Ghostbusters: The Video Game dumped on the streets by big player Activision, picked up by failing pimp Atari
I’m sure I’m not the only guy here at MWN who is a fan of Ghostbusters, so when Ghostbusters: The Video game was announced, I was excited. Unfortunately, Activision has become a dick over recent years and they just happened to be the guys who were going to publish Ghostbusters: The Video Game, which was originally planned to come out at the end of this year. However, Activision announced that it has let go of many Sierra games that were in production under them. While 50 cent: Blood in the Sand was one of them, the others were hopeful looking titles like Ghostbusters: The Video Game, as well Tim Schafer’s latest project Brutal Legend and a new Chronicles of Riddick game. The reason? Well the company’s CEO, Bobby Kotick, told us that the games mentioned couldn’t be exploited every year and couldn’t become a $100 million franchise. Sorry Activision, but not every franchise can be exploited in the same way that you’ve started to exploit the Guitar Hero and Call of Duty franchises. However, every cloud has a silver lining, and luckily Atari, of all companies, has bought the rights to publish the Ghostbusters and Riddick games. However that leaves Brutal Legend without a publisher. Now Tim Schafer has made greats like the Monkey Island series, Grim Fandango and Pyschonauts, just to name a few. It would be a shame to not see Brutal Legend released.
MWN is not one to be making news posts, but this story touch a nerve of mine. It just shows Activison for what they are now: greedy bastards. While a company is in it to make money, not publishing a game because it can’t become a $100 million franchise sounds like a stupid reason to me. (Ghostbusters: The Video Game is now set to be released in 2009 to coincide with the franchise’s 25th anniversary.)