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Publisher Activision and Developers Magic Pockets have announced the development of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is in development for the 3DS.

The game is going to be a a third-person action game exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS. The story will tie in with the new Michael Bay-produced movie.

The game is described as a fast-moving hack-and-slasher with RPG like elements such as switching between the four turtles and leveling them up to gain abilities and stat points and even craft new weapons.

Also release are a couple of screenshots which can be viewed below

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare opened the gameplay footage at the Microsoft E3 press conference, along with an announcement that all DLC will be coming first to the Xbox One.

Phil Spencer showed off the game with a new gameplay video, which showed off some impressive visuals and new nuances to reinvigorate the series. Quick movements and futuristic weaponry played key roles.

The exclusivity comes as no surprise given Activision’s long term deal with Microsoft.

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Activision is putting a whopping $500 million behind the upcoming FPS MMORPG game, Destiny.

The online website, Reuters, reports that Activision are spending this huge amout of money in order to make Destiny its second billion dollar IP alongside the successful Call of Duty series.

The fee has been confirmed to be accurate by a spokesperson, and says that it includes “marketing, packaging, infrastructure support, royalties and other costs”.

The game would have to sell upwards of 15m units when it is released on September 9th just to break even with the first game’s budget. That would put the game in the top 25 best selling games of all time, its quite a gamle on Activision’s part.

To compare it to a recent success, Grand Theft Auto V cost in the region of $260m and has to date sold over 32.5m units.

“Bungie’s very ambitious plan is designed to unfold over a 10-year period. The depth of creative content, scope and scale is unprecedented and is required to bring Bungie’s vision to life.” added an Activision spokesperson. “[Investment in the next-gen engine and a] robust backend infrastructure are upfront expenditures that should reduce future product development costs. Over the long term, we expect the ultimate product costs to be roughly in line with other triple-A titles.”

Destiny is developed by Bungie and published by Activision. The game will be released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on September 9, 2014, with a beta testing phase planned for this upcoming summer.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game is available now, and can even be played on Xbox One despite Activision’s statements to the contrary last month. The game is out on PC too, and doesn’t look half-bad on max settings.

The following screens were captured by Reddit user Devam13, showing off some impressive visuals of the game at its best:

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You can see the full set on Devam’s IMGUR account here.

Few things can match free-roam web-swinging through the city for Spidey fans, and developer Beenox has put a lot of work into the mechanics for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Webs actually attach to physical objects and buildings this time out – so no more swinging from the moon.

If you want to run the game at these settings, the recommended PC specs are:

OS: Windows 7 64-bit

CPU: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 or 2.6 GHz AMD Athlon II X4 620

RAM: 4 GB System Memory

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 or AMD Radeon HD 4850

DX: DirectX 9.0

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has officially been announced by Activision and Sledgehammer Games, coming this November 4th – and it features Kevin Spacey!

Published by Activision and developed for next gen consoles and PC by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare promises to deliver “a breathtaking, new vision for the blockbuster franchise.”

“We’ve made several key decisions with an eye towards creative excellence on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. We’ve really approached this game differently,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “This is our first three-year development cycle. It’s our first time with Sledgehammer Games at the creative helm. And we’re shaking up the formula in several ways. New core gameplay mechanics with the exoskeleton suit. A riveting new story. An iconic new character played by one of the world’s best actors in Kevin Spacey. We’re having a lot of fun making this game, and we think the world is going to have even more fun playing it.”

Here’s the awesome Kevin Spacey trailer. It’s K-Pax’d with action (heh):

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare jolts players forward in a ground-breaking experience that’s ripped-from-the-headlines-of-tomorrow, envisioning a future where both technology and tactics have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise. Set in the year 2054, a private military corporation (PMC) has emerged with the power to rescue humanity from a devastated world struggling to rebuild after a global attack on its military and infrastructure. You are the advanced soldier. Empowered with new, cutting-edge exoskeleton abilities, technological advancements and high-tech gear, players join the ranks of a highly-trained, specialized unit committed to restoring order in a state of advanced warfare.

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“It’s been a lot of fun working with the team to bring Jonathan Irons to life. The technology is truly remarkable and unlike anything I’ve done before. I’m excited to see where this goes,” said Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is being developed specifically for next gen consoles and PC. This is the first iteration of publisher Activision’s expanded three-year development cycle allowing the debut lead title from Sledgehammer Games an added year of studio development. With the expanded production capabilities, Sledgehammer Games is able to create an astonishing new, next generation experience, featuring an array of technical advancements from the sights and sounds that create a near photorealistic world unlike any Call of Duty before, to new performance capture and facial animation technologies that deliver lifelike characters, to a rich and immersive story that brings the fiction to life.

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“This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and an honour for Sledgehammer Games. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the most ambitious and creative project we have ever worked on. From the endless research and thousands of production designs, to our incredible focus on the narrative and amazing attention to detail – we’re taking nothing for granted,” said Glen Schofield, co-founder and game director of Sledgehammer Games. “Call of Duty connects with the fans on such a deep level, and crafting a new vision for the next generation has been so inspiring for us.”

