Activision commits to Wii, PS3 launch lineups

[UPDATE] Publisher will support next-gen system releases with new Call of Duty, Tony Hawk, Marvel games; adds a pair of Activision Value titles to Wii slate.

While Nintendo and Sony may be holding their cards close to the vest when it comes to which games will arrive on store shelves alongside their new systems, Activision CEO Robert Kotick has detailed which games his company will have on shelves alongside the new systems.

In a presentation to the Merrill Lynch Media and Entertainment Conference yesterday, Kotick said that Activision would have three games for each of the new systems, calling it, "the largest launch lineup that we've had in the history of our company."

When the PlayStation 3 launches November 17 in the US, it will be supported by Call of Duty 3, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and Tony Hawk's Project 8. Wii gamers will get a similar array of games, with Call of Duty 3, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam, according to Kotick.

Kotick said that the largest launch lineup in Activision history would be followed by the largest lineup of games in a single year for the company, mentioning some unannounced--but hardly surprising--titles.

"When you look out at our fiscal '08 titles, this is the largest in the history of our company," Kotick said, "starting with our June quarter, with Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Transformers, later in the year new releases [of] Call of Duty, Tony Hawk Next, The Bee Movie, a Marvel title, a new Guitar Hero, and more to come."

While it's impossible to pin down exactly which Marvel property that title will be based on, it's almost certainly not going to be Iron Man. While the golden Avenger has a feature film scheduled to hit theaters in 2008, Activision confirmed in July that it had parted ways with the license.

As for Guitar Hero, Activision made no secret of its intent to extend the franchise when it purchased developer RedOctane for nearly $100 million. Last month saw reports that the publisher was working on not just one, but as many as four new games in the series.

[UPDATE] An Activision representative confirmed the company's launch plans for GameSpot, and added a couple more titles to its Wii lineup. When Nintendo's new system launches, the Activision Value brand will also have Rapala's Tournament Fishing and World Series of Poker on store shelves alongside the new hardware. The representative also noted that Tony Hawk Next is still a working title for the game.

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joestierman
joestierman

dude that fishing game is gonna be sweet lol, not kidding

Pious_Maximus
Pious_Maximus

Call of Duty for Wii. Mmm, sounds like i can buy it.

ciryorel
ciryorel

FFXIII, DMC4, MGS4 - Drool Xbox fanboys! HAHAHHAHAHAHA!

Chain_Strike
Chain_Strike

2 reasons why ps3 is better. 1. more and better games. 2. More power and features.

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

The PS3 Call of Duty 3 maybe a a different in some cases if they use the motion sensitive controller.

noonlight
noonlight

BlackIceJoe wrote - 'Nice I can't until the PS3 comes out. COD is a great game loved it on the 360 so it will be nice to see what they can do with it on the PS3.' Are you aware that the game is coming out for the 360 as well, and both consoles are pretty much the same in terms of performance? I very much doubt the PS3 COD3 will be different to the 360 one

kya-kun
kya-kun

Well..there goes Guitar Hero..it will now be forever lost in the crap pool of games that were awesome as one or two games..but then died after..100 billion sequels and spin-offs..

fartsimpson
fartsimpson

juanfraino: "Yey! Ill someke everyone in TonyHawk Downhill Jam"

ShadowFrog
ShadowFrog

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gan283
gan283

Can't wait to play next-gen Tony Hawk

J_Bigg
J_Bigg

see all ou people are betting on the ps3 downfall. now look and weep

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

As a follow up to spydermans comments on MUA ,go watch the gameplay videos i was interested in this title till i saw the the bad guys drop coins for crying out loud, COINS. Also can we go with out a marvel game having the two bit x-men villian Arcade in it? Arcades one of the lamest villians ever concieved yet because you can make an easy game level we see him in almost every title. Oh yea in some defence of rodd76doggs position we live in a global economy and when some people choose not to participate it hurts the entire world, even japan really as when their currency gets to valued and it makes the price of japanese electronics go up here, so maybe it all works out in the end anyway.

Ninjo222
Ninjo222

Too bad that at least two of those games for Wii (tony hawk and CoD3) look pretty awful compared to games like TP, RS, splintercell....

djenhancr
djenhancr

Ahhh....now THIS is what I'm talking about! More great games for the PS3 & Wii on launch day!!!! COD3...it'll be a great game either way...no matter which platform. I highly doubt a person is going to look at the detail of an f-ing rock between the PS3 & Wii just because of the graphical performance when they're getting there @$$ handed to them by a sniper. If they do...WAY too much time in their hands. I just get the feeling it'll be more "interactive" on the Wii because of that controller. We shall see. =) I'm gonna go SO broke!!! I can't wait!! WOO HOOOO!!! 9/14/06!!!!!

_sean_05
_sean_05

プレイステーション 3 FTW!

