In today’s news roundup fierce speculation arises over who’ll be taking the Modern Warfare reigns from Infinity Ward. 2009 has been a bit of a let down for American retailer giant GameStop who announce a slump in sales compared with the previous year. And finally, in a bid to alleviate the stress which now goes with buying a new Nintendo Wii Remote, Nyko unveils an innovative new design.
Infinity Ward not doing Mod War 3?
The hype surrounding Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has barely subsided and already Activision are making noises about a possible sequel. However, according to VG257, Activison bosses have decided that Modern Warfare 3 won’t be developed by Infinity Ward but passed onto an as yet unnamed ‘Canadian studio’. This had let some to speculate that responsibility for the next instalment of Activision’s legendary first person shooter will fall to Radical Entertainment, the company responsible for action title Prototype, and the only development studio in Canada which is owned by Activision.
However, VG257 have not ruled out the possibility that a new company called Sledgehammer Games will be picking up the Modern Warfare mantle, as the studio is currently looking to hire (CVs at the ready) ‘a lead online / multiplayer designer with "experience working on current AAA multiplayer shooters for current consoles and PC". [Eurogamer]
GameStop cuts profit forecast, still expects massive year
It looks like those poor old bosses over at GameStop (the big American video game retailer) will be consoling themselves after they end the fiscal year with just $700 million in cash. In its Holiday Sales Report, GameStop reported an accumulated revenue of around $2.86 billion, a sum which actually fell short of their total earnings for the previous year. According to their report, sales of new games were up, sales of hardware were down, and the company’s sales of pre-owned games increased by ten per cent. This means that, unlike 2008 which saw the company’s highest ever sales figures, GameStop will have to make do with the second highest for 2009. [Joystiq]
Nyko Releasing Wii Remote with Intergrated Motion Plus Support
Buying a Nintendo Wii remote has become – in many ways thanks to all this Motion Plus business – a real pain in the neck. You have all the hassle of acquiring dongles, custom sleeves and docking bays only to find that, for one reason or another, they are incompatible with your remote. However, in a bid to solve all these problems - which Nintendo have no doubt deliberately created to maximise profits - Nyko have created a Wii Remote which should offer Nintendo gamers some relief. According to Nyko their controller, which has Motion Plus already built in, should provide Wii lovers with ‘all the functionality Wii gamers expect, plus the versatility and convenience they deserve’. [1UP]