deal with Netease.com (NTES) last month, The9 have now filed suit in China against Activision Blizzard for property loss compensation and commercial defamation. Earlier this month, rumors surfaced that The9 are preparing a W0W clone game for release. Reportedly, The9 had agreed to cooperate with Netease.com to effect a smooth transition of the 1 million-plus Chinese WoW players from the former’s servers to the latter’s—The9’s license to run WoW games expires in June—but it is not clear how these latest developments may affect that situation. In the meantime, some Chinese WoW players, frustrated at the continued long delay in the deployment of the “Wrath of the Lich King” WoW upgrade module, have reportedly “defected” to Taiwanese WoW servers, where the upgrade has long since been installed. This is a real soap opera; stay tuned.

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