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

It's really interesting that Activision is breaking their own records. But I hope that Nintendo breaks free from the kiddie games for awhile.

rbarahona
rbarahona

Definitely great news from Activision. They are supporting all the next generations console and I hope that the strategy could prove right for them. I'm eager to see what they can do with the features of the Wii and the power of the PS3.

chicken008
chicken008

@ peewee Isn't that just for online?

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Nice I can't until the PS3 comes out. COD is a great game loved it on the 360 so it will be nice to see what they can do with it on the PS3.

wiz4ha
wiz4ha

I love it. "War". "The Console War" is nothing. You folks are all crazy. No one will win but gamers. Buy what you want, game how you want and you'll win.

spydrman5472
spydrman5472

Why the heck would Marvel Ultimate Alliance make anyone purchase a system? It's pretty much a follow up to the Legends titles available on almost all current-gen platforms and have been for years and it's not even close to being an exclusive. If you want a PS3 for that type of game you probably shouldn't even be on a thread like this on a site like this. You buy a system for the exclusives, not the cross-platform titles. Save yourself $200 and get a 360 and a copy of the same game. You'll even have enough dough left over for a handful of more games.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

havnt u guys heard. there won't be third party wii games until after launch. there will only be first party launch titles. and shortly after the third party ones will follow

popopopo_2
popopopo_2

cod 3 launch title ps3 and wii nice one !!!

yohan7
yohan7

it's good to see 3rd party support for the wii.

Jir11
Jir11

Beautiful! :) Marvel Ultimate Alliance is one of the games that will make me purchase the PS3 at launch as well as the Wii. Great news.

3xthrtx3
3xthrtx3

Since nobody else is, I will take rodd76dog's side. While we can all agree that the video game market is a global one, we can also agree that Microsoft is certainly considered an American company and the xbox 360 is an American product. The fact that the xbox 360 is manufactured in China does not change the fact that Microsoft produces it. Just like that Toyota you are driving was manufactured in Kentucky, but it is decidely a Japanese car and product. Bashing rodd76dog is just that bashing him. So, when he says buy American he is being patriotic and should not destroyed for it. I don't agree with his position but I admire his patriotism.

wikkedclown17
wikkedclown17

dood!! wii is gonna totally pwn some n00bz!!! sorry....got a little nerdy there...

revelations
revelations

We all know how the 360 ones came out soooo not exactly good news lol.

thebuft
thebuft

i like activision they have paved my gaming path since day 1 and i look forward to many more releases.

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

Spiderman 3 in June. Yeah this comforts me knowing there will be something during the beginning of the drought.

StrikerGold
StrikerGold

A side by side comparison of the graphics of the PS3 and Wii versions at standard resolution will be a fantastic test as to whether gamers without HDTV should pick up a PS3 or Wii for the third-party games. You'll never see it at a retail store, because they'll only use Hi-Def TV. If there's little difference in graphics, and they both have online and the Wii games are cheaper... the choice is clear.

CadeFlayer
CadeFlayer

rodd76dog: Stop being so stupid and just buy whatever console has the best games. Really dumb to just buy a console cos of what country it was made in.

Nub-Nubbly
Nub-Nubbly

I really dont think that downhill jam will compare to project 8, but it will definatally be a new side of the THPS series.

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

I'm going to be very interested to see how the PS3 and Wii versions of Call of Duty 3 compare.

gogeta85
gogeta85

i just hope the wii version of call of duty 3 does not have any downgraded graphics cause its not as powerful as the systems its playing on

Mark2099
Mark2099

7 launch titles from ubisoft, 3 from activision, and zelda leading nintendos 1st party titles. theres probably others i forgot...... Wii has one hell of a launch lineup.

rodd76dog
rodd76dog

my post was for the ones that say " PS3 is going ot outsale Xbox360" That is all.

assassinX01
assassinX01

well it's good to get at least some definite information on the launch. Nice array of games.

Murpheus007
Murpheus007

I never played guitar hero, but I have played a game much like it where you play bits of a track by pressing certain buttons. I guess this game was more popular than that one because of the guitar controller. I love Activision. I especially loved Spiderman 2. I probably spent most of my many, many hours playing that game just swinging around. Yes, I am easily entertained. Can't wait for Spiderman 3

rodd76dog
rodd76dog

You dont get it. When I say american made I am talking about American NAME. No one knows where half the stuff we buy is actually produce anyway. Microsoft is a american Name. Sony is a japan name etc....

jaredgood1
jaredgood1

Shasam712: IGN reported that 3rd party publishers wouldn't have access to the Wii24Connect libraries until Q1 07. However, my 2 cents is: who cares? I despise on-line play (with the exception of people I am friends with in real life). The amount of trash talk and random ass-hattary is a deal breaker for me. 85% of people who act that way would get their teeth handed to them if they behaved that way in real life (and rightly so).