Monkey Island franchise could have a future


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Creator Ron Gilbert will talk to Disney “at some point” to retain rights

 

Ron Gilbert disclosed to Eurogamer that he would consider talking to Disney “at some point” in the hope of winning back the rights to Monkey Island.

Gilbert isn’t ready to put the franchise to bed, stating “I would love to get the rights back to Monkey Island and be able to really make the game I want to make.”

Concerns have been raised about the future of Monkey Island, when Disney said that LucasArts was to focus on becoming a casual game developer.

If Gilbert is successful in getting the rights to Monkey Island back, it’s likely the next game would be made at Double Fine with Tim Schafer, “if Tim doesn’t fire me,” Gilbert said.

 

Source: CVG

Activision: Black Ops 2 generated $500 million in 24 hours


Yet publisher has not confirmed if latest title is a record for the Call of Duty franchise

Activision is claiming that it has delivered the biggest game launch of the year with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, estimating that the latest Treyarch game made $500 million in sales on day one.

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Sales data was consolidated via sales monitor GFK Chart-Track along with “retail customer sell-through information” and “internal company estimates”.

Activision’s newest blockbuster could, if its estimates are accurate, be poised for a new entertainment record with Black Ops 2. However, the publisher has yet to confirm this.

Modern Warfare 3 grossed more than $775 million globally in its first five days of availability, exceeding the $650 million record set by the 2010 Black Ops across five days.

Activision chief executive Bobby Kotick claimed that life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded Star Wars.

He added: “With first day sales of over half a billion dollars worldwide, we believe Call of Duty is the biggest entertainment launch of the year for the fourth year in a row”.

Black Ops 2 launched across the west on November 13th with an estimated 16,000 midnight openings across retail.

“Call of Duty has become more than a product people buy, it’s a brand people buy into,” said publishing boss Eric Hirshberg.

 

Source: CVG