No Call of Duty: XP in 2012

E3 2012: Activision says it has no plans to hold Call of Duty-centric convention again this year, expo in 2013 or later possible.

LOS ANGELES--Activision will not hold a Call of Duty: XP convention in 2012, the publisher told Polygon last night. The inaugural all-things-Call of Duty gathering was held in Los Angeles last September and was an avenue through which Activision and developers Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games promoted Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Not in 2012.

Activision did not provide a reason for not continuing Call of Duty: XP past its first year, but a statement provided to Polygon left room open for an expo in 2013 or beyond.

"While it's possible we may host another XP in the future, we don't have plans to hold the event this year," reads a line from the statement.

The 2011 Call of Duty: XP also hosted a $1 million gaming tournament, a full-scale replica of Modern Warfare 2's Burger Town, a zip-line, paintball matches, and live music performances from Irish-American punk rock band Dropkick Murphys and Grammy award-winning rapper Kanye West.

Tickets for the show ran $150 each, with all of the money from sales going to the Call of Duty Endowment, a nonprofit group founded by Activision in 2009 to help soldiers transition to civilian life with job replacement and training programs.

Call of Duty: XP is not the only Activision-sponsored convention that will skip a 2012 showing. In January, the publisher announced that it would not hold a BlizzCon in 2012, so it could focus on Diablo III, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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17 comments
CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

Gah!! I though it said "No Call of Duty 2013"...could have made my day that.

Agreb91
Agreb91

Call of Duty is stale again. Do something new and people will care that you are not having an expo this year. 

Defy_The_Fallen
Defy_The_Fallen

I reckon it's because it's Treyarch and not Infinity Ward. I don't really know what effect that would have on the decision but... meh. It's a hunch. Can't go to it anyway, I'm stuck in the UK with tea and the queen. 

CyberLips
CyberLips

and not a single f*ck was given...

hadlee73
hadlee73

This is probably because they are for sale.

toddx77
toddx77

Activision not milking COD for all they can?  Thats something new lol.

DITHRICH
DITHRICH

"a little hope in humanity has been restored!" 

muppen
muppen

What a loss.

/sarcasm

R2BDSi
R2BDSi

Black Ops II seems to do something new, which is a good thing they messed with the formula. Because lets hope people don't like the new changes, and stop playin the series all together!

sdnoriko
sdnoriko

I guess they're jumping straight to Call of Duty: Vista?

xxYoDaVaDeRxx
xxYoDaVaDeRxx

The way the preorders are lookin. They have no need for xp cause the game is gonna sell just fine without it.

Crash6
Crash6

Why would they? Black Ops isn't real Call of Duty.......and even ruthless Activision knows it.

HAZCHEM88
HAZCHEM88

And nothing of value was lost.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

 @toddx77 

Well, how can you pay for it when you've been taken to the cleaners by two former employers :D

Zazabar11
Zazabar11

 @HAZCHEM88 Couldn't have said it better myself. Does a single game series really need their own show?