Activision confirms new Tony Hawk, DJ Hero, Spider-Man, more for 2010

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick confirmed today the company’s plans to release a number of sequels in 2010, the widely expected Tony Hawk Ride and DJ Hero follow-ups among them.

“In calendar year 2010, we expect our net earnings and operating margin growth will be driven by our product slate that includes Blizzard Entertainment’s Starcraft II and the World of Warcraft expansion pack, Cataclysm,” Kotick was quoted as saying in Activision Blizzard’s 2009 financial earnings report, “as well as a diversified lineup based on Activision Publishing’s best-selling franchises including Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk, together with other well-known titles such as True Crime, Spider-Man and Bakugan.”

During the company’s earnings conference call today a number of those games were briefly mentioned as well; the follow-up to Ride was said to improve upon the software as plans for potential future applications for the board peripheral were reiterated, the new Call of Duty isn’t expected to do as well as Modern Warfare 2 but will still be approached in a “bullish” manner. And finally, releases of music games will be cut back — only two “major” releases in the genre are planned, those being DJ Hero 2 and a new Guitar Hero.