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Rumor: Modern Warfare 2, Skateboard Peripheral For Tony Hawk

Even though Activision hasn't confirmed any of this, Newsweek games reporter N'Gai Croal has been busy at Twitter, revealing all sorts of new projects for Activision in 2009.

First up is the announcement of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which isn't all that surprising, although some may have expected Infinity Ward to try something entirely new now that development duties have returned to their side of the court. Treyarch just delivered World at War, which really was excellent, and now it's up to IW to once again take the next step. We'll have more details on this one ASAP; they'll likely arrive when Activision feels ready to make the unveiling official. Next up is the interesting piece of news that says the new Tony Hawk title will use an actual skateboard peripheral controller. Croal says an executive said very plainly- "You're not going to be playing Tony Hawk with a controller in your hands." As GameSpot points out, this falls in line with an earlier rumor concerning a title called Tony Hawk's Adrenaline. This would allow the player to "put down the controller, step on the board, and feel the sensation of going big...Shift your weight to turn and balance grinds, kick back on the tail of the board to ollie, and lean into airs to pull off huge spins."

Well, that sounds just plain nutty. People are gonna hurt themselves! Anyway, the last bit of relevant info is that two new driving games are in the works from Bizarre Creations, and one of them boasts a James Bond theme and will release for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. We expect Activision will come forward and make everything official very soon, but for now, we'll just label this update as a "very reliable rumor."

12/3/2008 John Shepard

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Comments (18 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 10:19:52 PM
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Infinity Ward is my pick, Treyarch has taken big steps though. Still, it'll be interesting to see how MW2 plans to improve upon the original. K2 will set the bar pretty high for FPS by the look of things. I say dump the "lets not get too close to reality" bit and put us in Iraq and Afghanistan to bust some heads open.

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coverton341
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 10:46:21 PM

And he shots and scores for the win!!

I agree put us in some real fights and stop pretending with all this hypothetical junk.

Go as real as possible and lengthen that campaign mode up by a few hours.

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Aftab
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 11:29:35 PM

Yeah. Dump "the let's not get too close to reality bit". As a matter of fact, if you really want to "bust some heads open", why don't you go there and do just that? If not, then perhaps one should atleast respect those who have and gotten killed. And for those who have survived and returned, something tells me the last thing that they'd want to do besides returning there is playing Gd'd game about the f'ing nightmare. Wonder why suicide is on the rise amongst vets? Man, I'm not dissing you. But, atleast show sensitivity to your own.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:01:30 AM

I'm afraid I'm too old to do so, but art can reflect reality without being disrespectful. There are many movies about the war that do just that. Why should the experience being interactive add any disrespect? We still have living WWII vets and Vietnam vets. Must a war end before it can become an "acceptable" experience in which we immerse ourselves virtually?

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Aftab
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:00:13 AM

Personally, that's why I stay away from all those war games that emulate history or based on "real life". And I realise I'm a lone voice.
About "art", you gotta be kidding me. That rubbish is no more art than those "uncle sam wanting you posters", and propaganda pamphlets of WW2. Comically stereotypical. Dubiously tacky. Zero artistic value. And if art serves as a "reflection" of culture, or society, then we should be embarrassed. Might as well be a bunch of self-righteous, self-serving,hilly-billy, ethno/ego-centric, semi-literate, half-witted, brain-washed folk who picked that last cowboy-clown golfer, excuse of a leader to throw this country in to two simultaneous wars. That's why I hate xbox community, because they share a larger cross section with that idiot demographic. And what my ultimate point was, if these artists or the admirers of the art were the same boys who were getting shot at, then maybe, there'd be no problem in this. But they're not (And those higher-ups in the millitary who had some say in the design of the game don't count. They're nothing more than the cheap marketing engine for the war, like those empty recruiting shops in the mall).
Those boys who're getting shot at are getting killed or going to a rehab that just won't cut it, while we are playing games supposively glorifying what is happenening to them. "Reflection"? Imagine a COD game where the hero comes home either in a casket to his bereaved family, or pissing his bed at night or killing himself while his alienated family and friends are watching TV dinner and beer, wondering "what's with Johnny". Or where a they might show a village go up in flames and night, and poor children are woken up by getting their faces blown off and/or orphaned because intel was a little-off and you had to obey orders.

