Activision Drops Ghostbusters: The Game!

IGN, among many other gaming sites, is reporting that Activision has decided to not publish many of the anticipated titles from its recently acquired Vivendi Games portfolio. Among those dropped from publication are Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Brütal Legend, WET, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena and World in Conflict: Soviet Assault.

So what titles will the publisher be keeping while dismissing all these big names? The franchise of quality games such as Crash Bandicoot, Spyro The Dragon and Ice Age will be among the living. OH JOY!

To be frank … what the hell, Activision? You’ve honestly got to be kidding me here. Has the casual gaming market gotten so huge that it is no longer safe to publish anything with a demographic over the age of 13?

There’s no doubt in my mind that another publisher will come along and pick up all the gold Activision has dropped, but for right now the future of Ghostbusters is unclear, but at least the game itself has not been cancelled. Click hear and give Activision a piece of your mind!


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  • MagusMaleficus

    I think you might have jumped the gun posting this, Kryten. Check out Kotaku for confirmation to the contrary: the game will still be released. You can check the story out here.

    Yes, Activision dropped it, but the game will still be released–just by a different publisher. Don’t worry, guys, you’ll still get to bust some ghosts later this year.

  • Kryten Syxx

    In other words, the casual gamer is killing the video game market for people who have taste or would like something challenging to play. The Wii is doing the same thing, a couple of decent x-Gamecube games are ported/spit shined to bring in the big bucks and then the big N allows the third parties take over and produce party game after party game. This leaves the rest of us wondering why we even picked up the system.

    You’re right, Mr. Dark, that this will lead to a steep slope in which consumer confidence will slide down. On the bright side, smaller publishing houses will be able to push out the “forgotten” titles and build a loyal consumer base. but maybe at the cost of less advertising.

  • Mr. Dark

    Financially, this is actually a good move. Yes, I hate to say it, but they’re doing the right thing if they just want to maximize profits.

    The kiddie franchises they’re keeping and the move to casual gaming ensure pretty constant revenue streams. Adaptations of kid movies just seem to make X amount of dollars, every time, regardless of quality. Same with casual games, but then they even have the chance of releasing the next Bejeweled and hitting the motherlode.

    On the other side of the coin, three words: World of Fucking Warcraft. This merger means Activision will never be worried about revenue again. Ever. Period.

    This makes big budget, adult-targeted games and unnecessary risk. One multi-million bomb and suddenly those WoW revenues don’t look as good. Investors won’t ask why WoW brought in another billion, but they -will- ask why Activision just blew umpteen million on developing and marketing a game that sold 50k copies. Why even theoretically risk investor unhappiness when you own two mines full of fried gold?

    Of course, this is terribly shortsighted. It’s short-term thinking, ignoring the very real benefits of brand building and consumer confidence. Look at Rockstar: they’ve released a couple of relative duds (Red Dead Revolver, Bully) but then they keep turning out excellent product (regardless of my opinion of GTA IV) and the consumers are willing to give their stuff a shot -just because it’s them-. Activision used to carry that kind of weight. I’d buy an Atari 2600 game just because it was Activision. Got a lot of crappy games that way, but most often they were heads above the rest of the crowd.

    You won’t see that kind of risk now, apparently, and that’s too bad. Eventually someone will come along and kill WoW, and if that someone isn’t Blizzard then they’re up fecal matter rivlet without a rowing device.

    Mr. Dark
    Part-Time Dread Central Gaming Guy
    Full-Time Freelance Smartass

  • Chainsaw

    Anyone who says that consolidation of game companies can be good for business? Here is Exhibit A of why you are WRONG!!

    Seriously…fuck the kids.

  • Kryten Syxx

    Like I said, someone’s going to come along and just pick up all the gold Activision is dropping on their merry little skip through casual gamer land.

  • Undeadmin

    Well the Joke is on Activision I suppose. Not only will they miss out on the fuck ton of money this game will generate, they spent a shit load of cash to promote it at Comic Con just a few days ago.

    I wish I had money to just shit on like that. I feel bad for the people behind the game who have to endure yet another set back to getting this title released.

  • Mr. Dark

    This has actually been rumored for awhile. Even some schmo at GameStop (NOT a location for ‘game experts’ despite the adverts) said he had been told it would be canceled, months ago.

    This fits better than a cancellation, although I have no idea what Activision is thinking here. A bonafide sequel to a VERY popular franchise, all the original cast returning including the previous stick in the mud Murray, top-notch dev in Terminal Reality…this is really a no-brainer. Brutal Legend I can understand, even though it looks amazing, just because Schaefer’s games tend to be critical hits and financial bombs and because it’s a very unique and untried game style.

    But who among us hasn’t always wanted to let fly with a positron glider and cross the streams?

    It’ll get released, probably snatched up within DAYS based on the strong buzz this has been getting.

    Oh, and devs Terminal Reality are here in Dallas…I saw Dark Knight one row up from one. Thought -hard- about jumping him and beating on him until he takes me to the latest working build for some ‘playtesting’.

    Mr. Dark
    Part-Time Dread Central Gaming Guy
    Full-Time Freelance Smartass

  • The Buz

    Activision is full of retards.

  • Kryten Syxx

    I never said it was cancelled, it just may not be published by Activision.

  • The Unknown Murderer

    The buzz about Ghostbusters has been far too good, and that’s with a lot of hands on time. I mean, they got the original writers and voice talent…

    Activision is…ugh. I don’t get it. Hopefully, someone will come along and pick it up because I desperately want to play it!

  • Sirand

    And the award for stupidest corporate decision ever goes to…

    Damn, Activision just committed suicide. It’s like Blizzard saying “Meh. Let’s drop World of Warcraft.” Good luck, you dumb fuckers.

    • Undeadmin

      Oddly enough Activision merged with Blizzard a couple weeks ago.