Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, today announced new and returning licensing partners for their franchises at this week’s Licensing Expo 2019.
“Activision Blizzard has a portfolio of some of the world’s most beloved franchises, and our aim is to work with world-class licensees that enrich our fans’ experience around the world,” said Steve Young, President of Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group. “The fan experience is at the center of everything we do, and we’re thrilled to create new opportunities for players to immerse themselves and show their passion for Activision’s and Blizzard’s games through relationships ranging from LEGO to UNIQLO.”
For Call of Duty, Activision has announced a new partnership with DRKN, a fashion company, to debut a high-end capsule collection this Fall at retailers. In addition, in Europe, Activision is partnering with Fashion UK for a range of items coming this Fall.
This year, the definitive, first-person action series Call of Duty continues to build on a successful 2018 with new collaborations and offerings. International streetwear brand DRKN, in collaboration with Activision, will launch a high-end Call of Duty capsule collection, which will be available Fall 2019. Additionally, Fashion UK, newly appointed Pan-European apparel and fashion accessory collaborator, will develop and offer a range of products across a wide selection of retailers, available this Fall. Following the May 30 game announcement, ABCPG worked with Bioworld, KontrolFreek, New Era and international companies Pyramid and Fashion UK on a range of products to drive further excitement around the reveal of the highly anticipated Fall launch. Furthermore, Astro, Scuf Gaming, Surreal, and Rubber Road will return with Call of Duty licensed programs this year.
2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Activision and its rich history helping to support and define the standard for innovation within the video game industry. Looking into Activision’s past, present, and future, we want to celebrate gamers – across generations – by leaning into the strong consumer demand for retro properties with the reemergence of iconic characters from the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro franchises. ABCPG is dedicated to fully embracing the possibilities with consumer products for Crash Team Racing as well as for the critically acclaimed Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice.
Activision also shared a first look at an upcoming Captain Price figure that will be available this year alongside the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
The company also shared in the press release that they are actively exploring options for expanding their consumer product reach for Call of Duty esports as the new franchised Call of Duty league is expected to launch in 2020.
Clever Warzone tricks lets you land without a parachute
A few players have discovered a fun little trick in Call of Duty Warzone that allows them to touch down on Verdansk without a parachute.
There is a useful trick that you can use in a Call of Duty: Warzone match to break your fall while in mid-air. This will allow you to land safely in Verdansk without worrying about deploying your parachute.
Call of Duty: Warzone will pit you against a ton of other players in a highly competitive Battle Royale match. The instant you land in Verdansk, you’ll have to find ways to get ahead of your enemies through different weapons or gear, scoring killstreaks, and even making use of glitches.
Players have discovered many different maneuvers in the game since its release in March 2020. These grant you an advantage over your opponent, including one that has you take out enemies by firing in mid-air.
This will have you deploy your parachute when you’re near the ground, and is a great way to score kills in mid-air. Now a neat new trick has been discovered that removes the need for a parachute altogether.
How to land in Warzone without a parachute
This trick was pointed out by Reddit user Thexer0, who posted a clip of them dropping into Verdansk in the Call of Duty: Warzone subreddit. Here they showed that you are able to land on different surfaces without deploying your parachute.
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Al you need to do is try hitting certain edges and surfaces in mid-air to break the fall before landing on your feet. In the clip, the player used a Satellite dish for this purpose, and slid off the curved edge before taking out their weapon.
While this trick is useful, it’s not guaranteed to work unless you’re precise with your landing. If you don’t hit the right type of surface, then you’ll find yourself in a world of hurt. The player pointed this out and mentioned that you should try this “at your own risk.”
That said, this trick is absolutely worth trying out. Other players also commented on the thread about their own attempts at this neat little exploit, and many of them reported that it worked out successfully for them.
One Reddit user said “You can do it as well with some of the telephone/electrical towers,” and another mentioned “It works on stones and stuff too. You gotta land on the edges, something around 45 degrees.”
Parachutes are a vital component in Warzone matches, so you should definitely go for this trick. All it takes to succeed in pulling it off is some practice, along with a ton of patience. You can learn some more helpful tricks in our Warzone tips and tricks guide.
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Treyarch dev Tony Flame’s Twitter account hacked
On this Christmas morning, Treyarch’s Lead Designer, Tony Flame, has had his Twitter hacked.
A user hacked Tony Flame’s Twitter account in the early morning hours of December 25, and has gone on a posting rampage, including posting racial slurs and more across the account. The hacker is @wixyV3.
We’re not going to showcase posts here with any racial slurs. The Twitter account has been locked by Twitter for the amount of slurs the hackers have posted, per images sent around in Discord servers.
One of the hacked tweets that has gone viral is about SBMM, asking Activision to remove it from his “game” he “worked hard to make.”
The account still remains hacked at this hour, but it does appear that tweets are being blocked from posting at this time. Twitter locked the account due to the content being posted.
Tony Flame’s account is not verified on the platform.
Flame has been active in posting since Black Ops Cold War’s alpha launched back in September. He’s been posting updates and thoughts around what the team is doing in terms of balancing and content updates.
The last tweet from Flame himself was a Merry Christmas post on the night of December 24.
Activision has not stated anything yet on this hack.
Sledgehammer Games adds 150 new people to team in 2020
Sledgehammer Games’ expansion continued in 2020 with a massive new hiring spree.
Sledgehammer Games has continued to steadily expand their studio throughout 2020, despite the pandemic.
Back in May, the studio announced a massive recruitment effort to bring on many new developers, in all fields, to their studio.
The studio’s Chief Operating Officer announced on Twitter that their effort brought 150 new people to the studio over the last several months.
In a video on Twitter, the studio shared some stories and a look at these new people who the team as the year wraps up.
Beyond already hiring 150 new people this year alone, the studio’s website still has over 65 job positions still listed.
In addition to their recruitment effort, Sledgehammer confirmed earlier this year that they are working on ‘multiple projects’, presumably within the Call of Duty franchise.
We’re now a multi-project studio and we’re looking for a substantial number of new team members to join us. We’re looking across every discipline and various levels of seniority. It’s a pretty exciting time for our studio.
What some of those projects are remains unclear. Sledgehammer Games has played a role, as a support studio, in the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
The studio was a lead developer on Call of Duty, kicking off the three year development cycle in 2014 with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. In 2017, the studio released their second main project: Call of Duty: WWII. Following WWII’s launch, the studio collapsed. Both co-founders and lead, Michael Condrey & Glen Schofield, left. And the studio lost hundreds of developers.
The team was set to work with Raven Software on the 2020 Call of Duty title, but due to the number of employees who left, Treyarch stepped in with Raven to create Black Ops Cold War.
What Sledgehammer Games is working on, in terms of their own projects, has yet to be revealed publicly. Whether they even become a lead developer again is also unclear.
Looking into 2021, there’s no clear indication yet as to which development team is leading the Call of Duty 2021 project. The three year development cycle was upended in 2020 with Treyarch stepping in to salvage the 2020 title. 2021 could be Infinity Ward or see the return of Sledgehammer Games.
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