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