Posts Tagged ‘Activision’

Activision Buys Candy Crash Firm King.Com For $5.9Bn

That is… quite a lot of money. $1.9 billion more than Disney paid for Star Wars. $3.4 billion more than Microsoft paid for Minecraft. $3.9 billion more than Facebook paid for Oculus. $5.15 billion more than EA paid for PopCap. Hell, even if you just succumb to temptation and round the $5.9 billion (or approximately £3.8 billion/€5.4 billion) Activision Blizzard just paid to acquire King.com up to $6 billion, that’s 100 million dollars you’re flinging about the place like it ain’t no thang. Quite a lot of money. And for what?

Well, for a company which makes free-to-play match-3 puzzle games that are played by a helluvalot of people on Facebook and mobile (and there are PC versions for Candy Crush Saga too, naturally).

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Activision Blizzard And Their New Team Of Esports

So Activision Blizzard’s creating a new division “devoted to esports” within the company. It’s going to be chairman-ed by the former CEO of ESPN and the NFL Network, Steve Bornstein, and senior vice presidente-ed by a co-founder of Major League Gaming, Mike Sepso. There’s a press release and everything.

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Watch More Jeff Goldblum In Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3

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Alright, so we’re not the sorts to post every Call of Duty: Black Ops III [official site] trailer, but we are the sorts to post things with Jeff Goldblum in. We’ve known he’s going to be in Black Ops 3 since July, but now there’s a new trailer explaining the set up for why he, playing a magician, is going to be fighting alongside a boxer, an actress and a cop in its co-op Zombies campaign mode, Shadows of Evil. Watch it below.

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Vomit To Death With CODBLOPS 3’s Chaos Powers

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] has a “sonic anti-personnel” ability which lets you “literally bring your enemies to their knees by making them sick to death.” When you use it, people straight up vom’ till they die. The latest trailer, found below, introduces this and other Chaos Cybercore abilities.

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Wot I Think – Transformers: Devastation

Transformers: Devastation [official site] is a third-persion brawler’n’shooter from Platinum Games, they of Bayonetta fame, and concerns itself with Optimus Prime and a few Autobot chums kicking seven bells out of Megatron and his cronies. Heavily styled after the 80s cartoon and toys, is this empty nostalgia or a deft blend of past and present?

The little boy in me is overjoyed. The somewhat grown-up, discerning games-player in me is not unhappy either.

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Call Of Duty Black Ops 3’s Story Trailer/Dumb Marketing

As far as marketing stunts go, Activision’s Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] flurry on Twitter through the week was, how shall I put it, not very well thought out. Live-tweeting a fake-but-pretending-to-be-real crisis will turn heads, but what happened to simply showing off a trailer or dropping some screens? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. RPS: serving you, minus the hysteria.

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Transformers: Devastation Still Looks Spectactular

I remain mildly concerned that Transformers: Devastation [official site] will be a game I can only watch others play rather than do much with myself, because these bony hands have never been great at combos. But look at it. LOOK AT IT. Even if you’re not dangerously susceptible to 1980s toylines, it’s a delight to behold. High-speed tyrespins on downed enemies! Fights on top of collapsing suspension bridges! Mid-air hammer/tyrannosaur switching! Even Bumblebee doesn’t look like a total prick.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3’s Bans And Protects

I like the Ruhanga multi-animal logo

Massively jetlagged as I am, I decided to ease back into the post-International real world by catching up with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 [official site] announcements from Gamescom. Either I am stuck in a MOBA fever dream or Blops 3 really is introducing a protect and ban phase to competitive play. Tell you what. I’m going to cover it as if it’s real and then you can just let me know (gently) whether it’s all just a big hallucination. I’m also going to put a wodge of new screenshots in.

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Wot I Think: King’s Quest Ch. 1 – A Knight To Remember

Oh wow.

I really had no idea what to expect of the return of King’s Quest [official site]. The original series were mostly terrible, twee and poorly constructed adventure games, but it had its moments, and certainly found its place in nostalgia. The news of its return after a few abortive efforts seemed like it could bode well, especially with The Odd Gentlemen (PB Winterbottom) behind the wheel. Trailers were confusing, not making it clear if it was an adventure game, platformer, third-person somethinger. But I waited to see. Here’s wot I think:

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Adventure Begins: King’s Quest Episode 1 Released

The adventure has begun! Both the episodic new King’s Quest [official site], and what might really happen as Activision dusts off the old Sierra name and catalogue for the modern age. It’s not the first game released under the new Sierra ‘indie label’ (that’s Geometry Wars 3), but King’s Quest is pretty iconic for Sierra. It can never live up to people’s memories of King’s Quest, but might it be a merry lark?

You can find out for yourself, as the first episode, named A Knight to Remember, launched last night. Come have a peek in the appropriately ’80s launch trailer:

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