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New Level Introduced to Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Screen Shot 2018-06-13 at 10.32.25 AMActivision Publishing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard Inc. is introducing a new level called “Future Tense.” On June 29, the Future Tense level will be included as a bonus in the Crash Bandicoot  3: Warped game of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.

Developed by Vicarious Visions, Future Tense brings an extra layer of difficulty to Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped’s Future world, as players dodge rockets, destroy robots and leap over lasers while ascending a massive futuristic skyscraper. This new level pays homage to the unreleased Waterfall level from the original Crash Bandicoot game.

Future Tense will be accessible via a new platform in the Warp Room of Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, and playable at any point in the game’s progression. Fans on new platforms will also receive Stormy Ascent as a bonus level starting June 29th. Existing Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy owners on PlayStation 4 can download Stormy Ascent as a bonus level at no additional charge from the PlayStation Store.

 

Industry Experts Weigh in On Hot Topics in the Licensing Industry

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY

eOne_JoanGrassoJoan Grasso, Senior Vice President Licensing, North America, Family & Brands, Entertainment One

-How do you maintain loyalty with consumers who are influenced by a wealth of touch points?

We continue to develop our marketing and digital strategies to ensure we are reaching our target audience wherever they are looking for our brands. We have done this through our ongoing social media efforts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; building new content to engage with our fans and their parents on our websites and apps; having a presence on AVOD platforms; and continuing to build out our experiential programs for both brands via live shows, meet-and-greet events, and other new partnerships. From retail shelves to online sites to mobile apps as well as in their local neighborhood, we want to engage with our consumers in ways that are most meaningful to them. Read the rest of this entry »

Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group Brings Franchises to Licensing Expo 2018

ActivisionBlizzardActivision Blizzard Consumer Products Group (ABCPG) introduced full roster of licensing and retail partners at Licensing Expo 2018. Through gameplay, film, TV, esports events, and consumer products, Activision and Blizzard Entertainment will create engagement around their franchises and across platforms.

The merchandising program for Overwatch will expand to include Hasbro as the master toy license for a NERF product line, games, and more; LEGO Group for building sets; and Uniqlo for an apparel collection. Read the rest of this entry »

Activision Appoints Tinderbox as Licensing Representative in Europe

AActivision_CrashBandicootctivision appointed Tinderbox, the digital division of Beanstalk, as licensing representative in Europe for its video game properties Crash Bandicoot and Spyro.

Tinderbox will pursue licensing opportunities in Europe for the brand across multiple categories including collectibles, apparel, fashion accessories, novelty, consumer electronics, and home décor. Read the rest of this entry »

Bungie, Activision Share Destiny 2 Early Ship Date, Global Launch Date

Destiny2Bungie and Activision Publishing Inc.’s Destiny 2 will have an early launch date for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One—PlayStationPlus or Xbox Live Gold subscription, respectively, required for significant features, and beta access—on September 6. The PC version launch date will be on October 24 and is now available to pre-order via Blizzard Entertainment’s online gaming service, battle.net.

The game’s latest trailer debuted during the Sony Press Conference at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this week. The Destiny 2 console beta early access period for PlayStation 4 players who pre-ordered the game will begin July 18, while early access for Xbox One players who pre-ordered will begin on July 19. Following the pre-order early access period, the Destiny 2 console beta will open up to all PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players on July 21 and will conclude on July 23. The PC beta kick off is planned for late August. Read the rest of this entry »

Activision Debuts Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Trailer at E3

Activision debuted the remastered Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy during the Sony press conference pre-show at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Players can now play new levels in HD. New additions to the franchise have also been announced.

For the first time Crash’s smart and spirited little sister, Coco, will be playable throughout the Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane TrilogyE3 attendees can test out the new game when they visit the N. Sane Crash Experience in the lobby of the South Hall.

In Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Coco has decided to hack into the Time Twister to travel back in time to help Crash in his previous adventures. Now as a fully playable character across all three games, fans can switch between playing as Crash or Coco. Both characters have an N. Sane set of special attacks, each with their own style.

Developed by Vicarious Visions, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy offers new lighting, animations, textures, models, and recreated cinematics. Full analog stick support and a unified save system and checkpoint system make it easier for players to enjoy the classic adventures.

Activision and Vicarious Visions will also debut a fully-remastered game soundtrack, as well as newly-recorded dialogue from some of the familiar voice actors who appear in the original Crash Bandicoot games, including Jess Harnell, Lex Lang, and Debi Derryberry.

Activision to Showcase Lineup at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017

Activision_logo copyActivision will kick off this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with global debuts. Beginning Tuesday, June 13 at the LA Convention Center, attendees will experience the first gameplay premiere of Call of Duty: WWII multiplayer, the new character-driven story and activities of Destiny 2, and the reimagined Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.

Developed by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: WWII offers a host of new Multiplayer modes, features and gameplay innovations set in iconic World War II locations in the European theater of war. Read the rest of this entry »

Bungie to Expand Destiny 2 Merchandising Program

Destiny2Bungie, in collaboration with Activision, will add to the Destiny 2 brand with new licensing partners for its merchandising program.

Bungie partnered with Funko to bring Destiny’s characters to life in Pop! Vinyl form. This August, characters from the Destiny 2 universe will be available, including Cayde-6, Ikora Rey, and Commander Zavala, with other supporting characters at select retailers. Read the rest of this entry »

Activision Lands at BLE 2015 with a Strong Portfolio of Properties

Activision Publishing Inc. arrived at Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) 2015 showcasing Skylanders, SuperChargers, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Destiny: The Taken King, and Guitar Hero Live. The company continues to forge alliances with global partners such as Crayola, Penguin, BioWorld, Power A, and Mega Bloks to drive its licensing, merchandising, and retail businesses.

Skylanders has generated more than $3 billion in retail sales worldwide and with the launch of Skylanders SuperChargers has brought vehicles to life for the first time in the history of this franchise. At BLE, Activision will offer a sneak peek of a new creative direction and an illustration style that creates fan-favorite characters.

Call of Duty has generated more than $11 billion in retail sales worldwide. Activision is gearing up for the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops III with a merchandising program featuring new categories and partners.

Destiny has more than 20 million registered players since its launch and Destiny: The Taken King broke the record for the most downloaded day-one game in PlayStation history. The brand is expanding its merchandising program to apparel, electronics, accessories, and more.

Launching on October 23, Guitar Hero Live introduces GH Live, a first-person point of view game where players interact with a live audience; and GHTV, the world’s first playable music video network. Activision is creating a global merchandising program and collaborating with Pepsi for a Pepsi Challenge to allow fans to win Guitar Hero Live prizes.

Activision Announces Partnerships for Skylanders, Call of Duty, Destiny, and Guitar Hero Live

Skylanders SuperChargers Key ArtActivision Publishing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard Inc., showcased its portfolio of entertainment properties at this year’s Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. Anchored by its Skylanders, Call of Duty, Destiny, and Guitar Hero Live franchises, Activision’s Licensing and Partnerships business features new and retuning best-in-class partners, including McDonald’s, Crayola, Mega Brands, Power A, BioWorld, Penguin, and more which will continue to drive the video game publisher’s licensing, merchandising, and retail business.

Activision’s Licensing and Partnerships business is led by a comprehensive global kids licensing program for Skylanders, and a lifestyle merchandising program tailored for Call of Duty’s millions of fans worldwide. The company expanded its reach last year when it teamed up with Bungie on Destiny to create a program supported by industry leading partners in key categories. This year, the team is kicking off a global program for Guitar Hero Live, focusing on lifestyle and gaming accessories.

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