Activision announced that it is in the process of terminating the GHTV mode within Guitar Hero Live. As of December 1, 2018, GHTV will no longer be available to play. On that date, Activision will terminate the service for GHTV and servers will be shut down.
Console versions of the GH Live mode will continue to operate as usual.
Some changes have already been made. As of June 1, 2018, iOS versions of the Guitar Hero Live game for mobile is no longer available for download via the app store. Players who currently own the app and have it installed on their device can continue to play the GH Live mode on their installed device (through November 30, 2018). Activision points out that if you update your iOS software, the app may no longer be supported.
Also as of June 1, 2018, all GHTV in-game purchases will be turned off. Activision says players can continue to use their Hero Cash and items on hand until the GHTV sunset date of December 1, 2018.
Activision states that players can still enjoy GHTV and all content in the game mode, including Premium Shows, through November 30, 2018.
Activision has launched the Call of Duty: WWII Alexa Skill. It is currently available in Beta, and will function as an additional ally for Call of Duty: WWII players.
The Call of Duty: WWII Alexa Skill features an array of support options, including personalized player recommendations, updates on in-game achievements and the ability to stay connected with and compare your play with friends.
Did you just play a match of Call of Duty: WWII and want to know how you did as well as how to improve your chances next time? Ask Alexa how to improve your skills, and you’ll get a personalized recommendation ready for your next match. Want to know if your friends are online and playing Call of Duty: WWII? Just ask Alexa. The skill supports Call of Duty: WWII and is available free of charge, through the Alexa companion app.
The Call of Duty: WWII Alexa Skill employs AI and machine learning to create personalized recommendations, including specific loadouts, play styles, maps, modes, perks and divisions for each player. Using cluster analysis, the machine learnng model analyzes more than 20 factors, including accuracy, movement, engagement distance, K/D, shots, score per minute, time played, and relationships to other players to make personalized recommendations for each player.
The Skill then employs natural language generation to create personalized responses to 2,500 questions about the game and an individual’s performance. Using a soldier-like voice, the Skill can deliver 250,000 distinct responses that incorporate real-time statistics, status and recommendations from the game.
There are 15 categories of features in the Call of Duty Alexa Skill for Call of Duty: WWII, including:
Personalized recommendations to improve your skills
Match summaries, and highlights of your recent gameplay
Social features, including whether friends are currently playing, and comparing your stats and achievements to theirs.
Contract and order status, both during and after a match, so that you see how close you are to completing the contract and earning a reward
Latest in-game news, including events and game updates
Recently a number of older games have been making their way to mobile devices via the Android platform. Earlier this year we saw Activision launch a suite of 80’s games, but now the company has struck again with a stand-alone version of the iconic Atari game Pitfall, albeit four months after debuting on iOS devices.
Activision chose to release the game due to it being the 30th anniversary, but the company could not have waited much longer to get it ported over to the Android platform.
“On his 30th Anniversary, take control of Pitfall Harry once again in PITFALL!, inspired by the 1982 Classic that started it all, now re-envisioned and re-booted on Android!”
Well, as the old saying goes, better late than never. Take solace in the fact that the game is free and head over to the Google Play store to grab it and start reliving your Pitfall Harry days.
Classic games have been making a comeback lately. Just last week Microsoft announced a partnership with Atari to make eight of their classics available for play in Internet Explorer 9 and 10. Atari also has an app available for Android which brings many of their old games to mobile devices. Now, Activision is getting in on the deal with a new app called “Activision Anthology”
The app comes with KABOOM! for free, but there are 45 other games, including PITFALL!, RIVER RAID, THE ACTIVISION DECATHLON, BARNSTORMING, STAMPEDE, PITFALL II, ENDURO, DEMON ATTACK and others available. They are available in packs of 11 games each for $2.99, or you can get the whole package for $6.99.
Activision Anthology has Game Center and Facebook integration, including leaderboards and achievements, to share and compete with friends. The pack is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Some of you may know the game Pitfall thanks to it being kept alive through computer emulators, and a few of you may even remember playing it on your Atari game console. Now Activision has revived the classic with a remake for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices.
The game has been redesigned for modern mobile devices, so don’t expect any nostalgic 8 bit graphics here. The work was done by Blast Furnace, a new Activision UK game studio. Gordon Hall, head of the studio, said, “The team has kept the elements that made the original so much fun to play, and merged them with a cool, retro HD art style, updated controls and play mechanics to keep both old-school fans and newcomers happy.”
The new Pitfall coincides, not by accident, with the 30 year anniversary of the original Atari version from 1982. An Android version is also planned, but no release date has yet been scheduled.