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

For video games, development time matters. That's why Activision is hoping its seven-year commitment on these two new titles will pay off.

May 17, 2014 at 2:00PM

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.

Destiny

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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Demitrios Kalogeropoulos owns shares of Activision Blizzard, Apple, and Netflix. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Activision Blizzard, Apple, Google (A and C shares), and Netflix. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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