Activision Blizzard, Now a Small Independent Developer

Activision Blizzard
Activision Blizzard

Well, maybe not small, but Activision Blizzard is now an independent developer after announcing it will break from Vivendi in a deal worth an estimated $8.2 billion. The deal, as reported by the New York Times, has Activision Blizzard buying about 429 million shares and other assets from Vivendi for around $5.83 billion in cash. Current CEO Robert A. Kotick, who bought Activision more than two decades ago, and co-chairman Brian Kelly will remain at the helm of the new independent company. The two current executives along with other investors is also reported to be buying an estimated 172 million shares from Vivendi for around $2.34 billion.

As to what kind of impact this deal will have on the millions of gamers currently playing titles like CoD Black Ops 2, World of Warcraft or Starcraft 2, only time can reveal. Kotick will most likely continue to run the company as he always has, after all he did lead Activision from an almost bankrupt company to the giant game developer it is today. Activision Blizzard is expected to announce an estimated net revenue of around $1.05 billion for the second quarter of 2013.

As a gamer, I can only hope the new found independence will allow Activision Blizzard to become an innovator and start producing content that is new and maybe even risky. While all of the Call of Duty titles are fun to play, they essentially contain the same gameplay elements just dressed differently. As of now the gaming community can only wait and see as to how Activision Blizzard will grow in the years to come.

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Eternal Crusade Announces Phase Two

Eternal Crusade, the recently announced 3rd person action MMO set in the Warhammer 40K universe from Behaviour Interactive and the Games Workshop has just hit phase two. So what does reaching phase two mean to all the rabid 40K fans out there? The Emperor provides.

Phase two reveals two important aspects of Eternal Crusade. The faction choices and available chapters of the Space Marines at launch.

Initial race choices in Eternal Crusade
Playable factions at launch

Players will be able to wage war in the 41th millennium as:

  • Space Marines, Gene-seed enhanced super soldiers of the Imperium of Man.
  • Eldar, mysterious beings with awesome psychic powers.
  • Orks, the green horde out to destroy everything in its path.
  • Chaos Space Marines, Space Marines fallen to the corruption of the Warp.

Each faction will provide a completely different play experience, these differences range from combat style to starting areas as well as the UI.

Space Marine Chapters
Space Marine Chapters at launch

Players who select the Space Marines will able to select from:

  • Legion XIII, the Ultramarines.
  • Legion I, the Dark Angels.
  • Legion IX, the Blood Angels.
  • Legion VI, the Space Wolves.

The Gene-seed for each chapter of the Adeptus Astartes is unique and will confer upon their members unique bonuses and abilities. While members of each chapter rise from different beginnings, many will come together to defend the Emperor against the enemies of the Imperium.