Does The Public Know Who Develops Call of Duty?

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Does The Public Know Who Develops Call of Duty?

With our June cover story on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, we introduced you to the new primary developer for the Call of Duty series Sledgehammer Games. With the expanding roster of studios and new three-year development cycle between Treyarch, Infinity Ward, and Sledgehammer Games, we started to wonder if the average Call of Duty player would recognize the names of the developers. To close things out for our month of coverage, we roped in Game Informer's Ben Reeves to hit the streets of Minneapolis to talk to the public about the Call of Duty series and how much they know about game development. If you like this sort of thing, feel free to check out our previous man-on-the-street videos on the Wii U and the Xbox One versus the PlayStation 4.

Watch the video below to learn whether the tiny sliver of the public that is familiar with Call of Duty knows where the games come from.

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2014's Upcoming Xbox One Games

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2014's Upcoming Xbox One Games

Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the Xbox One in 2014.

Murdered: Soul Suspect - June 3Airtight Games’ supernatural murder mystery is a more linear affair than what contemporary gamers are used to. However, lots of side content and a compelling story could make this a winner.

2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

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2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the PlayStation 4 in 2014.

Murdered: Soul Suspect - June 3Airtight Games’ supernatural murder mystery is a more linear affair than what contemporary gamers are used to. However, lots of side content and a compelling story could make this a winner.

2014’s Upcoming Wii U Games

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2014’s Upcoming Wii U Games

With major titles like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. coming this year to Wii U, we decided to pull together everything that we know of that's slated for 2014. The following list will be updated and amended throughout the year. If you something confirmed for 2014 release that's not on our list, please let us know.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - June 10A tie-in game for the upcoming Dreamworks film.

Pushmo World - June 19The third title in the Pushmo series arrives on the Wii U soon. 

10 Ways The Kinect Failed Out Of Our Living Rooms

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10 Ways The Kinect Failed Out Of Our Living Rooms

Microsoft had such high hopes for Kinect. Jumping into the giant wake created by Nintendo's smash hit Wii, the Kinect first debuted as the Xbox 360's response to motion-controlled gaming in 2010. A huge marketing push drove early adoption of the peripheral, with sales topping 10 million in just three months. The future looked bright.

So bright, in fact, that Microsoft doubled down by including an enhanced version of the peripheral in the box for Xbox 360's successor, the Xbox One, upon its launch last November. But with Microsoft announcing an Xbox One bundle that removes Kinect from the package, the Kinect's 15 minutes of fame look to be over. With this new reality setting in, we count down 10 ways the Kinect failed Microsoft and consumers.

10. Asleep On The Job

Conspiracy Comes To Magic: The Gathering

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Conspiracy Comes To Magic: The Gathering

On June 6th, a set designed completely around the draft format and multiplayer conflict comes to Magic: The Gathering. Conspiracy will bring completely new elements to the game, and even though you won’t be able to play with it on Magic: The Gathering Online, it’s a great incentive to conspire with some friends at the kitchen table.

If you’re not familiar with the concept, players essentially open up fresh packs and pass cards around to make the best decks they can with the tools available - It’s a great way to break out of other environments where players may be playing similar constructed decks. We asked designer Shawn Main a few questions about the new set.

How did the idea for Conspiracy come about?

The Hidden Humanity Of Wolfenstein: The New Order

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The Hidden Humanity Of Wolfenstein: The New Order

When I first previewed Wolfenstein: The New Order in a small, press-only gathering earlier this year, I came away surprised. The gunplay, alternate history, and even the traditional method of gathering ammunition with a button press all gelled nicely. What I wasn’t prepared for was the humanity flowing through the narrative.

I experienced some trepidation when we published that preview. In the first three chapters of the game, I got a good look at the horrors of a prolonged World War II. I experienced the gruesome Mengele-esque experiments conducted by antagonist General Deathshead. I saw 14 years of life pass before a helpless B.J. Blazkowicz. I had no guarantee that Machine Games would carry that thread of strong character development through the entire experience, but I had hope.

My faith was rewarded. Between the intense moments of bloodshed, B.J. drops his guard. He experiences regret for those he was unable to save. He falls in love with a strong woman who cared for him during his invalid years. He lives a human existence.

The Return Of Cassandra In Dragon Age: Inquisition

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The Return Of Cassandra In Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition has new characters joining the fight, but old faces are also returning to help restore peace. Recently, we looked at what confirmed party member Varric would bring to the table. Now we're delving into Cassandra's potential and why she's an intriguing character to bring back.

She's A Bit Of A Mystery

We don't know a great deal about Cassandra. In Dragon Age II, we only knew that she was a seeker of the Chantry. We also watched her interrogate Varric about Hawke, believing Hawke may hold the key to preventing the impending war. From her interactions with Varric, it was already apparent that she's strong-willed and that she's devoted to protecting Thedas. In Dawn of the Seeker, she struggled with not letting her fury overtake her, at times being a bit reckless in her pursuit of the truth.

Where is Final Fantasy XV?

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Many gamers are looking ahead to the next generation for exciting games, but for one of Square Enix’s most anticipated upcoming titles, we have to look backward. Final Fantasy Versus XIII was unveiled in 2006, but remained seldom-seen and mysterious until it reappeared as Final Fantasy XV. Even then, concrete answers about the game’s status are rare, so we’ve assembled this timeline of its progress, major appearances, and related comments from director Tetsuya Nomura, producer Yoshinori Kitase, and brand director Shinji Hashimoto.

Update 5/28/14: With E3 2014 just two weeks away, we've added a few new entries covering the last year of developments, including Final Fantasy Versus XIII's transformation into Final Fantasy XV.

May 2006 At E3, Final Fantasy Versus XIII is announced as part of Fabula Nova Crystalis, as is Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII. Along with Final Fantasy XIII, it is revealed as a PS3 exclusive. 

Imagining The Future For Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Imagining The Future For Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

With Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sledgehammer Games is branching out from its predecessors and creating an entirely new universe for the series. Studio heads Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey wanted to create a futuristic world set in the year 2054, but one that can't be described as "sci-fi". We spoke with Schofield and Condrey about the challenges of creating a vision of the future from scratch and what it means for the Call of Duty franchise.

Watch the interview below to what learn separates this version of the future from Black Ops 2 and what they have in mind for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 2.

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