During Activision’s quarterly financial call, President Michael J. Griffith outlined the release schedule of Activision games set to drop in 2010.
Most of the games we’ve already known about, but three in particular were fresh announcements. Gamers can expect yet another Bond title to hit store shelves. This announcement was quite unexpected, as Bond 23 isn’t set to release in theaters till 2011. That means Activision’s next Bond will likely not be a movie tie-in.
The same observation can also be made for the next Spider-Man title. Spider-Man 4 isn’t coming to a theater near you until summer 2011. However, it’s not quite as surprising, as Web of Shadows (a Spidey game with no movie support) found both critical and sales success.
Additionally, yet another Tony Hawk game will launch. Whether it will be a sequel to Tony Hawk RIDE or not is unknown. However, considering the pricey peripheral that’s being sold with RIDE, it almost assuredly will be related.
In frustrating yet not unexpected news, both Singularity and StarCraft II are getting delayed till 2010 as well. Apparently, Activision Blizzard doesn’t feel the games will be able to hold up to competition this holiday season. As such, the games have been given the hook in order to achieve better sales.
Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick had this to say on the subject:
“The new launch window, which has fewer competitive titles releasing, should improve the probability of achieving stronger results and establishing Singularity as a first-person action franchise for the company.”
In terms of the StarCraft II delay, it should have no impact on other Blizzard titles already in the queue for 2010. Blizzard President Mike Morhaime said “I’d just like to reiterate we haven’t announced any release dates on any future titles and I’ll also reiterate that the move of StarCraft into next year does not impact the schedule.”
In other words, “It would be correct to conclude that you could expect two releases of Blizzard next year.” That means we can likely expect StarCraft II and Diablo III to release together next year. But don’t count your classics till they hatch.