Activision chief executive Eric Hirshberg has been speaking about innovation, Call of Duty and Skylanders and how his company is not happy with Wii U. But more importantly neither is Nintendo.
Activision has been doing the rounds of playing nice in the media after what was effectively a management buy-out from Vivendi earlier in the year. It's also been facing criticism - the kind that makes shareholders nervous - that Call of Duty
may not only be getting stale but that with GTA V
coming around the corner, it might not gain gamers money. On that point, Activision chief executive Eric Hirshberg, says:
"Obviously, it's a hugely successful franchise, and I get asked about our big competitors every year. We're always up against iconic titles, and I know people like to tell a clash-of-the-titans story, but I feel there's lots of evidence that there's room for more than one successful game, and indeed more than one successful blockbuster. And if people only have money for a few games, I like our chances that Call of Duty will be one of them."
But it's when it comes to Nintendo that Hirshberg seems to go a little off-message, going so far as to imagine what Ninty maybe thinking.
Speaking to CVG
, he said, "Nintendo has been a great partner for us. It's a very successful company but obviously having a rough go with the Wii U launch thus far. I'm sure Nintendo and the rest of the industry wanted a different result for the Wii U, but if we can add to the appeal of the platform then we absolutely will.
"Nintendo is a company that's had hardware hits and misses in the past, but it has always found ways to remain completely relevant. It has some of the best game-makers in the world, and I wouldn't count them out."
Not exactly a ringing endorsement.