Activision Blizzard released its quarterly financial report last week, and it didn’t come as too much of a surprise to learn that Infinity Ward will launch a new Call of Duty game this holiday season. Activision did say, however, that this will be a new “ innovative” entry into the long-running franchise – not a word usually associated with Call of Duty.
There’s been a Call of Duty game released every year since Call of Duty 2 in 2005. The development of the titles was split between Infinity Ward and Treyarch on an alternating yearly basis but the franchise moved from a two-year to a three-year development cycle in 2014, with Sledgehammer Games joining the other two studios as a lead developer.
It will be Infinity Ward’s first Call of Duty game since 2013’s CoD: Ghosts, which was the first game in the series to appear on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The developer knows it has a lot to live up to – last year’s entry, Black Ops 3 from Treyarch, was thebest selling game of 2015.
We don’t know what the upcoming game will be about; it could be a new Ghosts or Modern Warfare, but Infinity Ward did post a tweet mentioning “reaching new heights” last month that included a picture of an astronaut. Could this hint that the game will be set in space (like the brief section that appeared in Ghosts)? It could explain why Activision is using the term “innovative.”
Activision reported that its quarterly and yearly sales were down last year. The company’s adjusted revenue for the quarter was $2.12 billion, down from $2.21 billion from the same period a year earlier and below its forecast of $2.15 billion. Total revenue for the year was $4.62 billion, compared to the $4.81 billion it made across all of 2014.
The company said that two of its expected big-earners, Skylanders Superchargers and Guitar Hero Live, performed weaker than it anticipated. Activision blamed this on greater competition in the toys-to-life genre and the “casual audience’s shift to mobile devices.”
As is usually the case, Nvidia is on the ball with another GeForce graphics card driver release ahead of a major game launch. Today’s drivers, version 361.91 WHQL, bring ‘Game Ready’ optimizations for Street Fighter V, which launches tomorrow on PC and PlayStation 4.
The GeForce 361.91 drivers also include optimizations for the Hitman beta test on PC, which will be available next week, as well as the Monster Hunter Online open beta and the latest Arma 3 update. On top of these optimizations, Nvidia has included SLI profile updates for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, XCOM 2, Need for Speed, Rainbow Six: Siege,The Division, Bless, and Elite: Dangerous.
While not strictly related to this driver, Nvidia has released signed firmware images for the latest GeForce GTX 900 series cards under the open-source Nvidia driver. This will allow Linux developers to bake in hardware acceleration on GM200 and GM204 GPUs, with Phoronix expecting support to be included into Linux 4.6.
If you’re more interested in the latest driver release, you can either let GeForce Experience perform an automatic update for you now, or you can grab a manual installer from our driver download page here for Windows 10, and here for older operating systems.
Fans of the Resident Evil franchise have something to cheer about today as Capcomannounced that three popular Resident Evil games are heading to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.
Resident Evil arrived on the original PlayStation in 1996 and is considered by many to be the defining game in the survival horror genre. There have been numerous sequels, prequels, remakes, comics and full-length movies over the years. As of September 2013, the franchise had sold over 60 million units worldwide.
Last year, we learned that Capcom approved a remake of Resident Evil 2. This, of course, came after the release of the HD remake of the original earlier in the year. And in September, Capcom announced a new physical disc bundle for fans called theOrigins Collection that includes remastered versions of the original game and the Resident Evil 0 prequel.
The fun gets started on March 29 with the arrival of Resident Evil 6 followed by Resident Evil 5 this summer. That leaves Resident Evil 4 to launch in the fall. Interestingly enough, Capcom elected not to release the titles in chronological order but I digress.
Capcom says all three games will be offered digitally for $19.99 each. Those in the Americas will also have the option to buy physical disc versions (people still do that, right?).