Last week, while Call of Duty: Ghosts was flying off shelves, Activision looked at the future of the franchise, Sony released a trailer for the delayed DriveClub, and the release date for Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes got a little clearer.
New Call of Duty Coming Next in 2014
Activision will continue the tradition it has followed since 2005 and release a new CoD title next year. "We expect to launch new Call of Duty and Skylanders titles and our major, new potential franchise with Bungie's Destiny," said CEO Bobby Kotick during the company's quarterly earnings call. "We will also continue to develop Call of Duty Online with our partner TenCent for the growing Chinese market."
Released last week for current-gen platforms, Ghosts will be a launch title when the next-generation consoles come out later this month. Reviews have been favorable, although many have criticized the developer for not pushing the franchise forward. It's unlikely the familiar tone will upset fans, however. The company recently revealed that to meet demand, it shipped out $1 billion worth of units ahead of its launch.
New Trailer Released for DriveClub
DriveClub may not be released until 2014, but that hasn't stopped Sony from drumming up excitement. Last week, the publisher released a new trailer for the game, showing off impressive graphics and BMW's new M235i. Check it out above.
The delay in the game's release was a bit of a shock, since it was originally slated as a launch title for the Xbox One and Playstation 4. Developer Evolution Studios insisted that more time was needed to make an impressive product. "We understand that the delay is disappointing news, but can assure you that the reason we have made this decision is to ensure that when DriveClub launches, it will realize the next-gen racing vision," said Sony exec Shuhei Yoshida.
MGS: Ground Zeroes Coming This Spring
Ground Zeroes, the standalone prologue to MGS V: The Phantom Pain, will be released in spring 2014. The game, which will introduce fans to the franchise's new direction, will follow Big Boss on a single mission inside a Cuban prison camp.
"There will be a significant difference in what Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain brings to the series, so we want to ease players into the new open world environment and its potential, allowing them to fully benefit from all that the new game offers," explained MGS creator Hideo Kojima.
Ground Zeroes will be available for Xbox 360 and PS3 for $29.99 in stores and $19.99 as a download. Next-generation versions will cost $29.99. A release date has not been announced.
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