Raven answering Call of Duty?

[UPDATE] Singularity developer reportedly pulled off future X-Men, James Bond projects to work on Activision's blockbuster military shooter series; Black Ops DLC rumored.

Source: A Kotaku article citing a source close to Raven Software reports that the studio has stopped development on two future projects in order to work on a Call of Duty game instead.

What we heard: Call of Duty is a big part of Activision's business. So big in fact that in the publisher's recent restructuring, it dedicated one of its four business divisions to making new installments and spin-offs of the military shooter series. Three of Activision's highest profile internal studios are currently working on the franchise: Infinity Ward (Modern Warfare 3), Treyarch (Black Ops), and the newly formed Sledgehammer Games (unnamed adventure game).

Here's a shot of Singularity. Presumably, a Raven-developed Call of Duty game would have fewer spectral ghouls.

With a trio of top-tier installments en route an an Asian-developed massively multiplayer online game also in the works, the need for more Call of Duty games might seem unnecessary. However, when it comes to making new installments of a phenomenally successful franchise, Activision isn't known for restraint. One only has to look back to 2009, when the publisher released seven distinct Guitar Hero games even though the rhythm genre was imploding.

If Activision needed a studio to pick up a hit first-person shooter franchise without missing a beat, Raven is well suited to the task. The developer has previously offered its own take on established shooter series with last year's Wolfenstein, 2005's Quake 4, and 2002's Star Wars Jedi Knight II, and it has an original body of work in the genre that boasts games like Soldier of Fortune and the forthcoming Singularity.

The Kotaku article reports that in order to make room for the Call of Duty project on Raven's schedule, two of its future projects were put on hold. The games in question were said to be a James Bond title and an X-Men game. If Raven had been working on a 007 game intended to tie into a new Bond movie, that project could very easily have been postponed. Production on the next film has been suspended indefinitely in light of financial turmoil surrounding its distributor, Metro Goldwyn-Mayer. Activision is also already rumored to have a non-cross-promoted, driving-focused James Bond game in the works in the works at Bizarre Creations, with a recent retail listing dubbing it Bloodstone.

As for the X-Men, the last time Activision worked specifically with Marvel's mutant team was for last year's Raven-developed X-Men Origins: Wolverine film tie-in. Given the wealth of X-Men film projects in various stages of development (a sequel to Wolverine, Deadpool, and Magneto spin-offs, as well as a prequel called X-Men: First Class), there would seem to be little need for Activision to create a game without a film tie-in. However, movie-based games are often developed on short timelines, and publishers almost always plan to launch them alongside their on-screen inspiration for maximum synergy. However, the Wolverine, Deadpool, and X-Men: First Class films are are all only in the early stages of preproduction, meaning their game tie-ins could be temporarily shelved if something more pressing came along.

The official story: A representative with the publisher told GameSpot, "Activision does not comment on rumor and speculation."

Bogus or not bogus?: [UPDATE] Looking not bogus. Further reports now point to Raven working on a downloadable content pack for Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops, due out later this year. With Activision reaping record profits from the first Modern Warfare 2 map pack--and just announcing a second round of DLC for the game--it seems likely the publisher could easily put aside other projects in order to quickly cash in on the upcoming title.

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saltso
saltso

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jokethis21
jokethis21

@The_Luigi , Lol Wolfenstein? People still play that?!?

rakan959
rakan959

The FPS genre is one of the biggest gaming genres of all time, and it will probably never implode. That's because of all the hardcore FPS gamers that play it. Now, as for Activision. Think of the Call of Duty series as a mountain. Modern Warfare 2 was the top of the mountain and it all goes down hill from there. They've been pumping out games too fast since release, meaning that they will likely stop making profit. The thing is, the majority of CoD players are teens who buy the games because they can't have their own opinion and need to fit in with their friends. CoD is going down, Respawn Entertainment is going to make some decent games, and Reach is going to take so much business away from Activision that hopefully they'll stop milking CoD and move on to something new.

