Activision Blizzard reported their Q4, 2018 earnings report today which missed analyst estimates; revenues came in at $2.84B while analysts expected $3.04B. The company also laid off employees in non-development positions, mostly in publishing and eSports. On a more positive note, the company has committed to increasing its development budget with the total number of developers working on Call of Duty, Candy Crush, Overwatch, Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Diablo set to increase by 20% in 2019. Activision Blizzard also extended their partnership with Netease until 2023. Netease currently publishes all of Activision Blizzard's games in China and is co-developing Diablo: Immortal. It's been a tough for Activision Blizzard lately. The company's stock price is down 50% since Blizzcon and the infamous Diablo: Immortal PR disaster. Time will tell if the company will recover from these blunders. Business Highlights by Division: Activision Activision had 53 million Monthly Active Users (MAUs) in … [Read more...] about Activision Blizzard Reports Q4 Earnings, Layoffs Announced, Netease Partnership Extended
In a shock announcement only a couple of hours ago, Activision has revealed that they are ending its partnership with Bungie, makers of the Destiny franchise. However, Bungie will still retain full control of the the MMO co-op shooter moving forward. Activision has released a statement of the matter, and says that Bungie will assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the Destiny franchise, while Activision will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects. Bungie too, has now released their own statement below: “With Activision, we created something special. To date, Destiny has delivered a combination of over 50 million games and expansions to players all around the world,” it said. “More importantly, we’ve also witnessed a remarkable community – tens of millions of Guardians strong – rise up and embrace Destiny, to play together, to make and share memories, and even to do truly great things that reach far beyond the game we share, … [Read more...] about Bungie Ends Partnership With Activision But Still Controls Destiny Franchise
Daybreak’s battle royale game H1Z1 has been through more ups and downs and ups again in the last few years than most games see in their lifetimes. The game once bizarrely marketed to former Star Wars Galaxies players has split in two, undergone multiple name changes, seen its survival half falter, made it to television with esports events, wallowed in early access, missed multiple launch windows, suffered layoffs, and lost most of its playerbase to PUBG, and also shed most of its zombie nature, all before seemingly finding rescue in its wildly successful PlayStation 4 beta this past spring. “The official H1Z1 launch update on PlayStation®4 includes: Battle Pass Season 1: PS4 players can now unlock up to 30 rewards levels across 3 distinct lines (free, premium, and PS Plus). Battle Pass Season 1 premium line can be purchased for $5.49 / €5.49, while all PS Plus members will receive the PS Plus line included in membership. Level progression will carry over between … [Read more...] about H1Z1 has officially launched on the PlayStation 4 as Jace Hall joins the H1Z1 PC team
Destiny 2 Introducing New Mode and Next Chapter With Forsaken Bungie revealed today that Destiny 2: Forsaken, the first major expansion of the award-winning Destiny 2 video game, will release worldwide on September 4, 2018. Destiny 2: Forsaken will be available for download on PlayStation®4, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, and PC. The PC version of the expansion will be available exclusively on Battle.net®, Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed online-gaming platform. With two brand-new destinations to explore, and new weapons, armour and Supers to acquire, Forsaken takes players on an epic journey into the wild frontiers of our solar system where the lines between justice and revenge are blurred. Forsakenalso features an all-new competitive and collaborative endgame activity, called Gambit. A first-of-its kind for Destiny, Gambit is a new, hybrid 4v4 mode that merges both PvE and PvP experiences … [Read more...] about Destiny 2 Introducing New Mode and Next Chapter With Forsaken
Today, Cryptic Studios announced 3D starship printing is now available for Star Trek Online. In a partnership with San Francisco-based integral reality company, Mixed Dimensions, Star Trek Online now offers players the chance to log into the PC version of the game and order a custom 3D-printed model of their favorite in-game ships. These handcrafted resin starship collectibles can be delivered almost anywhere around the world and base pricing will begin at $200, depending on size and customization options. Officially licensed by CBS, Star Trek Online is the only free-to-play MMORPG that allows players to become a captain and explore the iconic Star Trek universe from within. The game currently offers more than 500 starships hailing from the United Federation of Planets, Klingon Defense Force and Romulan Empire factions, many of which are captured directly from the franchise’s most popular films and televisions shows. Star … [Read more...] about How Would You Like Some 3D Printed Starships From Star Trek Online?