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Pitfall Is First Up For New Activision Leeds Studio

Posted July 10, 2012 - By Adam Rosenberg

Pitfall Is First Up For New Activision Leeds Studio

We recently learned that the newly established Activision Leeds studio will be handling the development of all upcoming Call of Duty portable titles, but it looks like the developer will first be taking on another fan-favorite Activision franchise: Pitfall. Work on the smartphone-based game began earlier in 2012; more details will be revealed as the title comes together, but Activision's Martyn Brown told MCV that fans can expect a fresh take on the classic.

In the pantheon of video games, Pitfall sits alongside the likes of Pong and Pac-Man as one of the greats; it's not quite Zeus, but it's definitely on the level of an Apollo or Hermes. The original version of the game followed Pitfall Harry as he swung over pits, leapt past snakes, and bounced across lakes on the tops of alligators heads, all in pursuit of treasure.

It's actually one of Activision's oldest original IP, being the work of company co-founder David Crane. We've seen multiple stabs at both remakes and straight ports over the years, with versions of the 1982 original available even now on Xbox 360 and assorted smartphones.

The last attempt to revive the franchise came in 2004 with the last-gen title Pitfall: The Lost Expedition, for PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox. The game received average-to-above-average reviews, which was enough of a success for a Wii port to be released in 2008. 

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