Activision readying one Revolution, three PS3 launch titles

Publisher's April 2006-March 2007 schedule includes three games for Sony's next-gen machine, one for Nintendo's; Xbox 360 gets quartet while PSP takes five.

After reporting disappointing 2005 holiday earnings today, Activision executives held a conference call to talk about their plans for the future. As the company cited the ongoing transition from current-generation platforms to next-generation consoles as a major factor for its lower-than-expected profits, executives were eager to tell the Wall Street analysts participating in the call about their plans for the new crop of machines.

In its 2007 fiscal year, which runs from April 2006 to March 2007, Activision will "remain committed to maintaining a leadership position on next-generation platforms," said Activision publishing president and CEO Michael Griffith. Griffith said that, during those 12 months, his company plans to release five PSP titles and four Xbox 360 titles--one of which will be the just-announced multiplatform X-Men: The Official Movie Game (working title). More importantly, he revealed that Activision is planning to ship three PlayStation 3 launch titles and one Revolution launch title during that period. The revelation is further confirmation that both consoles will almost certainly launch by year's end, most likely in November.

Though Activision didn't name its PS3 and Revolution titles, it's likely that they will be based on existing properties. Stung by the less-than-stellar reception of its all-new IP, Gun, which Griffith admitted "performed below our expectations," the publisher said that "fiscal 2007 will be a year of caution and investment as we manage through the remainder of the transition and focus resources to prepare for accelerated growth in the next cycle." In other words, the publisher will be relying on its stable of tried-and-true franchises, which includes Call of Duty and Quake.

Ironically, Activision did identify some of the games set for release during its 2008 fiscal year (April 2007-March 2008). Those will include tie-ins for the films Shrek 3 and Spider-Man 3, as well as new titles based on the adventures of skater extraordinaire Tony Hawk and the X-Men comics and films. No specific platforms were mentioned, but given that all next-generation consoles will have been on the market for months, it is almost certain the four franchises will be appearing on either the PS3, the Revolution, or the Xbox 360--or on all three.

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devilj
devilj

yo yous r 4gettin spiderman3!!! hav u even seen da trailer....(-.-)

soulitier
soulitier

well thats cool but iam still not getting a ps3 theres olny 2 games that i want for it are mgs4 and ut 07. and as much as i like gun the tony hawk and the spider man games iam not throwing down 600-700 bucks for 5 games. and thats why i would get the spider man3,tony hawk8, gun2 for the revloution or the 360

truelove79
truelove79

ah yes, and it starts again. even thought the revolution will be an amazing machine, it gets the shaft for third-party support. 1 game for it vs. 3 for the PSuck3.

Pablo620
Pablo620

The box they mentioned is actually a boat

Pablo620
Pablo620

Im on that boat ^ ^ Ps3 makes my heart stop too, i thought i was the omly one, good to know im not alone, but then my heart starts beating and I turn to anger at the fact I dont know a release date or price. Launch line up doesnt really bother me though

Pablo620
Pablo620

Im pretty sure that one Revolution title will be a port of Tony Hawks 7, i mean 6, i mean 5, i mean 4, i mean 3...yea they're all the same doesnt matter

Bluestorm-Kalas
Bluestorm-Kalas

xeidog69 point well taken about games being same ol same ol but thats what I like, i like resident evil, twisted metal, shooter games because they are the same just different twists on enemies and storyline, people do not want new things because sometimes new is not better, but improved on the game is always better, improved means better

Bluestorm-Kalas
Bluestorm-Kalas

Khimarhi, me and you are in the same box buddy, hearing about the ps3 coming earlier makes a gut wrench in my stomach, not nervous but excitement, god bless the ps3, down with revolution's controller!