The_Luigi
The_Luigi

Poor Raven, Wolfenstein and Singularity are way funner than generic grimdark shooters nowadays, and now they're stuck doing another mediocre CoD title.

athenian29
athenian29

It's official: Activision no longer knows how to be creative - only relive the past.

mulder_000
mulder_000

DLC=Print your own $$$$. Let's see we'll come out with basically the same game every year (check), charge full-price (check), oh and btw we'll strip 2 or 3 main things out of your $60 game and then sell them back to you in installments of $10. The only DLC I have purchased was for GTAIV, and these were pretty much stand alone games almost. If this keeps up, the gaming industry is going to feel the wrath of the people, like the Record Industry is going through now! While I'm on a rant, I couldn't care less about Madden 11, I've already bought that game 7 years in a row...give us a roster update..now that would be DLC that's worth it! Goes back to playing NFL 2k5

MAX_RAMBONE
MAX_RAMBONE

"I like the gore raven did with Wolfenstien...if only COd had the carnage of wolfenstien...." Hehe, agreed! The throat-stab gurgle was a particularly satisfying choice. Can't have too much decapitation in videogames. WAW had it over MW2 for cripes sake. Those twitching, legless corpses always made betty-kills a treat.

wolf0
wolf0

Raven not made alot of good games

aaronfhff123
aaronfhff123

I like the gore raven did with Wolfenstien...if only COd had the carnage of wolfenstien....

CharlesSteak
CharlesSteak

@jch123 There's no need to boycott Call of Duty games. If they stop offering anything new (what else could they possibly offer in the 9,400 iterations to come), not only will not buying the games just come naturally, but the games will quickly be relegated to the discount bin along with Guitar Hero 5 and Tony Hawk: Ride.

loosecannon16
loosecannon16

I see this as a pack called: Call of Duty : Corporative SPAMFare

Ugly_Geezer
Ugly_Geezer

With Ravens past history of developing top rated AAA highly regarded titles, what can go wrong?......... oh hang on :D

HappyBB
HappyBB

Secretly, I wish any of upcoming CoD games will not do too well to give the greedy and evil Activision big lessons!!

akz_chris
akz_chris

activision will release so many call of duty without having any idea about making different games.other famous companies has variety in their jobs for making new games but activision just working on call of duty and guitar hero for what....? im sorry for activision and that will be loser

jch123
jch123

I think its time to boycott Call of Duty. Lets be honest, its not going to get any better than MW2 and Activision is obviously trying to suck money out of us through Franchising. If we boycott, then they'll be forced to stop over saturating the market and possibly (not likely) make a decent ORIGINAL game.

maverick_76
maverick_76

Pretty soon the FPS genre will implode like the rhythm genre because of over saturation.

moe725
moe725

@Stryder_18 probably not

Stryder_18
Stryder_18

Are we ever going to see more Spec Ops missions for MW2?

JJB03
JJB03

this is getting stupid there obviosly just taking advantage of us gamers i don't like this

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

Wow.. Working on DLC alongside of makeing the game? They are pretty much just NOT putting content into games anymore in hopes to sale em to us later for ten bucks.. heh

0678
0678

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JHG6784
JHG6784

Next DLC a Turn Base WW2 reenactment of Allies fighting against Vampire Zombie Nazi called COD MW2: Operation Darkness...... um nm

M212
M212

Vietcong zombies maybe?

killing_spree20
killing_spree20

retroboy333, above all it's just that the gameplay in COD is getting stale. The moving and shooting still feels the same from COD2, they can stick with the COD brand, but they need to make it play abit different. Oh and as to B:BC2...2 words, words of greatness. Destructable Environment, no shooter should be without it. And for the PC side, a company willing to make use of the top end hardware (DX11 and the features it brings) and Dedicated Servers. Not some lame matchmaking 'feature'.

killing_spree20
killing_spree20

Activision just don't leran do they. On the other hand a Raven COD game might be good. I loved the SOF games sooooooooooo much. They remain to this day the only games worth taking the time to shoot people in the kneecaps.

sgtblizzard
sgtblizzard

im sick of the COD drama thank god that medal of honor is going modern

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

They're trying to milk the Call of Duty franchise till the last drop before Bungie comes out with its new game for Activision. And right now, I think that the success of that game is going to be on top of Activision's mind because if it does, that'll give them another franchise which they'll continue to milk for the next 10 years !!!

g0ddyX
g0ddyX

Its a good FPS shooter franchise, keep em coming. Activision may have a taken a few lessons off Nintendo on milking

Chaos_Eagle
Chaos_Eagle

@Gamer999000 : Milking a franchise = Squeezing every last coin of money out of a franchise. Getting as much as possible.

