The Next-Gen Cometh from Activision
During their E3 conference in May, video game giant Activision—the company that publishes the “Call of Duty” franchise—CEO Bobby Kotick said there were still many unknown factors concerning the next-gen gaming consoles. Of course, he’s referring to the Big 3: Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft’s Xbox One and Nintendo’s Wii U. Kotick noted that consoles no longer compete against just each other, but also with new platforms, such as mobile devices.
In Activision’s first quarter the developer/publisher reported over $1.3 billion in net revenue, a figure that was $164 million more than the company’s own prediction and nearly 13 percent more than the same period last year. Activision has been able to buck the trend of “console fatigue” largely because of the success of its “Call of Duty” franchise, and “Call of Duty: Ghosts” is certainly among the most anticipated next-gen titles. That title and some of the other hardware on display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2013 conference and show in Los Angeles in June has helped generate some interest in next-gen consoles and led many gamers to ask which system will be the best.
While certain high-profile titles like “Deadpool,” “Tony Hawk’s Project 8,” “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” and “Tom Clancy’s The Division” will be available on multiple platforms, other titles will be exclusive releases for the PS4, Xbox One or Wii U. Some of the biggest include:
Sony is the current darling of the upcoming console generation. After a series of missteps by both its main competitors, the PS4 is poised to strike the market at just the right price point with just the set of features that seem to have made many gamers ready to get their hands on the new console. Some of the most anticipated Sony releases include “Final Fantasy XV,” “The Order 1886,” “DriveClub,” “Knack,” “Blacklight: Retribution,” “DC Universe Online,” “Diablo III,” “Mercenary Kings,” “Primal Carnage: Genesis” and “Warframe.”
After a series of highly public mistakes, Microsoft’s Xbox One seemed to be on the ropes. Luckily, in the months since the highly disastrous initial unveiling of the system, Microsoft has rolled back numerous unpopular initiatives that originally plagued the Xbox One. Still, with a higher price point than either of its competitors and the tide of public sentiment against it, the Xbox One has a long uphill fight on its hands. Exclusives for the Microsoft system include “Project Spark,” “Titanfall,” “Quantum Break,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Halo,” “Killer Instinct,” “Fantasia: Music Evolved,” “Minecraft Xbox One Edition,” “Project Spark” and “Titanfall.”
After an initial strong launch, Nintendo’s Wii U system has hit some serious roadblocks in finding the mainstream acceptance of its predecessor. In the entire period between launch and this writing, the system has only managed to sell less than 4 million units total–and 75% of those were during the first 60 days. Still, with a number of high profile first party exclusives on the way, it’s too soon to count the Wii U out of the race just yet. At the same point in its life, the 3DS appeared to have had its goose cooked, and now it’s one of the best selling systems on the market. Nintendo’s exclusives include “ZombiU,” “Pikmin 3,” “Wii U Zelda,” “New Super Mario Mii,” “ZombiU,” “Rayman Legends” and “LEGO City Undercover.”
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