Khimarhi
Khimarhi

Can't wait. . Everytime i get news like this it makes my heart stop for a moment knowing that the ps3 is less then a year away

cyprus646
cyprus646

Thats the 1st american developer to support the revolution that i have seen : -)

Mit_Man
Mit_Man

And: " WHAT?! Nothing announced for DS? What is Activision thinking? .... Oh yeah, they can rehash whatever PS2 game they have released and make it a PSP game, but DS takes some REAL CREATIVITY.... That's why they are not announcing anything for DS. ..... GUN failed because it is a GTA for cowboys." Did you not see the part about the REVOLUTION title? The Revolution contains a lot more innovative features that require a lot more creativity than the DS.

Mit_Man
Mit_Man

If the Revolution title is based off an existing property I'm gonna be pissed, especially if it's a Tony Hawk port >_>

runstalker
runstalker

I like Activision. Sure, they commit to some movie-license fluff, but rarely does Activision release substandard games. And this is actually the same Activision that goes back, you know, like 30 years. Activision pre-dates EA, Ubisoft, you name it. Unlike Atari which is just french Infogrames with a new name and has NOTHING to do with the original Atari, Activision is primarily the same US company that brought Pitfall into your home decades ago. They also have the best retention of executives, PR and marketing staff of any major publisher...'cause apparently it's a decent place to work.

automaticsnake
automaticsnake

looks like PS3 gonna have a lot of game for launch.

StillWingless
StillWingless

indirect confirmation about next-gen releases from one of the developers... i'm sure sony and nintendo are proud. XD

fmcuk
fmcuk

WHAT?! Nothing announced for DS? What is Activision thinking? .... Oh yeah, they can rehash whatever PS2 game they have released and make it a PSP game, but DS takes some REAL CREATIVITY.... That's why they are not announcing anything for DS. ..... GUN failed because it is a GTA for cowboys.

MiKaNoH
MiKaNoH

i think a Activision's launch title for the Revolution ever was just odvious, if they dont release a launch title for REV, would be very bad, strange and confusing...

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

sorry about the double post, i hate when that happens. by the way pc's rock the house, i really want a quad sli rig, with dual double core prossecors, and yes, more than 512 of ram(if you were wondering yes i'm ripping on the consoles). thank you, to bad i don't have a job, i'll settle for my current config. peace.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

i personally like the xbox, why, i reason it as a good budget pc, and the revoltuion will ge sweat because it has all that true consoly goodnees. i do however find the playstations, 1 and 2, and most likely 3 to be the bastard childs of a great corpratemachine that ultimately offers it's consumers way over priced hardware. i would like to point out that two generations later sony will finally launch a system with more than two controller ports(they had more than two right, jk, they are wireless) to bad they're controlers still uniformally suck. the only reason sony gets any good games is because developing for it is really cheap. that is also why playstations have the most crappy games for them.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

i personally like the xbox, why, i reason it as a good budget pc, and the revoltuion will ge sweat because it has all that true consoly goodnees. i do however find the playstations, 1 and 2, and most likely 3 to be the bastard childs of a great corpratemachine that ultimately offers it's consumers way over priced hardware. i would like to point out that two generations later sony will finally launch a system with more than two controller ports(they had more than two right, jk, they are wireless) to bad they're controlers still uniformally suck. the only reason sony gets any good games is because developing for it is really cheap. that is also why playstations have the most crappy games for them.

bobreturns
bobreturns

the revolution will be so much better that the ps3 and when you buy a ps3 you will be crying that you didn't buy a revolution

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

I am excited about the Revolution title.

frankeyser
frankeyser

gun was by no means a bad game. it is deffinatly worth a rental or borrowing it from a freind. only took me five hours to beat and another two to get 100 percents but it was a fun 8 hours.

Reetesh
Reetesh

That means Revolution will come atleast till march 2007 :P Theres a Indirect clue

cusoker
cusoker

Yah!!! More sequals and movie tie in games!!!! w00t w00t!!! (yes, that was pure sarcasm)

n3oS7oRm
n3oS7oRm

PS3 is gay, X360 ownz give it up >:)

Mehfuz
Mehfuz

gun is a cool game good news for ps3

sacul555
sacul555

finally a revolution title announced by the 3rd party dev. Think of quake with Revolution's controler.(if that's the rev. game)

dwmorrow
dwmorrow

Oh boy! More subpar movie tie-in games from Activision!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

poo.....too bad the REV doesn't have 5 and the psp 1.

