Ghostbusters Video Game Loses Publisher

Potentially disastrous news this week for anyone looking forward to the upcoming Ghostbusters video game. It looks like the game’s publisher, Blizzard/Vivendi, has officially dropped the project as a result of their recent merger with Activision. The game industry is starting to look a lot like the movie industry nowadays, with fewer and fewer major companies holding the purse strings. In this case, Ghostbusters seems like it may be a casualty, along with some other games that are currently in limbo such as the upcoming Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena.

Activision Publishing CEO Mike Griffith had this to say: “We have conducted a thorough review of Vivendi Games’ brand portfolio and are retaining those franchises and titles that are a strong fit with our long-term product strategy. We are reviewing our options regarding those titles that we will not be publishing.”

A San Diego Comic Con panel on the Ghostbusters game was reportedly canceled at the last minute, which gives an indication of the project’s current crisis. Essentially what this means is that developer Terminal Reality must now find a new publisher to fund the game. I do think that someone else will likely pick it up, as it would be a shame to waste the buzz that has been building and the involvement of all the original cast members (minus Rick Moranis, that is). The problem is, while movie fans have been showing enthusiasm for it, I don’t know that gamers in general have been all that impressed with the footage shown thus far. We’ll have more on this as it develops.

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  • http://www.toybender.com Paul

    Gamers have been showing a huge interest in the game as well, especially considering there’s a lot of older gamers (like me) that grew up with the films. This better see a release!

  • Swarez

    I’m sure it will be released, it’s too big and the hype is too much for a company to ignore.

    I have to say though that I wasn’t impressed with the in game footage that I saw.

  • http://www.rianmiller.com Rian

    This game, along with MGS4, Killzone 2, and Aliens: Colonial Marines is one of the main reasons that I plan on buying a PS3. My fingers are officially crossed that this game will still come to pass.

  • http://www.ryanmarlow.net Ryan M.

    Rian, I’m assuming the real main reason you want a PS3 is Blu-ray right? You’re a film junkie after all lol.

    I’m not worried I can’t imagine some smart publisher wont swoop in and pick up on a project that is more than halfway towards release. I don’t see how this wont sell.

  • scoville

    Sierra is continuing it’s development of the game. They’ll get another publisher without too much work. I have this info from someone on the inside. It’s not really a big deal for this game.

  • Scorpio82

    Why is it that every time I hear bad news about the video game industry, Vivendi is always involved?

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