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From Modern Warfare 2 DLC To Sony And Digital Distribution: News Roundup November 26th

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Today’s news roundup sees money spinners Activision look set to net up to a cool $140 million with Modern Warfare 2 DLC next year, while Red Dead Redemption is confirmed for an April release, and Sony reveal the digital distribution of games won’t be taking over from packaged games anytime soon.

Modern Warfare 2 DLC Predicted to Generate up to $140 Million in 2010

From Modern Warfare 2 DLC To Sony And Digital Distribution: News Roundup November 26th

With Call of Duty being as popular as a really popular thing, it’s not too surprising the DLC alone could bring in the amount of money some games are lucky to make in their entire shelf life.  Broadpoint AmTech analyst Ben Schachter predicts the downloadable content for Modern Warfare 2 could rake in as much as $140 million in 2010 alone.  Schachter predicts the game to retain its launch price until the next iteration and “Activision will also benefit significantly from the high-margin DLC potential enabled by the packaged product's success.

Schachter also believes the said DLC will likely be a lot more than just the typical additional map pack that gamers are expecting, with the content perhaps expanding to include new missions, modes of play, and in-game items.  “The point is that Call of Duty's fan base will pay for additional content, and we expect Activision's Infinity Ward to monetize that throughout 2010,” said Schachter.  Basically as long as Call of Duty is printed in big, bold letters it should sell by the truckload.  [IndustryGamers]

Red Dead Redemption Confirmed For April

From Modern Warfare 2 DLC To Sony And Digital Distribution: News Roundup November 26th

The first half of next year is shaping up to boast some of the best and biggest game releases in history, with Rockstar announcing Red Dead Redemption being the latest game to join the line-up.  The sandbox game with a western twist has been scheduled for April 2010, around the same time as Final Fantasy XIII, Splinter Cell: Conviction and BioShock 2 are due for release.  Rockstar reveal a new trailer should be available on December 1st, titled “My Name is John Marston”, which will confirm a more accurate release date, along with showing off some new gameplay footage.  [1UP]

Sony Announce Physical Games Not Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

From Modern Warfare 2 DLC To Sony And Digital Distribution: News Roundup November 26th

With the rise of content making its way onto the PlayStation Network, and the release of the UMD-less PSP Go, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the end of packaged gaming as we know it.  But not so, according to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss Andrew House, who reveals traditional, boxed games are “not going away any time soon.” House announces “Make no mistake, when you're looking at PS3 games and you're seeing the shift in the sheer size of the data that's becoming available, the packaged media business is not going away any time soon.

The shift he is referring to is the increase in people using their PS3’s to connect to the internet, and PSN to buy online content.  House claims “I think there's been an overstatement there potentially, and then a backlash to that - but I don't think we were really responsible for that overstatement, so we're not really part and parcel of the backlash, if that makes sense.”  So, it looks like at least for the time being, we’ll still be seeing our games arrive on Blu-ray and UMD.  [GamesIndustry]

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