Mitrix
Mitrix

New games from activision, that's cool, they are good publishers.

s0l0123
s0l0123

I wonder what the Revoultion title would be, hope it's a good one.

plightstar
plightstar

Though Gun was short it had an amazing storyline and its the first truly western game that works, love the fact you could go on horse back anywhere.

azizrulez
azizrulez

finally some nex-gen titles by big companies

FuguNabe
FuguNabe

Well it's good to here the support for Revolution. I wonder what game it could be though.... regardless it's looking rosy for both PS3 and Revolution. Luckily for me I'm getting all three, though still not 100% convinced on X360. Must say though that a decent original title Gun didn't do so well compared to some of the lamer rehashes of familiar licences and stuff is a lil sad. Oh well.... Mainstream will alway be mainstream I guess.... sadly people still don't like to think outside of the square.... SMH. One of the main reason that's preventing game developers from gambling and being more creative.

Lammbock
Lammbock

Same sequels as every year, bring 'em up... I can't wait to play Tony Hawk 56...

townsenda1
townsenda1

One for the Revolution is better than none.

Bathyj
Bathyj

Isn't it funny how people always complain about too many sequels and not enough original content yet a game like Gun fails and the company has to rely on franchises just to stay afloat. Next time you complain about sequels realise its our fault as much as theirs. We control what sells. Personally I like sequels. Each one is usually better than the one before it (unlike the movie industry) and making videogames is a process of refinement, meaning they (hopefully) build on a good original concept, cutting out the bad, injecting more good. Grand Theft Auto 9 on PS5 is gonna be sweet. I'll be 40 by then and lovin' it. P.S. You don't win friends with salad!

mikekare79
mikekare79

The Revolution is gonna be sweet.

Z00Mbite
Z00Mbite

why must they keep on making movie based games??? ugh

BlueAtlas
BlueAtlas

I'm really hoping that all these new coming games are good sellers, so Activisions earnings go up, and my 1000 stock shares of the company will be worth a lot by march 2007.

dru26
dru26

From what I hear pre-orders will be available Feb. 22 , if and only if ,Sony finally announces a Japanese date for the system, which is expected to be december.

boolow407
boolow407

Everyone else see what I see? "The revelation is almost further confirmation that both systems will ALMOST certainly launch by years end, MOST LIKELY in November." Maybe im reading into it too much. We all know that the Revo wont make its appearance until then, but whats all the hype about PS3 launching in spring about? Its already Feb. and still no word from Sony. It will of course be launched in Japan first, but they havent done so yet UNLESS they are gonna launch worldwide. Another thing. I havent heard anything on a 299 or 599 bundle preorder from gamestop for a PS3. A VERY few gameCRAZY's (Hollywood videos game store) are taking preorders for the PS3. The minimum deposit is 50 bucks, and they are "blank" pre orders,but will guarantee your name at the top of the list when they start taking pre-orders officially. Kinda like a pre-preorder. He couldnt say when the official pre-orders where gonna be taken,or even an official launch. I was gonna do it, but I want more info on the PS3 first.(weak launch line up and other nasty rumors squashed)ALSO BEWARE OF IDIOTS ON EBAY TAKING PREORDERS!!! If you are dumb enough to fall for that you deserve to get ripped off. Scam artists are taking preorders on Ebay for 10-20 bucks. When you recieve nothing, Ebay charges 25 to investigate,meaning you are out the money, reguardless. That is why the pre-orders from those clowns is so low. Imagine if they got 100 idiots to send them 20 bucks. Thats 2K they made. Also think-If Best buy or gamestop(the pre-order kings) arent taking preorders yet,why are these people doing it?