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UPDATE, SUNDAY AT NOON PT: An individual who claims to be tied to FindMakarov has emailed me what is purportedly a still frame from the “FindMakarov” production. Call of Duty fans will instantly recognize the character as Simon “Ghost” Riley from Task Force 141 in Modern Warfare 2. Based on this image it seems that FindMakarov is a live-action short film inspired by MW2.
ORIGINAL STORY: Yesterday the Internet was buzzing with rumors that Activision is set to announce the next Call of Duty on Wednesday, March 2. Those rumors started when a website, FindMakarov.com, began a mysterious countdown that ends on Wednesday morning. That’s two years to the day when Infinity Ward revealed the teaser trailer for Modern Warfare 2 during the Game Developers’ Choice Awards at GDC.
So, on the surface, it was natural to assume we were days away from the announcement of the next Call of Duty. That theory was only reinforced by the site’s Modern Warfare 2-style visual identity, not to mention the obvious reference to MW2 villain Vladimir Makarov in the site address.
The only problem? Six hours after the site went live Activision did something no one expected: It released a statement calling FindMakarov an outright hoax and confirmed it has no plans to announce the next Call of Duty on March 2.
I began to wonder what was going on here. Is Activision pulling a fast one, trying to draw players even deeper into an elaborate ARG for the next Call of Duty? Or is the site a parody effort on the part of Electronic Arts, which recently poked fun at Call of Duty with an elaborate game called Duty Calls? On Tuesday night EA is scheduled to reveal the first demo of Battlefield 3, its Call of Duty competitor set for release this Fall. It would be a ballsy move for the FindMakarov countdown to end, only to reveal a Battlefield 3 video from EA.
It turns out both those theories are wrong. After some sleuthing I can confirm that the site has nothing to do with a game publisher or developer. Don’t expect a game announcement to pop up when the countdown ends.
Instead, I can exclusively report that Findmakarov.com is the creation of We Can Pretend, an independent Toronto, Canada-based creative collective that is expected to launch a project inspired by Call of Duty on March 2. Production sources who worked on the self-funded project call it visually spectacular.
From what I can tell Activision has no involvement and was seemingly as surprised as we were when the teaser website went live yesterday morning. I’ll update this post as I learn more.
GTTV is back for an all new season on Spike TV, airing on Thursday nights and Saturday mornings. You’ll see an all-new look to the show this year, including more segments and more games every week. This week we check out Fight Night Champion with Eliza Dushku, Twisted Metal with David Jaffe, and I count down my five most anticipated games of 2011.
Watch the premiere episode below, and let me know what you think in the comments.
This is one GTTV episode you don’t want to miss! Last week I visited Sony Santa Monica for a first look at GOD OF WAR 3, which is coming out on March 16 for the PS3. You’ve seen the demo and the trailer, but now we’re showing off tons of the final game. Wait until you see the sense of scale (like the Cronos battle) and the amazing in-game action. When you watch this episode remember that nothing is pre-rendered CGI, it’s all in-game footage. I’ve been lucky enough to play GOW3 and I must say it’s the best God of War yet.
Make sure to tune into the season premiere of GAMETRAILERS TV this Thursday, January 21 on Spike! The all-new season kicks off with the first look at the single-player campaign of BATTLEFIELD BAD COMPANY 2 from EA. While the multiplayer has been widely shown (and praised), we’ll show you the first single-player trailer and a ton of gameplay from two of the missions. Also, we’re introducing a new segment next week starring industry analyst Michael Pachter.
I’m looking forward to the new season and we’re already planning lots of great coverage and world exclusives for the coming weeks. Let me know which games you’d like to see us cover on the show.
What were the big stories of 2009 in the gaming industry? Our 2009 year-end Bonus Round on GT.com recaps the headlines, the top games, and the trends that are changing the business. Guests are Michael Pachter from Wedbush Securities, Shane Satterfield from GT.com, and Garnett Lee from Shacknews. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the near hour-long discussion embedded below or viewable at GameTrailers.com
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