Santa Monica, CA – Activision has announced a surprise sequel to their 2005 hit title ‘Gun’. The new game, officially titled Gun: Cole’s Return, the storyline will pick up ten years after the events in the original title. In an effort to capitalize on the success of their ‘Rock Band’ franchise the title will come packaged with a fully functional replica pistol, similar to the one used by the protagonist. Again, Neversoft is developing the title.
“We are happy and excited to announce Gun: Cole’s Return as an addition to our 2009 product lineup,” said the company in a statement. “With the success of the original title, and the rabid fan base it has developed, we feel that this new title will be warmly received by everyone. Further, the inclusion of the replica pistol furthers our commitment to packing in peripherals and issuing special editions. Judging by the success of properties such as ‘Rock Band’ we know that this is something gamers are clamouring for.”
The company also went on to say that they had considered including a light gun peripheral for the title, but that “light guns have never enjoyed much success,” and that gamers tended to seek more realism in their games. “A multi-colored gun wouldn’t have cut it in this day and age.”
Already the decision to release a special edition of the title has met with outrage from parents groups and groans from gamers.
“It is unbelievable that a responsible company would include a real gun with a shooting simulator. This takes the ridiculous and obscene nature of video games to the next level. They will not succeed with this,” said a spokesperson for the anti gun group IMSA. “First they train, now they give them the weapons. Unbelievable.”
The response from gamers has been equally violent, ranging from rolling eyes, to out and out aggression against the growth of special edition games.
“Our readers are getting more and more sick of overpriced special editions. This time they may actually be getting something of value, but the feeling is the same. That they are being ripped off and they have to just sit back and take it,” said a spokesperson for the gaming website Kotaku.
Activision has hit back at the complaints, saying that while the working gun will be included, they will not be including bullets. They have also said that both a special edition and bare bones regular edition will also be available.
“I’m afraid that’s a little too late for our readers,” continued the Kotaku spokesperson. “What gamer can resist the special shiny box on the wall. They feel like they are being forced to buy the special edition. The publishers realize that gamers have very little impulse control and are jumping on that to make more money.”
Activision though is hoping the extra cost will satisfy both sides.
“Too often special editions come with little figures or lithographs. It’s really not worth it. As for the gun advocates, well with the extra money we are charging we hope most gamers won’t even be able to afford bullets, so everything is good.”
The company plans to release the title in March of 2009 for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo DS.