Activision Blizzard: ‘Twice As Many’ Music Games In 2009, ‘James Bond’ Delayed Until 2010, New Blizzard Game This Year

Activision Blizzard publishing CEO Mike Griffith promised more than twice as many Activision-branded music games in 2009 in today’s earnings call, while also revealing their next “James Bond” title has been moved into next year, and Blizzard declared an intention to release a game this year.


There will be much plenty more more “Guitar Hero” in 2009.

Activision Blizzard are preparing many music game initiatives this year, which will allow the company to deliver more than twice as many music games in 2009 than they did in 2008, according to Activision Blizzard publishing CEO Mike Griffith on today’s lengthy earnings call.

To reach that number, Activision Blizzard’s releasing “Guitar Hero: Metallica,” a new “Guitar Hero” on the DS and a “Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits” across multiple platforms. Additionally, Griffith said “Guitar Hero” will see a “restage” near end of the year (think “Guitar Hero: World Tour 2″) and the introduction if their new music franchise, “DJ Hero,” set to arrive before the end of 2009.

Griffith said their next “James Bond” title has been moved out of 2009 and into early 2010, due to the impending release of “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2″ later this year. The company believes sales of “Quantum of Solace” were impacted by releasing “Call of Duty: World at War” around the same time in 2008 and hopes to avoid the same issue with their next “James Bond” product.

An analyst also pressed Blizzard COO Paul Sams if the company would generate non-“World of Warcraft” related revenue in 2009. Sams said Blizzard intends to release one “frontline” title per year, but would not disclose if that would be “StarCraft II,” “Diablo III” or a new “WoW” expansion for 2009.

What are you most looking forward to from Activision Blizzard in 2009?