When Bobby Kotick's not busy making appearances in major motion pictures
alongside Brad Pitt, he heads up Call of Duty
publisher Activision. And as head of one of the largest (if not the
largest) third-party game publisher, what he says about the future of various consoles can have some major implications. It seems that, like Activision has done in the past with new platforms, Kotick's stance on both Nintendo's Wii U and Sony's PlayStation Vita is "very interested" with a heavy side of apprehension.
In an interview with The Guardian
, Kotick spoke to his feelings on the PS Vita. "Technically, we're super excited about what we can do on it, it's really something incredible. The question is, where is the market?" While he's excited by the capability of the PS Vita, and his company has already pledged support
, Kotick acknowledged the burgeoning smart phone market for games as well. "It's a really nice product and its very well differentiated from what you can get in even the most capable smartphone or tablet today," he professed.
As for Nintendo's Wii successor, the Wii U
, Kotick said that Activision has had dev kits "for awhile now" and that, while Nintendo has yet to fully clarify its online system even to him, the console apparently makes "rich multiplayer games" a possibility -- a first for Nintendo, if true. As far as timing goes, Kotick stated that Nintendo's hardware reveal was a necessity. "For the kinds of games we create, it was becoming very difficult for us to support the Wii with the expectations that our gamers have ... from a development perspective, having a Nintendo device that is on parity with the other hardware from a graphics perspective was really necessary." As you might expect, Activision is apparently "very enthusiastic about it," though he wouldn't detail any specific titles in development at the publisher.
When pressed on new intellectual properties, Kotick deferred to Bungie's unannounced project
, as well as "the new MMO from Blizzard" (the rarely spoken of "Titan" project
). And as expected, he spoke ambiguously regarding this year's Guitar Hero franchise gutting
. "Until we can deliver a really high level of innovation and tap into the high level of creativity and inspiration of the people we have making games, we won't put the products out," he admitted. "That goes for everything -- we've always subscribed to that philosophy." We're not sure that the last few Guitar Hero
and Tony Hawk
titles would back up Mr. Kotick's claim, but then we're not the corporate figurehead of an enormous public company.