SturmFuehrer
SturmFuehrer

yeah yeah yeah..Activision might de overdoing the whole franchise which people tend to forget it's an already over saturated franchise or are you forgetting the WWII Ip's??? hmm?? Second and most importantly if Activision truly decides to bring Raven Software on board, This could be a big alignment of the stars, helloo!!! Military Shooter + Raven Software?? anyone forgot how amazing Soldier of Fortune 1 & 2 and how grisly and gorily detailed they were?? Don't you remember that S.O.F. was developed by Raven and distributed by Activision or viceversa?? this might be it, this might be the ultra military shooter that will be just right and much more!!! I hope they bring more blood and gore to the amazing gun show that is Call of Duty: whatever episode it is...

Henninger
Henninger

Now i can say that Activision is overdoing it. The Black Ops is interesting, the Future Warfare game i had a feeling on, & now they have Raven doing this game 4 them as well??? Activision, way to milk the franchise. Now ur gonna oversaturate the gaming world with Call of Duty's.

NinjaMii
NinjaMii

DLC already? WTF? Right now i just want to know wat black ops is about. its all about the campain for me.

Flint247
Flint247

Black Ops DLC rumored? ROFL, the game is not even out yet. XD

retroboy333
retroboy333

Why do you people expect that now after successfully releasing a new COD game every year with huge critical and financial success they will slow down?? Activision haters are dumbest people ever. I repeat that. Just at the moment when IW stuff escaped from Activision, you started to hate MW2 and blame Activision. Now they praise EA's Bad Company 2 because they hate Activision, even though it's not even that GREAT of a game, and it's quite generic. Even Treyarch's World at War is considered superior to MW now. Obviously all Activision haters are too young to know about how EA ruined half of industry's talent some 5-10 years ago. And they don't know that Activision has always been the strongest FPS publisher. They won't screw COD franchise any time soon. Believe me.

retroboy333
retroboy333

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duke-nukem11
duke-nukem11

cant be arsed with COD anymore. ill stick to bad company and medal of honor

GDNLJB1
GDNLJB1

there can be no doubt that they will eventually dissolve infinity ward, but my guess is that they are waiting to release the next COD MW before they do so - in the hopes that the game is commercially successful thus proving to investors the recent exits have not had a negative impact and thus allay fears that closing the studio will have a negative impact on income.

Gamer999000
Gamer999000

@Getix-01 What do you mean by milk a franchise?At what are you so amazed at?Not anyone can go see activision. By The Way Activision is a gaming company not a milk company.

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

Not only is this gonna kill the COD Franchise, but the entire FPS genre as well. Which is actually a good thing because sooo many FPS have been coming out lately it's starting to become rediculous. Activision will ring a new age in gaming, and kill themselves in the process.

Getix-01
Getix-01

WOW! ever want to learn how to milk a franchise go see activision

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

I'm betting Infinity Ward will be divided up and absorbed by other studios, maybe Raven, and then we'll see Raven making MW3. Activision has a bad policy of forcing whatever is popular down peoples' throats. Guitar Hero took off, and they went nuts. Within a few years the bottom completely dropped out of the genre. Shooters will never die off in the same way, but I think this year will be the last where it's profitable to this extent. MW2 is a hit, Black Ops will be a hit, and we've also got EA bringing back MoH. They'll sell well, but probably burn everyone out.

ATLien712
ATLien712

what the hell would i want to buy an action/adventure army game for, that has to be the dumbest thing i've ever heard of, its gonna end up like a terrible ass call of duty gears of war type of game

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

so there making: - COD: Black Ops (should be great) - MW3 - An action adventure cod - An MMO cod - cod: Future Warfare, Space Warfare, Secret Warfare, and Advanced Warfare - and a probably a load of dlc for them all is there anything i missed? i mean that is way too much. dont get me wrong i love cod games, but really too much.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

call of duty is great (except 6 wasn't that good) but all these spin-offs are just annoying, really do they expect people to buy all of these games? not just 1 cod a year (which is a lot) but also a whole load of other cod games in different genres, i think they are just milking the series way too much now and a completely ruining what is a great series. But saying this i am looking forward to black ops still.