It Took Activision Blizzard 7 Years to Develop These 2 Video Games

During the next few months Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI  )  will release two new games that have been under development for seven years between them. But will that extra time commitment pay off for the game publisher?

In the following video, Fool contributor Demitrios Kalogeropoulos takes a closer look at Destiny, set for release in September, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which comes out in November. Developer Bungie has been working on Destiny for more than four years, but Activision has plans for the brand that stretch out into the future much farther than that, he notes.

Development studio Bungie has been working on Destiny for over four years. Image source: Activision Blizzard.

Next up is a fresh addition to a much older brand: Call of Duty's latest chapter is worth paying attention to as its the first installment in the franchise to benefit from a three-year, as opposed to a two-year, development cycle. That change should make for a much more polished game, with better graphics -- and, ideally, a bug-free launch. Both of these titles will be critical to Activision's future, so investors should watch closely for new details about them to be unveiled at next month's E3 industry conference.

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  • Report this Comment On May 17, 2014, at 10:01 PM, isagaijin wrote:

    Sorry but Activision has nothing to do with making the two games. They are from different developers and why put that the two games took 7 years? It is like you are trying to mislead people. Anyways besides that years of development has nothing to do with the quality of the game. Elder Scrolls Skyrim took 5 years I think yet it was extremely buggy and still is. It also didn't bring too much interesting combat mechanics or anything like that. Wasn't Duke Nukem in development for 10 years? While Skyrim can be fun you cannot just credit the number of years as a very good sign that it might be an amazing game. What deserves the credit is the talent the teams have. A good team can push out a good game in two years.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 12:40 AM, Bunnyking77 wrote:

    Activision is a publisher...

    Bungie did the work.

    Sorry but you guys talk like you know and you don't know snap.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 8:32 AM, cartoonz wrote:

    Bunnyking is right you can not go by the time in a game look at Warcraft some x-pacs are great and other are really bad and broken it depends on the team writing it and the programmers .

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 11:23 AM, Vitabrits wrote:

    A guy that knows next to nothing about gaming. Nearly every game that has ended up in "development hell" ends up being mediocre at best. Most are garbage. You can find plenty of youtube vids on Top 10 games in development hell.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 5:16 PM, speculawyer wrote:

    3 years and 4 years? Am I supposed to be impressed?

    Rockstar regularly takes 5 years. Of course that is very risky though. It paid off for GTA V. It did not pay off so well for Max Payne.

  • Report this Comment On May 19, 2014, at 10:38 AM, Shantai wrote:

    Again the Fool gets is wrong. ActivisionBlizzard did not make these games but published them.

    If ActivisionBlizzard had made the games, they would probably STILL be in development as Blizz is known for good but SLOW to get released games.

    Stick to stocks Fool, and leave the gaming to those of us that know and deal in it. ;)

  • Report this Comment On May 19, 2014, at 12:37 PM, mobrocket wrote:

    I am excited for Destiny cus of Bungie.

    However, since activision is involved im concerned, they will whore it out like COD

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