Activision dominate today’s roundup with CEO Bobby Kotick revealing how he wants more of your money. Also, Brutal Legend is still on the road for an October release following the dispute with Activision. A new James Bond is confirmed by Activision, and finally, Robert Bowling reveals Infinity Ward's plan for the prestige edition of Modern Warfare 2 to be an actual limited edition.
Brutal Legend Still Set For October Release
A Judge’s decision regarding the Brutal Legend lawsuit filed by Activision was expected to be made by today. Activision, the games former publisher, hoped to block release of the game, claiming the games release would damage them immensely. In the build up to the trial, the Judge implied he was more likely to rule in favour of current developer Double Fine. However this decision never had to be made, as the hearing has been cancelled thanks to an out of court agreement between Activision and Double Fine. The game is now set for its already late October release, with no apparent obstructions in the way. [Gamespot]
Activision Want More Of Your Money
Much outrage was caused by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s price tag of £55, but for Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick, the price couldn’t be lower. A conference allowing some of these price issues to be addressed revealed Kotick’s money hungry attitude.
Analyst Tony Gikas questioned Activision's ‘comfort level’ regarding peripheral-based and expensive games. Company president and CEO of publishing Michael Griffith responded commenting on “very strong retailer acceptance and support for all parts of our plan, including ... our price points”. Kotick however sees things differently, answering “And Tony, you know if it was left to me, I would raise the prices even further”. It seems Bobby isn’t happy with £99.99 for Tony Hawk Ride, or £55 for Modern Warfare 2, no way, he wants the clothes off our back. What’s next? Our soul? [Spong]
Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition Very Limited
Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling is excited about the fact that the Prestige edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will actually be limited. “We've already been asked by retailers to up the production numbers due to demand, which we immediately denied” said Bowling. “We decided from the beginning that we want this to be for the hardcore fans and early adopters. The fact that it is actually limited is one of the coolest parts, which is why we've individually numbered every copy”.
Bowling comments on how “cool” he believes the night vision googles are, pointing out how the idea progressed simply from a limited edition containing a stylized case, a fake flashbang and dog-tags. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a night owl then you have to be quick, as the Prestige edition will only be on sale once, and as previously stated ‘limited’. [IGN]
New James Bond Game Confirmed
A new James Bond game is currently in the works according to Activision. The Quarterly earnings call from Activision indicated a 007 title is in the works, with a release date of next year. Activision president Mike Griffith confirmed this, but didn’t elaborate further, only saying that development was in line with the “company's commitment to proven franchises”. The last James Bond title along with most received lukewarm reviews (the obvious exception being Goldeneye), so hopefully Activision can give James Bond the game he deserves this time around. [VG247]