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MetalHead09
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 2:50:43 PM

yuh know aftab im probly going to piss you off with this but what you just said in the last bit of your message could actually push realism ans moral issues in a game or movie far more than most anything ive ever seen. dont just show the violence but show them the echoing violence in their lives and minds well after they have left and maybe more people would show more respect than normal. if its an interactive experience people will more clearly see it than if they watched a movie. what you said although it wasnt meant like this but i think its a great idea that could be integrated into an interactive experience like a video game.

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AntDC
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 7:42:24 PM

Aftab you have a really good point but in todays modern society I don't think there's a way to do anything without offending anyone. What about Reident Evil 5? While there are people in Africa starving, we're going to be slaughtering them in a video game.

In saying that, I think WorldEndsWithMe's statement about wanting to "bust some heads open" in Iraq and Afganistan was an insensitive thing to say and it's comments like that that give video gamers a bad name.

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Aftab
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 12:56:17 AM

To WEWM: Sorry if I came across as disrespectful. But, if I did not think you were understanding, wise beyond your years, and cool, I would not have felt the need to say anything.

To MetalHead: Don't worry man. Although I come across as overzealous, I still know I am among friends. I definitely see what you're getting at, and I believe some people have tried that (Eidos with AC and the flop that is Haze, and Kojima with MG for example, and even Stallone's Rambo). Unfortunately, I think that the sentiment is lost on the majority. However, even if a few are reached, then, perhaps, it would be worth it. I guess that is how this conversation took place on a videogame forum out of all places.

To AntDC: I know what you mean. Can't change the world. But I still try with myself and those near me. And thank you dearly for the expression of sentiment. About WEWM, he's usually a very kool kat. I know he doesn't mean anyone harm.


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FoReVeR_0515
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 5:00:18 AM

I don't think it would be a bad idea to make a game about our real, current conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. I'm currently deployed to Iraq in the Army. No, I'm not infantry, nor have I been shot at or shot at someone else. Heck, the closest I've been to action is hearing the loud boom of a mortar round hitting somewhere else on the FOB.

But I think it would be an informative and entertaining experience to let others know what it's like over here, and what does/has happen(ed).

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Aftab
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 12:41:46 PM

No offense Josh, but I'm guessing you haven't been there for very long.

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LightShow
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 10:29:26 PM
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Is it just me, or does anyone else have the strange feeling that Activision might be getting peripheral happy?

I wouldn't make that claim right now, but this might be the start, what with the always present guitar hero controllers added to this skateboard...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 11:00:16 PM

No offense to boarders, but at least we might see fewer fools trying to look cool and falling on their asses on the streets while they stay home and play on the pretendoboard :)

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John Shoemaker
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 10:59:37 PM
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I wouldn't mind a Modern Warfare 2. As long as the single player is longer and contains a Co-op mode that isn't just online.

And that Tony Hawk game is going to be terrible. They just need to go back to what made the games good. Make THPS 5 and bring back what made 3 so damn good.
The whole free roam and trying to put in a story to it has made the game crap. Just go back to what it was supposed to be. A skateboarding game. Nothing fancy.

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Daedusian
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 11:02:04 PM
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Whatever their going to do with the new Tony Hawk game, it better be damn good because Skate is SO much better! I think the last decent one in the series was the first Underground, and what was that like 4/5 years ago lol?

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AntDC
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:38:47 AM
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"Well, that sounds just plain nutty."

Hence incredibly fun.

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DigitalStorm
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 8:14:17 AM
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I wonder if IW get fed up with treyarch hanging out the back of them in relation to COD?

IW do the ground ground breaking stuff and treyarch put different skins on the same product!

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CH1N00K
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 8:17:22 AM
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Sounds like Activision is trying to do something to keep up with Skate. The last couple of Tony Hawk titles didn't do so well. Personally I don't think I like the idea of a skateboard peripheral. There's no way they can mimic the real thing, and the last thing you need is some kid putting a deck through their TV trying to learn how to ollie. Anyone remember the skateboard simulator that was in arcades for a while? yeah, that sucked too...lol. Instead of the board why don't they work something out with the movements of the PSEye. less chances of having something broken that way, except your pride when your neighbours see you try to kick flip your way around your living room.

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Zorigo
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 7:02:39 AM
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If MW2 does better, than MW, than out of 10 is going to be a useless figure

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