Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will blow stuff up on November 4

It’s COD-AWnot exactly a surprise that a new Call of Duty game will be launching in November, but there’s something about the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that seems a bit different.

It might be the tone, which appears to be darker than previous games in the series (which were hardly chuckle-fests themselves). Or it could be the prominent presence of a fully-rendered Kevin Spacey, whose starring role in the game was foreshadowed yesterday.

One thing’s for sure: It’s not the name.

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Skylanders claims a trio of sales records

The Skylanders-SWAP-ForceSkylanders are quickly becoming one of Activision’s most valuable franchises.

As part of its earnings call yesterday, Activision noted that the franchise has crossed $2 billion in worldwide sales – a mark no series put out by an independent publisher has ever hit that quickly. But that was just the first of the records.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts expansion to feature ‘Halloween’ boogie man

Usually cod-michael-myerswhen the film and video game worlds collide, it’s a messy affair. The latest run-in, though, is just plain weird.

Activision has unveiled Onslaught, the first downloadable expansion pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts. And in a twist straight out of a B-movie script, the game’s special guest star is none other than Michael Myers, the unstoppable serial killer from the ‘Halloween’ horror movies.

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Activision ships $1 billion worth of Call of Duty: Ghosts to retail

Numbers COD-Ghostsdon’t lie, but they can be massaged a bit.

Activision celebrated the launch of Call of Duty: Ghosts with its customary sales trumpeting, announcing that the game sold $1 billion in its first day of release. Sounds impressive — and it certainly is — but it’s not quite as stunning as you might think.

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Skylanders: Swap Force kicks off video game toy war

Even Skylanders-SWAP-Forcebefore the first Skylanders game hit shelves in 2011, the team at Activision was bracing for competition.

The concept — marry action figures with video games — was largely untested, and while the company bean counters were cautiously optimistic about the prospects for such a hybrid, there were no guarantees. But the developers had already started a countdown.

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Activision surprises gamers with Call of Duty for iOS

When call-of-duty-strike-teamyou’re dealing with a multibillion dollar franchise, new releases tend to be well-telegraphed affairs.

Activision, though, surprised everyone Thursday by releasing an iOS version of Call of Duty without pomp or circumstance. And, in another surprise, it’s being made by a team led by a pair of Rockstar Games veterans.

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Call of Duty: The staggering numbers

If cod-infographic-topyou want to get technical about it, the human race has played Call of Duty longer than it has existed.

New data from Activision shows that since the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, fans of the game have spent 25 billion hours playing Call of Duty games. That works out to 2.85 million years. In contrast, the human race has only been around for 2.3 million.

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