No stopping Activision

“Infinity-gate? Whatever are you talking about?!” That’s response I imagined when seeing the latest news that Activision have confirmed November as the new release time frame for Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Having successfully signed Bungie to a new deal and now having a set date for the next Call of Duty (which will no doubt get the fans eager with anticipation) is surely a sign that Activision have bounced back from recent events. I’ll even go so far to say that Black Ops will be Christmas #1 in the software charts, if the success of Modern Warfare 2 is anything to go by.

Imagine having a franchise that becomes a juggernaut in the video game industry; one that sees every game from that series at least become a top five hit. With Train2Game students busy making their own games, it’s very possible that one (or a group) of them with strike it lucky.

One thing to note about this game is that it will not be developed by Infinity Ward but by Treyarch, who were responsible for CoD: World at War. They promise that Black Ops will have “dedicated multiplayer, single-player and co-op teams creating the most intense, gripping and riveting experience possible for our fans on all fronts,” with the entire studio concentrating on the game.

Activation have got their feet firmly on the ground and are making progress more impressive than before, with big plans for Call of Duty. They even have revealed a 2011 Call of Duty game that is to be an action-adventure developed by new studio Sledgehammer Games, who interestingly enough is led by ex-EA staff members Glen Schofield and Micheal Condrey.

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