New game consoles could come in 2005

In a presentation at a Credit Suisse First Boston conference in New York, Ron Doornink also said the company no longer expected price cuts on the current generation of hardware from Sony Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Nintendo Co. Ltd.this year.

Doornink said Activision expected the successors to Sony’s PlayStation 2, Microsoft’s Xbox and Nintendo’s GameCube to come in two to two-and-a-half years, anywhere from the fall of 2005 to the spring of 2006.

That said, though, Doornink indicated the company knows little about that new hardware.

“There’s very little information that we’ve received thus far from the first parties,” he said. “It’s still awfully early and we’re getting very little confirmed through the first parties.”

Doornink also addressed the status of “Shrek 2,” which the company is set to publish next year under a deal with TDK Mediactive. Though TDKM is being acquired by publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., Doornink said Activision’s rights to the game were unaffected.

Source: Reuters