Get ready, Guardians: Activision Blizzard confirms 2017 release for ‘Destiny 2’
The sequel to Destiny will arrive later this year, Activision Blizzard confirmed in its 2016 fourth quarter earnings report. We still don't know its official title, but post-launch content has been confirmed as well. The post Get ready, Guardians: Activision Blizzard confirms 2017 release for ‘Destiny 2’ appeared first on Digital Trends....
With a bet on diversity, Blizzard reveals Overwatch’s queer character
 After months of hinting, Blizzard finally revealed which member of Overwatch’s colorful cast of characters counts themselves part of the LGBTQ community. The much-anticipated reveal came in a seasonal digital comic centered around Tracer, the spritely Londoner with gravity-defying hair who proved to be an early fan favorite and the literal face of the game. The comic… Read More ...
Overwatch’s trivial depiction of an Hindu Goddess Devi is just not cool
Overwatch is in the news again and this time, it’s for depicting a Hindu Goddess as an in-game hero. US-based Rajan Zed is the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism. At this moment, he’s taken exception to a skin that Blizzard introduced for Overwatch’s Symmetra. The skin transforms Symmetra into something not unlike the Hindu Goddess Kali by giving her blue skin, vaguely Indian attire and a set of poses that vaguely resemble traditional depictions of Hindu Goddesses.&...
Overwatch’s sexualisation of an Indian God is just not cool
Overwatch is in the news again and this time, it’s for depicting a Hindu Goddess as an in-game hero. US-based Rajan Zed is the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism. At this moment, he’s taken exception to a skin that Blizzard introduced for Overwatch’s Symmetra. The skin transforms Symmetra into something not unlike the Hindu Goddess Kali by giving her blue skin, vaguely Indian attire and a set of poses that vaguely resemble traditional depictions of Hindu Goddesses.&...
Activision command a 500 million strong user base with Candy Crush acquisition
Activision Blizzard announced that they’ve completed the acquisition of King Digital, the makers of Candy Crush Saga for $5.9 billion. With the completed acquisition, Activision Blizzard now commands a staggering user base of 500 million gamers, making it the “largest gaming network in the world.” The numbers are understandable when you consider that the company now owns and operates some of the largest gaming franchises in existence today. These include Call of Duty, World of ...
Report: Activision Blizzard acquires most of Major League Gaming’s assets for $46 million
According to a report, Activision Blizzard has acquired the majority of Major League Gaming's assets for $46 million. MLG has also announced a new CEO. The agreement comes after a tough year for MLG. The post Report: Activision Blizzard acquires most of Major League Gaming’s assets for $46 million appeared first on Digital Trends....
Activision buys ‘Candy Crush’ maker for $5.9bn in bid to reach mobile audience
In a bid to reach a global community of mobile game players, Activision has announced its intention to acquire Candy Crush Saga creator King Digital Entertainment in a deal valued at $5.9 billion. The post Activision buys ‘Candy Crush’ maker for $5.9bn in bid to reach mobile audience appeared first on Digital Trends....
Blizzard invites players to The Grand Tournament in the next Hearthstone expansion
It's been a little while since the last major Hearthstone expansion, Goblins vs. Gnomes, was released, so it must be time for another: The Grand Tournament adds 132 new cards and is coming this August. The post Blizzard invites players to The Grand Tournament in the next Hearthstone expansion appeared first on Digital Trends....
World of Warcraft subscriber base plummets to seven million
World of Warcraft has cemented itself as the primary draw of the MMORPG market. However, Activision Blizzard has reported that the game has lost three million subscribers in Q1 2015. The post World of Warcraft subscriber base plummets to seven million appeared first on Digital Trends.
Blizzard’s team brawler mashup Heroes of the Storm gets June 2 release date
Blizzard's team brawler Heroes of the Storm, which mashes together characters and locations from the developer's other games like StarCraft, Warcraft, and Diablo, launches on June 2, with an open beta arriving May 19. The post Blizzard’s team brawler mashup Heroes of the Storm gets June 2 release date appeared first on Digital Trends....
Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure arrives April 2 with new classes, lairs
Hearthstone fans finished with Curse of Naxxramas and anxious for a new single-player adventure don't have much longer to wait, as Blizzard has revealed that the Blackrock Mountain adventure add-on will be released on April 2. The post Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure arrives April 2 with new classes, lairs appeared first on Digital Trends....
Activision video game ‘Destiny’ sets pre-order record: Report
An Activision Blizzard executive said on Tuesday the company’s upcoming “Destiny” shooter game has set a video game industry record as the most pre-ordered new title.   Activision, the largest US video game publisher by revenue, has made a massive bet on “Destiny” by investing $500 million to develop and promote the title in a bid to build the sci-fi role-playing videogame into its next multibillion-dollar franchise.   Activision Publishing Chief Executive...
Getting started with Diablo III: Reaper of Souls and the Loot 2.0 changes
We bring you up to speed on the changes Blizzard's "Loot 2.0" update wrought on Diablo 3 and help you get started in the new expansion, Reaper of Souls.The post Getting started with Diablo III: Reaper of Souls and the Loot 2.0 changes appeared first on Digital Trends.
‘Skylanders: Swap Force’ preview: Mix & match your way to victory
Vicarious Visions appears to have another winner on its hands in Skylanders: Swap Force, a revised take on the kid-friendly series that - true to its title - allows for different parts of characters to be swapped around, to varying effect. The post ‘Skylanders: Swap Force’ preview: Mix & match your way to victory appeared first on Digital Trends. ...
Gamed: Shut up and let Neil Gaiman take your money, and leave Phil Fish alone
In this week’s edition of Gamed, we look at Microsoft’s newly announced love of indie gaming, Activision Blizzard is going indie, and Neil Gaiman needs your money so you should shut up and give it to him. The post Gamed: Shut up and let Neil Gaiman take your money, and leave Phil Fish alone appeared first on Digital Trends. ...
Activision Blizzard goes independent with $8 billion buyout of Vivendi
With former parent company Vivendi struggling under significant debt, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, along with co-chairman Brian Kelly and Tencent Holdings, secures the financial future for both companies. The post Activision Blizzard goes independent with $8 billion buyout of Vivendi appeared first on Digital Trends. ...
Xbox 360 victorious at end of year-long Microsoft-versus-Motorola patent battle
In 2012, Motorola accused Microsoft's Xbox 360 of infringing on multiple patents. Now, the matter is finally settled, with the judge who suggested the ban in the first place ruling that the Xbox 360 doesn't infringe on Motorola patents.
As Transformers and Bond sales sink, Activision backs away from licensed games
Call of Duty and Skylanders may rule the roost today, but Activision's empire was built on video games based on movies, cartoons, television shows and other licenses. With mobile and social games eating into the sales of licensed console games, though, the publisher is backing away from its old business.
Skylanders series hits $1 billion in sales, but Activision must remember past mistakes
With two games, myriad mobile apps, and over 100 million action figures sold, the Skylanders series has become Activision's latest billion dollar franchise. Disney Infinity, aging game technology, and Activision's history of saturating the market could hamper Skylanders' growth.