Activision has had a great deal of success with remasters of its classic games, and there are plenty of titles in the company’s catalogue that fans want to get the same treatment. During yesterday’s earnings call, the company told investors that it has “a lot of IP” that fans are interested in seeing make a comeback, and that they should “stay tuned for some future announcements.”
After the success of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which “sold through over ten million copies,” CEO Bobby Kotick says that these releases “are obviously having a big impact on our bottom line and a real impact there, but I’d say what’s really important is that it’s reaffirming the enduring nature of these franchises for us.”
Kotick says that “when you look at our IP library, we think there’s a lot of IP in there the fans are going to want to experience again. So now what I’d say stay tuned for some future announcements.” (Separately, Activision also says that new IP initiatives are in place, so the company’s not relying solely on the old stuff.)
The success of remasters like Crash and Spyro might lead to new games in those series, too. Kotick says there are “a lot of opportunities now to innovate and think about totally new content within these IPs. So as we think about it, there is a lot of growth opportunities for the business over time within Activision, based on our library of IP.” You can read the full transcript on Seeking Alpha.
All this focuses primarily on the Activision side, but there’s plenty of remaster action on the Blizzard side, from StarCraft to Warcraft 3. (Just don’t expect Diablo 2 any time soon.) A Modern Warfare 2 remaster has been floating around ratings sites and retail listings for over a year now, but we still don’t have a concrete idea of when – or even if – that’s actually going to land.