Activision has traditionally been one of our first stops at E3, so hearing that the Activision E3 booth game lineup only includes three titles is surprising. According to an official announcement this morning, Activision will be showcasing Cal of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Skylanders Trap Team and Destiny.
That’s it. No Spidey. No new IP. Nothing we haven’t already seen and/or heard about. But holy cow that’s a nice triumvirate.
The mega-publisher has scaled-back its game numbers in recent years, presumably to focus on quality rather than quantity. Still, to see the Activision E3 booth game lineup only three deep is a bit surprising.
I’m not so sold that those three games are really all that’s in store, though. Microsoft’s E3 press conference starts in a few hours, and Sony’s is later tonight. If any new-game announcements are coming, those will be the places they hit, and Activision isn’t about to steal those companies’ thunder.
Saying there will be more games in Activision’s E3 booth is heresay and rumor of course, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see at least one more game creep into the Activision E3 game lineup. But, presuming the publisher plays it safe and stays in the three-game wheelhouse this year, let’s take a trip down memory lane to see what’s in store.
Destiny — In development by Bungie, the creators of Halo, Destiny is a first-person action game that takes place in a story-driven universe. The saga unfolds through adventures that immerse players in an expansive world filled with cooperative, competitive, public and social activities, all seamlessly connected. In Destiny, fans become Guardians of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power and explore the ancient ruins of our solar system from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Gamers must battle humanity’s enemies and reclaim all that was lost during the collapse of mankind’s Golden Age. The Destiny release date is currently scheduled for Sept. 9 this year. Destiny will ship for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Skylanders Trap Team — In development by Toys for Bob, which created the original Skylanders and thus the “toys to life” genre, Skylanders Trap Team lets kids take characters out of the digital world and bring them into the physical world. In Skylanders Trap Team, Portal Masters seek out and defeat the most wanted villains in all of Skylands, pulling them out of the game and into living rooms by capturing them in Traps. Players can then send villains back into the game where they play as them to fight for good. Because of this new functionality, Skylanders Trap Team has a “Traptanium Portal” that lets kids bring their Skylanders to life and also capture villains using the new Traps. Skylanders Trap Team introduces new heroes known as Trap Masters. The game’s release date is Oct. 5 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Wii and Wii U.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare — COD: Advanced Warfare delivers for the first time in the Call of Duty franchise “exoskeleton” gameplay. Players become a advanced soldier enabled with the power of the exoskeleton, an advanced arsenal of never-before-seen weaponry, new abilities and new gameplay mechanics. The first Call of Duty to benefit from a three-year development cycle, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is built specifically for the next generation consoles. The game takes place in a future setting that immerses players into an emotional journey with a new cast of characters poised to set a new bar for the franchise. The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare release date is scheduled for Nov. 4 for Xbox One and PS4, with Xbox 360, PS3 and Windows PC versions also in the works.
These three games are all solid, but it wouldn’t surprise us at all if the the Activision E3 booth game lineup ended up including one “surprise” that comes out of the Microsoft and/or Sony press conference. We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.