Michael Condrey, co-founder and studio head of Sledgehammer Games added, “Glen and I created this team with the singular vision of delivering the best work of our lives. We know we’re stepping into some pretty big shoes, but every day I’m amazed at the talent and focus at work here touching everything from the story experience to multiplayer. We’re excited to lead the next chapter in this great franchise, and we can’t wait for November 4th.”

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Activision and Hasbro have announced that Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark will be coming to both next and current gen consoles with a release date set for this June.

In Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark, players will choose from over 40 playable characters from the two different universes as they battle to secure the Dark Spark. Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark will be releasing on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,Wii U, 3DS and PC.

Serving as a follow-up to both the upcoming Transformers live-action film, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Activision’s Transformers: War For Cybertron and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron titles, Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark jumps worlds and factions as it weaves the tale of the hunt for an ancient relic as powerful as the Matrix of Leadership – the Dark Spark. Players will be able to switch between the heroes of the noble Autobots and the nefarious Decepticons throughout the single-player campaign. Similar to High Moon Studios’ Cybertron entries in the highly regarded series, gameplay features nimble, fast-paced running-and-gunning combat paired with traversal and vehicle action across open battlefields for large-scale, dynamic conflicts.

Players will also see the return of the fan-favourite multiplayer mode, Escalation, which delivers wave-based, survival-style gameplay for up to four players online cooperatively. It features new, upgradeable defence systems, recognisable adversaries from the lore, and an expanded roster of playable characters from past and present. Additionally, an exciting new levelling system transforms single-player and multiplayer into one unified, persistent character development path. Experience earned in any part of the game unlocks potent awards and loadout choices – including new characters, stronger weapons, special abilities and consumable bonuses – for use throughout the entire game.

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Activision and Tony Hawk have announced Tony Hawk’s Shred Session, a new game for smartphones and tablets by UK studio Big Bit.

Currently planned to release this summer, Tony Hawk’s Shred Session will see players swiping the screens of their respective Apple and Android devices with a single finger to perform trick combos as they skate through levels as a top pro. These simple, intuitive touchscreen controls make pulling off tricks easy and fun, while leveling-up and unlocking more advanced tricks will give longtime fans the depth and complexity they expect in a Tony Hawk game.

“I‘m stoked that Activision shares my vision for an original skateboarding game on mobile,” said Tony Hawk. “It’s exciting to evolve with new technologies, and Shred Session is a whole new direction.”

From the Santa Monica boardwalk to the twisted streets of London, every location in the game has been reimagined as a skater’s dream. There are two modes in Tony Hawk’s Shred Session: Survival, where players pull off continuous tricks and combos as long as they can; and Shred Sessions, where players rip through levels to complete classic Tony Hawk game objectives, or compete head-to-head against friends’ top scores.

Real world skateboarding detail has not been overlooked, as players will be able to choose to skate as one of six modern day pros (Chris Cole, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Lizzie Armanto, David Gonzalez, Riley Hawk, and of course Tony Hawk himself), each with their own signature moves. Each rider can be outfitted with real skate brand apparel, and decks can be customized with signature designs that include bonuses to help reach even higher scores.

For more info on Tony Hawk’s Shred Session for select Apple and Android mobile devices, follow the game on Facebook at www.facebook.com/THShredSession or on Instagram at @THShredSession.

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The next game in the Call of Duty series will feature Kevin Spacey.

The news was revealed in a teaser trailer released yesterday, which features a Kevin Spacey close up as he says “Ideas don’t determine who’s right, power determines who’s right. And I have power, so I am right.”

You could be forgiven for thinking it was an advert for his TV show, House of Cards, until the terms and conditions man ruins it at the end by saying “this product is not yet rated” in that fast voice that makes them think we won’t hear it. People reading out small print in a fast voice is odd.

The full reveal is expected to take play on Sunday, May 4th.

Check out the Kevin Spacey Call of Duty teaser below:

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Video Game is here, and to celebrate, Activision has released a new launch trailer for the action adventure film tie-in, showing off some of the villains Spider-man will be up against over the course of the game.

The game is a tie-in to the recently released Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie, but developer Beenox has gone beyond the story with additional villains, including the rage fuelled fan-favourite Carnage.

Just like its predecessor, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 features an open-world with third-person action gameplay. But this time the Manhattan map has been “greatly expanded”, giving players more freedom to explore.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is available on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS and PC from today. The Xbox One version has been indefinitely delayed..or maybe not.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is available to download on the Xbox One right now, despite the announcement by Activision that the game will be indefinitely delayed on Microsoft’s next-gen console.

Peter Parker’s latest video game outing, which follows the events of the previous game with influence from the recently released The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie, is currently available on the Xbox Store for US gamers and via the Xbox One dashboard, priced $59.99 USD.

The game appears to be fully functional and release-ready, as one user proved earlier today via Twitch. The stream is offline at the time of writing, though it didn’t show any game breaking bugs or technical reasons for the game to be delayed on the Xbox One while it was active.

Devleoper Beenox also appears to be in the dark on the Xbox One release, revealing their confusion and frustration with the whole situation via Twitter yesterday:

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Activision did not provide an official reason for the Xbox One delay, stating to Eurogamer they were working with Microsoft to release the game “at some point”. Wikipedia lists the Xbox One release date as July 1st.

The game is officially scheduled to launch today on Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, & Xbox 360 in North America. It will be releasing in the UK/EU on May 2nd.

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