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New Call of Duty Entry Slated for 2013 Release

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Activision will milk the Call of Duty franchise a bit longer

During a conference call following Activision Blizzard's fourth quarter and calendar year 2012 results (pdf), Activision CFO Dennis Durkin confirmed that the Call of Duty franchise will see another installment in 2013 that will "raise the bar even higher". Naturally he didn't offer any details in regards to platforms and the story's time period.

Activision's most recent Call of Duty installment, Black Ops 2, grossed $1 billion in the first 15 days of its release. This helped propel the company's better-than-expected fourth quarter results: a record GAAP net revenues of $1.77 billion, as compared with $1.41 billion for the fourth quarter of 2011. On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s net revenues were a record $2.60 billion, as compared with $2.41 billion for the fourth quarter of 2011.

"We are very pleased to report that Activision Blizzard delivered the best performance in its history," Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick stated. "As we look to 2013, we will continue to invest in our established franchises, as well as several new properties. We expect these investments to drive our growth over the long term and to enable us to deliver superior returns to our shareholders in the years to come."

He noted that in the short term, 2013 will likely fall below the company's record selling 2012 performance due to the challenged global economy, the "ongoing console transition" and the success of Diablo III. Launched last May, the action-RPG was the #1 best-selling PC game at retail, breaking PC-game sales records with more than 12 million copies sold worldwide through December 31, 2012.

Yep, it might be hard to top that in 2013.

But there's hope for the new year: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is slated for a March 12, 2013 release (finally). The company also kicked off the new year right with the release of Revolution, the first downloadable map pack for Black Ops II. It was released on the Xbox 360 on January 29 and will land on other platforms within the quarter.

As for the note about "transitioning consoles", it seemingly indicates that the company is understandably facing an uncertainty about what 2013 will bring. As it stands now, Sony and Microsoft have yet to officially announce their next-generation systems although numerous reports point to a possible 2013 retail debut.

That said, in a market dominated by cheap, high-quality mobile games, pricing will be crucial for console makers and publishers alike. Consumer reactions to the new platforms are unknown at this point: will they want to invest in next-gen hardware, or keep what they have and invest in a tablet instead? This uncertainty alone must be tough to face for the console industry on a whole.

 

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    JOSHSKORN , February 8, 2013 5:22 AM
    So what is this, Call of Duty 5, Modern Warfare 4 or Black Ops 3? I lost track what's what.
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    cats_Paw , February 8, 2013 6:34 AM
    Call of money
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    Anonymous , February 8, 2013 5:32 AM
    Activation said they wiill put out a COD every year until it stops selling just like tony hawk. This isn't a surprise to make, it keeps making more money every time. Only when it flops hard will they stop making them.
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    quark004 , February 8, 2013 5:01 AM
    this crap again
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    nieur , February 8, 2013 5:13 AM
    They should push back the release date so it can be released on next-gen consoles and use new engine
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    JJ1217 , February 8, 2013 5:13 AM
    quark004this crap again


    I hate COD, but you can't deny BO2 was probably a step in the right direction. I played it once or twice and it felt like a much more mature game.
  • 6 Hide
    anxiousinfusion , February 8, 2013 5:20 AM
    Groundhog day.
  • 15 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , February 8, 2013 5:22 AM
    So what is this, Call of Duty 5, Modern Warfare 4 or Black Ops 3? I lost track what's what.
  • 9 Hide
    frombehind , February 8, 2013 5:24 AM
    They make Billions of it every year... I would be stupid of them not to keep riding it as long as they can
  • 10 Hide
    Anonymous , February 8, 2013 5:32 AM
    Activation said they wiill put out a COD every year until it stops selling just like tony hawk. This isn't a surprise to make, it keeps making more money every time. Only when it flops hard will they stop making them.
  • 8 Hide
    ironmb , February 8, 2013 5:34 AM
    As long as the sheep buy it, they'll keep making it.
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    shikamaru31789 , February 8, 2013 5:35 AM
    I remember an interview with an Inifinity Ward employee nack when MW3 released that said their next game would be next-gen with a brand new Engine, and it is IW's turn in the 2 year cycle. I really hope it turns out that way, CoD badly needs a new engine, I'd love to see support for more players, some destructible environment, and of course better graphics. However, even if they do make a new engine, it probably won't look as good as BF4, which is rumored to be a next-gen launch title as well.
  • 6 Hide
    melvis72 , February 8, 2013 6:00 AM
    The milking of that cow never ends
  • 6 Hide
    noobcannon , February 8, 2013 6:30 AM
    didn't see this coming...
  • 11 Hide
    cats_Paw , February 8, 2013 6:34 AM
    Call of money
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    randomizer , February 8, 2013 7:33 AM
    Quote:
    Activision CFO Dennis Durkin confirmed that the Call of Duty franchise will see another installment in 2013 that will "raise the bar even higher".


    Careful, if you raise it any higher it will become a tripping hazard.
  • 5 Hide
    ojas , February 8, 2013 7:35 AM
    Not surprised...
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    rohitbaran , February 8, 2013 8:29 AM
    Surprise! Call of Duty is being released again this year!
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    dragonmeister , February 8, 2013 9:16 AM
    Black Ops 2 made nearly $1 Billion. Why would they stop.
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    bowzef , February 8, 2013 10:22 AM
    why do they need to stop? maybe for reason blizzard activision are killing gamming and innovation.. very simple when market is saturated with CoD people try to replicate CoD... pretty much sums it up they evil company just like EA... blizzard is no longer respected anymore long gone days of Diablo 1 and 2 :/  good example is bioware... another company going down hill!! its major big players in gaming biz that control to much and it really ruins gaming alltogether... but sheeps are to blame as much as these companys that make these games maybe one day people will stop with CoD games lets hope so for furture of gaming :/ ...
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    g00fysmiley , February 8, 2013 11:31 AM
    i still don't get why people buy CoD games, i have played them in multiplayer at friend's houses who have multiple copies each year and multiple copies... it is ok but not stellar, hell tribes ascend is f2p and 100x funner , well i guess somebody has to crank out first person closed world shooters , and you can't blame them, they do sell
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    bucknutty , February 8, 2013 11:54 AM
    10 year anniversary of COD. I had a PC lanparty when the first cod came out (man that was an amazing game for the time, prone, iron sites, cone of fire) I plan to have a lan party for this one. There’s a good chance COD 1 will get more play time but who knows. Who wants to come?
    I Love COD!!
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    vertigo_2000 , February 8, 2013 12:04 PM
    So if they only charged $40 for the game, they would only gross $667 million dollars. Not nearly enough to run the company. Piracy is ruining the gaming industry. This proves always on internet connection DRM must be implemented immediately, for the sake of the corporations!
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