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On its second quarter earnings call, Activision has cautioned investors about the second half of its fiscal year (as it did during the first quarter). CEO Bobby Kotick identified new competition as one reason, but has pinned some of the concern on Sony and Microsoft.
On the call, Kotick cited uncertainty around next generation promotion, product allocations, and release dates as some reasons that the publisher will have a tougher second half of the year. He also identified consumer purchase hesitation related to new hardware, which could slow adoption of next-generation titles.
Our TakeThe sooner that Microsoft and Sony announce their release dates, the happier publishers are going to be. Publishers are already concerned because of the Wii U's performance to-date, and we won't know if the issue is with Nintendo's promotion of its hardware or a more significant industry-wide shift in interest in standalone game consoles.
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Most useless news/statement of the day
I am sure it is frustrating for the developers and publishers to be left hanging so close to the expected launch windows for the consoles. If Sony/MS wants to be successful they need to hammer in a date and let the publishers determine if they are going to make launch and get a good launch lineup going.
This is stupid and pointless. New systems are always uncertain but what is weird and should be considered troubling is that Sony and Microsoft said they're going to support the PS3 and 360 for the next few years thus blocking sales of their new systems. Back in the day when a new system came out the old one went away and that's it. Now people are so sticking to the past that it's stopping the progress. One example of this is BACKWARD compatibility. See what I did there.