I am not sure whether it’s a surprise or not but Activision’s CEO Robert Kotick has already revealed plans for the next game in the “Call of Duty” series as well as the next “Skylanders” game.
Well of course, it is not as big as the news that “Call of Duty: Ghosts” has crossed the $1 billion marker in the first 24 hours, but “Call of Duty” announcements are welcomed by many fans across the globe. Videogamer has reported Kotick to have announced the two new games during Activision’s earnings call for 2013’s third quarter.
“We also expect to launch new ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Skylanders’ titles and a major new potential franchise with Bungie’s ‘Destiny,’” said Kotick.
The Toys R Us Black Friday ad has been leaked to the Internet, and it seems the giant toy retailer has gotten the message: nowadays many children prefer playing video games to playing with action figures. The leak occurred on Monday, with BFAds.net leaking it first before it spread across the Web.
The ad spotlights a number of high-profile releases on both the hardware and software side of things. The ad says that Black Friday actually starts on Thanksgiving Day at 5 p.m. local time, with four-hour deals running from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The ad mentions that there will be more than 300 doorbusters. As an example, Toys R Us will offer a 250GB PlayStation 3 bundle with copies of “Batman: Arkham Origins” and “The Last of Us” for $199.99.
“I think it’s fair to say that we’ve lost our way a bit in supporting Windows games,” Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer admitted. “But we’re back.”
We may be at an event previewing Xbox One, but Spencer notes that PC is also an important part of their portfolio. While the company may have focused exclusively on console games in the past decade, that’s going to change, he promised. “Windows is incredibly important. The ‘One Microsoft’ mantra that’s come out had us looking at all the devices that Microsoft builds and truly becoming a first-party gaming studio across all devices.”
I needed to press further. I wanted him to explicitly tell me that there are PC games coming from Microsoft first-party. And he complied. “You’ll see us doing more stuff on Windows. We probably have more individual projects on Windows than we’ve had in ten years at Microsoft Studios.”