Here’s a roundup of today’s news found elsewhere on the internet:
Activision outlines Call of Duty reshuffle (gamesindustry.biz) - Activision Blizzard has moved swiftly to counter any investor concern over the recent Infinity Ward executive departures of Jason West and Vince Zampella by announcing a reshuffle of the Call of Duty franchise.
Under plans announced today, while Infinity Ward will continue to work on the downloadable content for Modern Warfare 2, Treyarch will add this year's wholly new title and an additional CoD game has been confirmed for 2011.
However, while it's not clear if that game will be an Infinity Ward title, is has been announced that Sledgehammer Games - a studio formed last November by ex-Visceral studio head Glen Schofield and Dead Space executive producer Michael Condrey - "is in development on a Call of Duty game that will extend the franchise into the action-adventure genre," according to a statement.
Meanwhile Activision is forming a dedicated business unit to bring further focus on the multi-billion-dollar franchise, to be led by Philip Earl - currently the company's head of publishing in Asia-Pacific.
And Infinity Ward will be led by Activision's CTO Steve Pearce and head of production Steve Ackrich on an interim basis as it is confirmed that West and Zampella are "no longer with the company" - although no further details have been given.
"2010 will be another important year for the Call of Duty franchise," commented Mike Griffith, president and CEO of Activision Publishing. "In addition to continued catalogue sales, new downloadable content from Infinity Ward and a new Call of Duty release, we are excited about the opportunity to bring the franchise to new geographies, genres and players."
Regarding "new geographies," the statement also revealed that the company was "in discussions with a select number of partners to bring the franchise to Asia, one of the fastest growing regions for online multiplayer games in the world," as it looks to build Call of Duty into a truly global IP.
Negotiations Underway to Inflict Space Invaders Movie on Us All (Kotaku) - Did you ever play Space Invaders and, while you were dodging and firing and shooting, make up a story about who was in the tank and wish you could someday see them in a movie? Yeah, I didn't either.
Apparently someone at Warner Bros. has. The Los Angeles Times reports that the studio is negotiating with Taito for the feature film rights to the franchise. The Times says that, if a deal is reached, Mark Gordon, Jason Blum and Guymon Casady would produce the film. Gordon's credits include "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Day After Tomorrow." Blum produced "Paranormal Activity." Casady is a Hollywood fixture with plenty of A-list clients.
I don't know how this movie ends, but I'm willing to bet in a key scene the tank blasts through a shield and fires in between two full columns of invaders to bullseye the flying saucer.
You may recall that Asteroids will also become a feature film, with Universal having won the rights last summer to produce that. I'm not sure which game's premise has less of a story, but the upside is, there's very little canon for any schlocky adaptation to be unfaithful to. Space Invaders also is a year older than Asteroids, so I foresee this arms race ending only one way: "Pong: The Official Movie of the Game."
Diablo III's Male Wizard Is A Sexy Rock God (Kotaku) - Blizzard has revealed the male model of Diablo III's wizard class, sporting a look that many late 70's, early 80's rock stars would have given all of their chest hair for.
First the female monk, then the female barbarian, and now this guy, the male wizard. Comparing concept art to concept art, the male wizard in Diablo III is showing just as much, if not more skin than his female counterpart, who made her debut during BlizzCon 2008. My goodness, has this game really been in development this long?
Of course, when you look at the in-game model, seen below, the male wizard is covered from head to toe in clothing and armor, while the female version still has her arms and neck exposed. I hope there's an outfit that looks more like the sexy rock god concept art, as that's how I plan on rolling in Diablo III.
Now we just have to wait for the female witch doctor, and then Blizzard can release the game!
American McGee shopping around Little Red Riding Hood (vg247) - American McGee has posted images to his flickr page showing concept art of a mature-themed Little Red Riding Hood game.
McGee’s development company, Spicy Horse, is currently working on a sequel Alice, entitled Return of Alice and hopes that if the Red title is picked up, it can be developed alongside of Alice 2.
“If we get lucky, then a publisher might pick this up and we can build it alongside or after Alice 2″, said McGee.
Currently EA is set to release Return of Alice when it’s finished.
According to the image text, McGee and Spicy’s Ken Wong have been working on the project for years and hope to sell the concept at GDC next week to publishers.
Both images were created by Spicy Horse artist Luis Melo.