Activision Blizzard has launched a film and TV studio, entitled Activision Blizzard Studios, to make shows and movies based on its popular video game franchises.
The first of these will be an animated Skylanders show entitled Skylanders Academy. It will star Justin Long (Drag me to Hell) as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale (Phineas and Ferb) as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks (Mike from Breaking Bad) as Eruptor and Norm Macdonald (Saturday Night Live) as Glumshanks. Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz will also play supporting roles.
Activision Blizzard Studios is also planning to make Call of Duty films and possibly a TV series. According to its announcement, the studio "envisions a series of Call of Duty feature films as well as the possibility of television adaptations."
It is the end of an era: on 3rd September, five years of Xbox timed exclusivity for Call of Duty comes to an end.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's final DLC, Reckoning, has been detailed prior to its 4th August release on Xbox Live.
UPDATE 01/06/2015 7.15pm: Here's a new trailer of Exo Zombies' Carrier episode, featuring loads of playable Bruce Campbell.
Amid all the April Fools' Day shenanigans there are some actual goofy discoveries that just so happened to be discovered upon this most ridiculous of days. One of these is an incredibly obscure Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Easter Egg that lets you defeat zombies with exploding hamburgers.
A headteachers group has threatened to report parents who let their children play 18-rated games to the police and social services for neglect.
UPDATE 30/03/2015: Denial eSports have been crowned 2015 Call of Duty world champions.
UPDATE 30/03/2015: The first trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Ascendance DLC has gone live. As seen below, it shows off a new enemy: a zombie in mech. Oh dear.
UPDATE 26/02/2015 7.34pm: The PC version of Havoc has been delayed until 3rd March, Activision has announced.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is banning players who deliberately kill themselves to "reverse boost" their levels.
Gaming analyst group NPD has revealed the top 10 highest selling games in the US retail market.
The first DLC pack for Sledgehammer's first-person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches on 27th January, Activision has announced.
Disney's all-conquering animated movie Frozen was the UK's best-selling entertainment product of 2014.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the UK's Christmas 2014 number one.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare sales are roughly 27 per cent lower than those of last year's Call of Duty: Ghosts - at least as far as retail copies go in the US.
As reported by Street Insider, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson noted this decline based on figures from stat-tracking company NPD. According to its November report, Activision sales fell 22 per cent in November, with Advanced Warfare facing a 27 per cent decline year-over-year with the previous Call of Duty.
"This is disappointing data following first week Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare sales showing a year-over-year increase," Olsen said. "NPD data does not include digital copies or international sales, which, if included, would lessen the year-over-year decline, but we believe this data suggests potential for Q4 revenue upside is now very low. "
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer portion is free to play on Steam this weekend.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's "biggest title update yet" is now live on PS4 and Xbox One, Sledgehammer Games announced on its forum.
The new patch will be applied to PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 "soon."
"We've included weapon balancing tweaks, fixes and improvements for emblems, improvements within the Player Lobby (including a new way to view your Armory), map exploit fixes, spawn improvements, connectivity optimisations, improvements to our anti-cheat measures, and even more," the developer said.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Exo Zombies mode will be included in the game's first DLC expansion, Havoc, due this January.
Activision is blocking some Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare YouTube videos it believes promote exploits and cheating.
Activision and Sledgehammer Games have released a patch for the PC version of first-person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that's designed to improve online connectivity.
Many players have experienced problems while playing the game online across all formats: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, including lag, so hopefully this update will go some way to improving matters.
Elsewhere, there's a fix for Prestige reset issues.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare sold more copies during its launch week than last year's Call of Duty: Ghosts in the UK, according to official sales figures from Chart-Track.
But that claim comes with three major caveats.
Firstly, Ghosts did not launch on Xbox One at the same time as the other versions - that version arrived in the UK a week later.
Sledgehammer's first-person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare blocks PlayStation 4 Share Play.
Share Play is one of the PlayStation 4's most eye-catching features.
UPDATE: Reports are coming in that people are having problems downloading and installing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on Xbox One, too.
It looks like Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's zombies mode is downloadable content.
The Xbox One version of first-person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare outputs at a resolution of at least 1360x1080, developer Sledgehammer has said.
UPDATE 31/10/204 8pm: Sledgehammer Games studio head Glen Schofield has acknowledged the leak with the following tweet: "Nothing I can do about it now. But yeah it sucks. Imagine you're playing and this comes up- you'd be psyched up, right?"
This sounds about as close to confirmation as you can get without it actually being an official confirmation. So everybody try to act surprised when the Zombie Mode is officially announced, okay? These devs worked hard on this.
ORIGINAL STORY 31/10/204 8.05am: It looks like Sledgehammer Games' first-person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will include a zombies mode after all - if a leaked CGI trailer is to be believed.
Sledgehammer Games co-founder Glen Schofield has spoken out about a recent leak of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that saw a number of unannounced details revealed ahead of the game's official release next week.
How's your expensive solid-state drive working out? Got 55GB spare? Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will need it.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be a Cross-Buy affair on PS3 and PS4, Sony has announced.
Sledgehammer Games added character persistence to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Exo Survivor mode because of the feedback to the survivor mode in Modern Warfare 3.
Activision has revealed Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's four-player co-op mode, Exo Survival.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare brings a lot more to the franchise than Kevin Spacey, so Activision released a seven minute video detailing all the additions this latest installment brings to the series' multiplayer.
Call of Duty fans will get a special in-game reward for Destiny when they pre-order COD: Advanced Warfare at GAME.
This year's Call of Duty game will not release on the Wii U console, Activision has confirmed to Eurogamer.
The limited edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 1TB Xbox One pack will be exclusive to GAME in the UK, the retailer has confirmed.
Priced at £429.99, the bundle will be available from 4th November.
It is currently the only way you can get a 1TB-sized version of the console (and one coloured by custom COD decals, too).
Microsoft used its Gamescom 2014 briefing in Cologne to announce three new bundles for its Xbox One hardware, including a new ceramic white model being made available to the public for the first time.
If you pre-order Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare you can play it a day before its official launch.
Activision has noticed an industry-wide downturn in video game pre-orders, previously thought to be the best indicator a publisher has for demand.
There is, as you would expect, a season pass for sci-fi first-person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Today Activision announced that the season pass includes four DLC map packs that will eventually be sold separately, as is Call of Duty tradition.
Meanwhile, there are three Advanced Warfare Collector's Editions, ranging from £70 up to £100.
Microsoft has opened its E3 2014 conference by showing off new footage of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and confirming that once again the series' DLC will launch on Xbox One first.
No mention was made of exactly how long the game's add-ons will be Xbox-exclusive, but previous entries in the series have been awarded around one month's lead time on Microsoft's platform.
Set in Seoul, the glimpse of gameplay shown showed a team of commandos survive a helicopter crash only to be attacked by a swarm of killer robots. Players progressed using a car door as a riot shield.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is going to be a bit different than previous CoD games for one reason: you'll be outfitted with a slick cybersuit will allow you to boost-dodge, climb with magnetic gloves, jump unrealistically high, hover in mid-air, and enable optic camouflage.
UPDATE: Amazon has updated with product listings for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and has versions down for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
There's no listing for a Wii U version at this time, however. Last year's game, Call of Duty: Ghosts, did launch on Nintendo's console, courtesy of Treyarch's Wii U team.
ORIGINAL STORY: Activision has released the debut trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the next game in the gargantuan first-person shooter series.