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Taking a short break today from the Consumer Electronics Show to cover some other big tech happenings, including Bungie splitting with Activision on Destiny and Epic Games being rated by the BBB!

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Destiny 3 Coming In 2020, Analyst Predicts Amid Bungie/Activision Breakup

One of the biggest gaming news stories so far in 2019 broke today when Activision and Bungie confirmed they are ending their publishing deal for Destiny. Going forward, Bungie will take on development and publishing duties for Destiny, while Activision will focus on its own franchises, like Call of Duty. Research firm Cowen & Company shared its thoughts on the news in a note to investors today, and one prediction the company made was that Bungie will release Destiny 3 in 2020. This is not an altogether surprising revelation, as the Destiny series normally releases new mainline entries every three years.

Spotify on the importance of podcasts, personalization and partnerships

AI plays a huge role in how Spotify delivers personalized playlists to users, so it’s somewhat fitting that the company’s new partnership with Microsoft is focused on messages about how AI can impact all aspects of life — including education, healthcare and philanthropy. Those messages are going to be showing up in the Discover Weekly playlist for free users, the first time that Spotify has lets brands have full customization and control over advertising in that feed.

Fortnite maker Epic Games earns ‘F’ rating from Better Business Bureau

The creator of the wildly popular video game Fortnite has been given an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau after failing to address hundreds of complaints from concerned customers. The BBB said that over the past year, it has received more than 270 complaints about Epic Games, which has made a fortune from Fortnite and other popular video games. Most of the complaints regard customer service issues and problems with refunds and exchanges — and most of them were never addressed by the Cary, N.C.-based company, the BBB said in a statement.

Amazon Developing New Game Streaming Service to Compete with Microsoft and Google

Not to be outdone by its FAANG and other technology rivals, it appears Amazon has been secretly developing a game streaming service. It looks set to compete with Microsoft and Google with instant video games housed on powerful servers. Cloud-based gaming, which will negate the need for downloads or game cards, could be one of the next major advances for the gaming industry.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ To Drop Single-Player Campaign

Avid fans of the popular game Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 would no longer be able to play a single-player campaign. This is according to sources who are privy to Activision’s plan; Polygon reported this week.

 

Single-player campaign to end on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4?

 

But Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s game developer has not fully addressed the issue. Instead, Activision pointed out that it does not issue a statement based on rumour. The rumor has originated from Charlie Intel, a popular fansite of the game.

 

“We don’t comment on rumour and speculation. We look forward to revealing Black Ops 4 on May 17th,” Activision told Polygon. For game enthusiasts, Activision’s failure to address the rumour is not an issue.

Also, a quick check of the Polygon’s article sounded like Treyarch’s decision to end the single-player campaign was attributed to “time.” It can be recalled that the game’s series has been moved from early November to October 12.

 

With this, game enthusiasts claim that this prompted Treyarch to eventually shift its focus on the game. Specifically, Treyarch has beefed up the competitive multiplayer and cooperative Zombies mode. And if such rumour is true, there’s a possibility that in the future players would be playing a Black Ops 4 battle royale game mode.

 

Meanwhile, Charlie Intel also reported that Black Ops 4 would have a battle royale mode. This came after recent report suggests that the game mode is being developed by Raven Software. The same company that previously managed the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.

 

Game developer Activision is slated to unveil Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on May 17. The game is expected to launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC come October 12.

Report: Spyro The Dragon PS4 Remaster Coming This Year

A remastered version of the popular game Spyro trilogy will soon be out. This comes after the publisher of the game, Activision is working on to improve the game’s performance.

Activision’s working on remastering the original version of the Spyro trilogy is similar to what the company did with Crash Bandicoot. Last year, Activision also remastered the original Crash Bandicoot.

 

Activision is working on Spyro The Dragon PS4 Remaster

 

If you are familiar with Crash Bandicoot, the game was named as the best-selling remaster on PS4. Hence, it is no longer a secret that Sane Trilogy has performed well for Activision.

 

Also, in a several occasions, Activision has been lauded for its performance. The company claims that the sales had actually “surpassed our expectations by a wide margin”.

 

Now, remastering the Spyro trilogy would no doubt would give Activision another feat as reported by Kotaku. The game’s remastered trilogy is expected to feature a complete set of animations and a better save system.

 

 

Included also in the remastered version of the game is the Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon, respectively.

 

And reports claim that the remastered version of the game is being developed by
Vicarious Visions. The gaming studio that developed N. Sane Trilogy is Vicarious Visions. The game is expected to be launched soon with PS4 Pro support.

Call of Duty 2018 Will Be Black Ops 4, Will Launch For PC, Switch, PS4

Fans of Call of Duty 2018 is looking forward to its launching this year. The Call Of Duty has again gained popularity after a new rumor has surfaced recently. The new rumor that is spreading on the internet has revealed that it would be Black Ops 4.

 

Call of Duty 2018 will be Black Ops 4

 

It cannot be denied that Call of Duty franchise is being developed by three game studios with the impending release of Sledgehammer’ Call of Duty: WW2. But what exactly the rumor is all about?

 

Marcus Sellars, who was named as an industry insider privy to the plans, said that Call of Duty 2018 would be Black Ops 4. The popular game franchise is expected to be launched on various gaming consoles such as Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC.

 

Moreover, he added that Call of Duty 2018 features “boots on grounds,” hinting the game would have similar concepts and gameplay to both Original Black Ops and Black Ops 2.

 

“COD 2018 is Black Ops 4 and is coming to PS4/Xbox/PC/Switch. It is set in the modern times and is boots on the ground. The Switch version will support DLC, HD Rumble and motion controls. The Switch version is also being ported by a company which is familiar with COD games,” Sellars said.

 

But fans are advised to take the rumor with a grain of salt as Activision has yet to announce the details of the game. Activision has earlier launched Call of Duty game titles for Nintendo gaming consoles, including the Call of Duty Black Ops 2 for Wii U.

 

What do you think is the direction that Activision will take for Call of Duty 2018? Let us know in the comments.