Thursday, 10 February 2011 09:52

Activision to slash headcount by 500

Written by David Stellmack
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Despite profits actually being up
Activision will be making some changes as the company announced its numbers. Despite profits being up, the company will be realigning some things, which will result in a loss of about 500 jobs as the company makes some changes, with a heavy emphasis going forward on their electronic delivery and subscription-based services.

That is not all that we learned. Activision will not be releasing any music or skateboarding games during 2011. The new True Crime: Hong Kong game has also apparently been canned, and the Guitar Hero or music development teams are being dissolved. The news of no Tony Hawk title during 2011 marks the first time since 1999 that a new title has not arrived in the franchise.

As for what we can expect, look for a lot more downloadable content from Activision, as company was able to move 1.4 million downloads of the latest Call of Duty map pack in the first 24 hours. Also look for two releases from Blizzard, which are Diablo 3 and Heart of the Swarm (which is the first add-on pack for Starcraft 2).

Activision does not currently look for these titles to arrive this year, but instead it is expecting them in 2012. Activision will continue to invest heavily in the Call of Duty projects that the company continues to work on, which includes some sort of Call of Duty-based subscription title.


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+23 #1 nECrO 2011-02-10 10:42
Typical corporate behavior. Losing money? Cut jobs to appease the stock markets. Making tons of money? Cut jobs so you can make even more money, then give fat bonuses to the overpaid and worthless upper management.
 
 
+17 #2 Warhead 2011-02-10 11:21
Fire Bobby Kotick and they will save more money than firing 500 good people...
 
 
-15 #3 123s 2011-02-10 11:24
Quoting Warhead:
Fire Bobby Kotick and they will save more money than firing 500 good people...
Actually he knows how to milk good, no reason to fire him.
 
 
+3 #4 Steve-O 2011-02-10 12:57
Diablo 3 in 2011? I'll believe that when I see it!

The only way it would get released early is if Blizzard got a lot of corporate pressure, and Blizzard don't play that.
 
 
+7 #5 TechHog 2011-02-10 13:14
And with that, I'm never buying an Activision game again.
 
 
+11 #6 dicobalt 2011-02-10 16:39
I hope they fire the people responsible for the PC version of Black Ops.
 
 
+4 #7 nECrO 2011-02-10 17:48
Quoting Steve-O:
Diablo 3 in 2011? I'll believe that when I see it!

The only way it would get released early is if Blizzard got a lot of corporate pressure, and Blizzard don't play that.




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Activision does not currently look for these titles to arrive this year, but instead it is expecting them in 2012.




And I doubt it will be first half of 2012
 

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