With Call of Duty: Black Ops claiming the monkier of “the best selling game of all time” in U.S. and Europe, Activision Blizzard has stated that the marketing campaign for the next Call of Duty will be the most successful in the franchise’s history. (more…)
The big publisher has swung the axe at its two IPs: Guitar Hero and True Crime: Hong Kong. Activision has decided to disband its Guitar Hero business unit and cancel development of its yearly iteration citing “continued declines in the music genre.” United Front Games released a statement on its website saying, “We are sorry we did not get a chance to complete this project with Activision, but we understand why.”
Development teams that were focusing on music intellectual properties for Activision were reportedly hit with layoffs, apparently up to 500. Sources at Eurogamer state that among the studios hit include FreeStyleGames [DJ Hero franchise] and Vicarious Visions [Guitar Hero].
Other properties such as Tony Hawk and further music titles will not be releasing this year. According to Game Informer, the publisher is switching efforts to its three key brands: Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Starcraft. Diablo III was not among those listed.
Activision released a new gameplay trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops upcoming DLC, First Strike, which releases February 1, 2011. The trailer details five new maps, one of which is a zombie map, Ascension.
Includes “Berlin Wall”, allowing combat on both sides of the imposing wall; “Discovery”, a desolate, frozen German outpost in the Arctic; “Kowloon”, battle in the rain along the rooftops of a towering Chinese sprawl; “Stadium”, an intense locale with a pro hockey arena backdrop; and “Ascension”, where you fight zombies in a Soviet launch facility.
Trailer is available for viewing below. Nothing like milking the Rolling Stones license eh? (more…)
LA Times has learned that Activision recently tapped the newly formed studio subsidiary, Sledgehammer Games to share co-development duties with Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. While the game is still not officially announced by Activision, reportedly development on the game is “well into production and is expected to come out in November.” (more…)
On Friday night, Machinima.com hosted its 2nd Annual Inside Gaming Awards show at the Hollywood/Highland venue Marbella. MonsterVine had the opportunity to see the awards program in-person but it was also live broadcasted over UStream as well. Red Dead Redemption swept the awards show bringing home: Game of the Year, Best Narrative, Best Original Score, and Best Sound Design. Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops won Best Multiplayer and Best Control, while Sony Santa Monica’s God of War III received marks for Best Game Cinematography and Best Animation.
The archive footage of the awards show is found at Machinima’s YouTube however we have the recap/overall impressions of the event right here. (more…)
Can you believe its been 2 years since MonsterVine took its first baby steps and launched into the gaming blogosphere? Its been a blast writing for you, the reader, and it could not have been possible without the collective hard work put in by our volunteer staff. They kept the ship afloat simply by bringing in their unique, diverse, and passionate voices about video games in a increasingly cynical and snarky medium.
In celebration, we put together a podcast discussing the latest games we’ve been playing and go into an in-depth discussion of Kinect and Call of Duty: Black Ops. So join me, Gyuri, and Craig as we talk about video games and of course, Kinectimals.
In this episode of The Appetizer, Will and Gyuri don their tinfoil hats for a conspiracy theory in Treyarch’s latest Call of Duty: Black Ops. We discuss the non-chronological singleplayer storyline filled with flashbacks, redacted statements, and plenty of covert operations. In particular, we showcase the first level of Black Ops tracing back to the historic Bay of Pigs event where the CIA is tasked with assassinating Fidel Castro.