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Gaming Daily: June 29th 2012

Welcome to the Friday edition of Gaming Daily, your look at the biggest stories breaking around the games industry.

Vivendi looking to sell shares in Activision Blizzard

Some industry news first, and market website Bloomberg reports that Activision Blizzard parent company Vivendi could be looking to offload it’s $8.1 billion, 61% stake in the gaming giant. Activision Blizzard are arguably the biggest developer and publisher in the industry, and are responsible for some of the biggest titles in gaming including the Call of Duty and World of Warcraft franchises. If no overall buyer is found, it’s possible that Vivendi could sell a stake in the company on the open market. It marks a turbulent time for Vivendi, which has seen their stock hit a nine year low, and who have recently ousted their CEO.

Premium type offers coming to more EA titles?

With reports that take up of Battlefield 3’s Premium subscription model has surpassed the 800,000 mark in a little over 2 weeks, EA has raised the possibility that similar models could come to their other titles. Patrick Soderlund, EA Games Executive Vice President was bullish on the service’s performance. “We are very pleased with the performance so far. We’re actually only two weeks into it, so it’s a little early to tell how this is going to pay off. It certainly it looks very promising right now.”, with another executive, Frank Gibeau, stating “longer term we think that we can bring more properties into that offering and that’ll be great for the business”. He also responded to criticism of the service’s similarity to Call of Duty’s Elite offering: “We had EA Sports subscription before Elite came out, so adding that component to the design is not a reaction. It’s something we’d always been considering and we had been looking at… We actually think our Premium service exceeds what Elite does – from a value standpoint [and] from a content standpoint”.

Clint Hocking quits LucasArts

In another story of a developer leaving a major studio for pastures new, LucasArts’ Clint Hocking, has announced his departure from the company:

Yup, that’s right, you heard it here first. Unless you heard it somewhere else first. I recently left my job at LucasArts and am moving on to something new. Unlike last time, (and mercifully less wordy) I already have something lined up and I am currently in the process of dealing with the living hell of relocation. I will let the world know where I am going once I get there. Unless you already know.

Expendables 2 getting a game tie in

If over-the-top, balls to the wall, out and out action movies are your thing, you’ll no doubt have heard that The Expendables 2 is in production. What you may not have heard is that Ubisoft is developing a tie in game that will be available on PC, PSN and XBox Live. From the official blurb: “Building on the universe created in the high-octane, star-studded movies, The Expendables 2 Videogame invites gamers on an adventure to rescue an extremely valuable, kidnapped billionaire. It’s business as usual, until all hell breaks loose and the explosive mix of testosterone and kerosene detonates in a massive fireball that never lets up. The adventure concludes right where the new movie begins, creating a continuous story experience for fans of the Expendables’ hard-boiled brand of action.”. From screens released, the game looks to be a side scrolling shooter, and features Barney Ross, Yin Yang, Gunner Jensen and Hale Caesar (who are Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Terry Crews respectively).

That wraps up the week, Gaming Daily will be back next week. Any and all feedback, either here or through twitter @michael_ormonde, is appreciated.