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'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,' 'Destiny' beta and more release dates updated

Kevin Spacey in 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare'
Kevin Spacey in 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare'
Photo courtesy of Activision, used with permission

Activision has updated the release schedule for the second half of 2014. According to a report from Gameranx on May 7, the publisher first announced better-than-expected quarterly earnings for the company's previous fiscal quarter. Instead of the projected $885 million, the company managed to rack up $1.111 billion

Eric Hirshberg, the chief executive officer of Activision, also confirmed that the "Destiny" multiplayer beta will be made available in July. Bungie previously stated that the PS3 and PS4 users can try out the play test before the Xbox 360 and Xbox One players. An invite code for the multiplayer beta can be acquired by pre-ordering "Destiny" at select retailers. Bungie is also giving away vouchers through the game's official Facebook page.

Bobby Kotick also confirmed the dates for a few more games. The chief executive office reiterated that "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" is launching on Nov. 4 while "Skylanders: Trap Team" will be coming out a month earlier on Oct. 5. The second half of the year should also see the release of "Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition" on consoles along with new contents for "Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft" and the launch of "World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor."

The aforesaid "Destiny" was previously confirmed for a Sept. 9 launch on all Playstation and Xbox branded consoles. Activision is expecting the new intellectual property to be as successful as the "Call of Duty" and "Skylanders" franchises as the shared-world first-person shooter is projected to generate at least $1 billion in revenue. The publisher recently confirmed that "Destiny" has already set a record for pre-order sales for a new intellectual property.

"Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" should end up being one of the biggest releases of the holiday season. The first-person shooter is developed mainly for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One although it will also be ported to the PS3 and Xbox 360. A screen featuring Kevin Spacey, who will be playing one of the characters in the story, from the official "Call of Duty" Twitter page can be viewed with the image added to the top side of this article.