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Call of Duty: WWII Announced, Livestream Reveal Coming April 26

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Death. Taxes. Call of Duty. Activision today revealed the newest Call of Duty game, and it definitely takes the series back to its roots. Call of Duty: WWII will presumably be launching this November, as with every other Call of Duty title for the last decade and a half.

We don’t know any details beyond the name and poster, and that it’s being developed by Sledghammer Games. An official livestream is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern which should give out all the important details, such as platforms, multiplayer, and release date.

Sledgehammer Games previously developed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

The Call of Duty series began life in 2003 as a series of World War II shooters, partially inspired by the war film Saving Private Ryan along with Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. Activision’s Kevin Kelly wrote a brief history of the first few Call of Duty games, which represent the World War II series (as opposed to the Modern Warfare and Black Ops series).

“This year Sledgehammer Games joins the WWII ranks of Call of Duty with Call of Duty: WWII, which will bring the series back to World War II after nearly ten years,” writes Kelly. “We can’t wait to tell you more about Call of Duty: WWII, so be sure not to miss the reveal livestream at 10 am Pacific on April 26. We’ll see you there, soldier.”

Destiny 2 Officially Announced With Teaser Image

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Given the popularity of 2014 co-op shooter Destiny, a sequel was inevitable. Destiny 2 was announced today with a single teaser image by the official Destiny twitter account. No further information was given.

The picture seems to depict Earth’s last city burning from destruction. Neither publisher Activision nor developer Bungie are being chummy with any details.

Rumors have surrounded the anticipated sequel, including a poster leak that points to a September 2017 launch. Activision has previously confirmed that the sequel existed and would be released this Fall.

In related news, Destiny’s final live update hits tomorrow, March 28. The full trailer is below.

The Age of Triumph is a fitting end to the first game, bringing back many iconic raids and items, as well as new gear. It will also include the largest Record Book of any live event, with pages of new challenges to complete.

Created by the original Halo developers, Destiny was the biggest new franchise launch when it released in 2014. Bungie has continuously supported the cooperative shooter through post-launch updates and paid expansion packs.

Destiny received a major 2.0 overhaul with the second expansion, The Taken King, in 2015, which was very well received by fans. The most recent was Destiny: Rise of Iron in September 2016. Bungie has stated that the original game will remain online and be continually supported with updates and patches.

Despite its popularity, Destiny is actually one of the most divisive games among both fans and critics. Its cooperative gameplay and shooting mechanics were generally praised, but poor story elements and manipulative loot-based gameplay left many feeling cold.

Destiny 2 is coming, and that’s all we know right now. Let the speculations fly!

Skylanders: Imaginators

Uh-Oh: Activision Says No Skylanders Console Game This Year

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During Activision Blizzard’s fourth quarter 2016 earnings call the company confirmed that there will be no new console Skylanders game coming in 2017. This would be the first year since the series began in 2011 that we wouldn’t get a new Skylanders game.

It may be premature to claim doom and gloom over the entire franchise. But Disney Infinity faced a similar dilemma. In early 2016 Disney announced there would not be a fourth version released that year. A few months later, the entire franchise was closed down.

We won’t be getting an official Skylanders 7 any time soon, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see any new Skylanders content.

“In 2017, rather than releasing a new console title, we will be supporting the award-winning Skylanders Imaginators with multiple adventure packs, new characters and new in-game content,” stated the company. This is a model used by WB Games with LEGO Dimensions. LEGO Dimensions launched in Fall 2015 and has been sustained through multiple character and level packs. Given that Skylanders Imaginators is the best in the series, this may not be a bad angle.

Thus far Skylanders Imaginators has released three adventure packs and over two dozen figures. Imaginator Crystals are also available, and are used to create your own Skylanders in the game.

Skylanders Imaginators is also being ported to the upcoming Nintendo Switch as a launch title.

A second season of Netlflix series Skylanders Academy will be airing in 2017. Netflix has already ordered a third season, which should air next year.

Activision ended their Skylanders talk by teasing a new Sylanders mobile game that’s currently in development and should be launching in 2017. Skylanders has previously appeared in mobile versions, either through ports of the main games or spin-off free-to-play titles. Read our review of Hearthstone-like Skylanders Battlecast.