Highlights of the story
- Microsoft’s long-controversial acquittal of Activision is finally complete. Now attention turns to the games that are expected.
- Over the years, Activision has given up a number of brilliant gems at minor inconveniences. These include Heretic/Hexon (although disputed IP rights in this case), Prototype, Blur, and TrueCrime.
- Now he owns an Xbox. Activity And even interested in them, it’s time for the underrated titles to return to bolster the Xbox’s library.
gave Activation Blizzard Acquisition Dispute – A $69 billion deal There is nothing to joke about. Until recently, I wondered if this long-running affair would ever end. Starting back in January 2022, it’s nothing short of a wild ride full of twists and turns. However, Microsoft seems to have won. Microsoft’s release of Activision from Blizzard is now official..
With that out of the way, let’s see what this could mean for us gamers. The first thing I will say here is this. Xbox is in dire need of constant heavy hitters.. It has good games, but they are a less than ideal amount. And now with so hard a strife won at last, The pressure on Xbox is greater than ever. To make the best of it and come up with solid plans. So the question is, which titles from the Activision IP list would make a good contender?
The path to the Heretic/Hexon is now clear.
I’ll start this list off with one of my favorite classics, the Heretic/Hexon series. You know the real doom, right? Take that and sprinkle some cool magic and impressive inventory mechanics on top and you’ve got this wonderful franchise. This is one of the best doom like games. And the original Heretic also came with a revolutionary “up and down” feature for the genre. When I first tried it, I was positively amazed at how similar these two are to Dom yet manage to stay distinct.
So then, you might ask, if it’s so good, why hasn’t it come back yet? ID Software revived Doom at its best, but what about Heretic or Hexon? The series is facing some unfortunate situations due to IP rights.. The developer of the series is Raven Software, a subsidiary of Activision. While the publisher is ID Software, Dom is the developer. Now as the two are divided, so are the rights. Activision holds the development rights while id Software or parent ZeniMax holds the publishing rights.
Because of this, nothing concrete could be done for this IP so far. However, it looks like we’re finally in luck. If you don’t know, let me tell you good news. After getting the activation, Both the developer and the publisher are now owned by Xbox.. All the barriers that prevented the modern heretic or hexon game are now gone. Since Xbox wants a solid game and fans are clamoring for a new Heretic, why not make it a reality?
Take a look at the modern Doom reboot and tell me, isn’t it awesome? Doom Eternal is some of the most fun I’ve had playing an FPS, straight-up carnage with its incredibly fast and satisfying mechanics, movement, and modern visuals. Imagine all of that with impressive magical abilities that could potentially improve the combat genre and I think it could be a dream project and a big hit for the Xbox. Hexen or Heretic (why not both? Twice the fun) needs a comeback.
Why activation? Why bury the prototype?
Before I begin, let me express a little bit of my frustration. Why did you do this activation? The prototype was a great concept with great performance, and it still has a lot of fans to this day. I admit that Prototype 2 wasn’t as high as the original, but it was still a great game. of that Relatively weak reception was simply no reason to pull the plug. And Even kill the developer studio, Radical Entertainment.
Take a look at the original prototype. Here’s a question, don’t you love the prospect of a powerful main character with a super creative superpower that basically makes the game his playground? I believe you do and this is the prototype through and through. Take control of Alex Mercer, an amnesiac super-powered shapeshifter on a quest to uncover the truth while making enemies of almost everyone.
The prototype’s concept of seamless superpowers was an equally brilliant idea. The whole map is there just for you to improve your skills. And have fun while doing it. Couple that with interesting mechanics and you are never bored in this creative world. The story mostly revolves around slowly unlocking your lost memories and stopping a deadly virus while everyone thinks you are more of a threat than this deadly enemy.
Next came Prototype 2 and let me first say, I did not like the story of this game at all. It ruined the build of the first game and made Alex a real threat instead. But story aside, the game manages to improve upon its massive predecessor in terms of mechanics and enhance the destruction simulator. It was also quite popular in terms of sales, yet Activision felt it fell short. I hope the new administration sees the potential prototype. And gives the series a much-deserved revival.
Blur – Another Activision studio-murder victim
ok seriously, What happens when things go a little south for Activision and studios? This is the second time and by my count that’s a lot. Even more so when it led to the destruction of underrated gems like Blur. It was a game. A completely unique concept facing an unfortunately competitive release window With titles like Split/Second and Mod Nation Racers.
If you don’t know Blur, imagine Mario Kart but with real cars and a more realistic design, but the superpowers remain. Blurr was quite an impressive arcade racer and takes me back to my nostalgic Xbox 360 days. Blur was one of the few games I got to play with the console and I spent hours with my friends on this awesome racing/combat simulator. Unique game modes like Arena Mode where the game says forget about racing and instead engage in intense battles was a great adrenaline rush.
Yet the game’s potential has been overlooked, and quite unfairly at that. Granted, Blur’s sales were relatively weak, but the reason why Activision dropped developer Bezar Creations was its next product, James Bond 007: Bloodstone. 007’s game Poor sales became the catalyst that led to Activision shutting down the developer.and the blur was relaxed as well.
If you think that’s heartbreaking, I have some bad news for you. A sequel to Blur was in development, and prototype videos were released. From what we saw, The sequel seemed to be a massive improvement over the original., with enhanced game modes, locations, and a special Dubai track with construction sections where you drive around buildings in an epic setting. Unfortunately, the sequel was scrapped as well, and instead we got a terrible mobile game.
Can’t believe Blur 2 was canceled and we got a terrible mobile game called Blur.
This early footage of Blur 2 in Action Shows is more interesting than anything else.
— NEO_NoiseBomb (@NEO_NoiseBomb) March 14, 2023
I would pay top dollar for a new true crime game.
Here’s another underrated gem and, you guessed it, Activision ditched it too. I genuinely question some of the company’s decisions. Makes you wonder if he even cares about something he doesn’t. Call of Duty. Many games have suffered because of these decisions and True Crime is a very strong victim. A case of proper abandonment because Activision never renewed the trademark..
So what exactly is true crime? I know that practically everyone knows and loves. GTA, and I’ll use that as an example. Take GTA and become a law enforcer instead of a lawbreaker, and you’ll have true crime. It was a very interesting concept as the GTA games of the time especially Vice City were a hot topic and this game provided a different twist to the formula. And it’s the same with all GTA 6 speculations now, True Crime will get quite the reception.
In the first game, True Crime: Streets of LA, LAPD detective Nicholas Kong investigates a bombing case that may be hiding more than meets the eye. The game was a close mechanical match to GTA but made you a cop instead of a criminal. You’re still free to do all the GTA-esque actions, but there’s a morale meter to keep you in check. The other game was True Crime: New York City which I honestly found quite inferior due to its excessive repetition and very obvious development rush.
And that’s where the trouble started, as the game did quite poorly in terms of sales. A sequel called True Crime: Hong Kong was in development but the idea was essentially scrapped. however, Square Enix came to save the day and bought the rights to True Crime: Hong Kong.. It turned out to be a very unusual sleeping dog that is among some of my favorites.. Here is one thing worth noting. Square Annex Only real crime found: Hong Kong and not the IP itself, which is still with activation.
Finally, if you thought Activision only had Call of Duty or Crash, you might want to think again. My purpose in creating this list was to highlight how The company has given up a number of brilliant IPs due to very minor problems.. Now that the Xbox activation acquisition is complete and It has also shown interest in the company’s IPs.this is the perfect time to bring back these franchises and assemble some strong contenders.
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