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Activision discusses future PS2 plans

  Activision held a conference today discussing they’re plans for the PS2 involving the 2002 fiscal year. Included in these plans were their predictions of 19 games scheduled for the PS2 such as sequels to Tony Hawk Pro Skater and Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX in 2002 and 2003. They also spoke of Spider-Man, Blade and X-Men movies, as well as games based on Marvel's Iron Man and Fantastic Four super heroes. 

   Activision also believes that Sony will sell 7-8 million PS2 units by the end of the year, which is three times the selling power of the PSX. Their outlook at the moment on the future of Sony and the PS2 is very high, as they have much to say along with predictions of online capability in mentioning THPS3.

   "We are naturally excited about what's happening in the hardware market," said Robert Kotick, chairman, CEO and director of Activision. "We have received production final Xbox and GameCube hardware, and we are confident that the major hardware manufacturers are likely to achieve our current forecasts."

   Activision executives said in regards to THPS3, "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 will be a pioneer in the console online gaming world. We showed that at E3 on the Xbox and the PS2, where we had online prototypes up and running. When Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is released it will be fully online playable."

   "Sony isn't quite ready with its online infrastructure yet, but that should come early next year, and when it is, we'll be fully prepared for it. Early next year Tony Hawk will be on the forefront of the console online future.

   "In terms of a business model it looks a lot like the PC gaming business model. Most of it will be free, but later as developments ensue, there may be more opportunities with additional levels and players. For now it is nothing concrete."

10/19/2001 Matt Stensrud

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