Activision cans The Movies for consoles

After months of evasive statements, the publisher admits its Hollywood sim isn't expanding beyond the PC.

In March 2003, the game industry was abuzz with word of a deal struck between mammoth publisher Activision and development legend Peter Molyneux. Under the terms of the deal, Activision would publish The Movies, an ambitious Hollywood mogul sim in development at Molyneux's British shop Lionhead Studios.

At the time, both Activision and Lionhead made much of the fact that the Movies would be released for both the PC and consoles. The fanfare was still going strong a year later, when Molyneux trotted out the game at E3 2004. However, in subsequent months, little was heard about the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube versions of the Movies. When asked about the non-PC versions of the game last fall, an Activision rep bobbed and weaved, saying, "We haven't made any announcements about the Movies for consoles in a while."

Activision's obfuscation ended yesterday, when, during a conference call with analysts, the company revealed that all console versions of the Movies had been canned. Activision chief financial officer Thomas Tippl didn't mince words about the game's fate. "We canceled The Movies slated for consoles in fiscal '07 due to underperformance on the PC," he said. Despite receiving mostly positive reviews, the game did middling business and was only the 15th-best-selling PC game of November 2005, the month it went on sale.

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65 comments
Pickleking23
Pickleking23

maybe if they made it for xbox 360 or ps3 that would be sweeet have movies in really good graphics, now that's a idea to think about.

Kbs64
Kbs64

NOO you ...how can you... I mean... bite me

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

It's understandable. Dont want to put anymore money into a game that won't sell.

runstalker
runstalker

Would've been a mess on current gen consoles. The RAM needed....I mean they'd have to reduce the quality of the assets (textures and such) to repugnant levels to achieve the flexibility of the PC version.

ff7cloudking
ff7cloudking

Wait... the movies WAS going to come out on consoles.....aw....this stinks. Oh well. It woulda been hard to pull off on consoles anyway.

stlab
stlab

According to www.worthplaying.com lionhead have said they havnt canned movies for consoles. (dont know how reliable worthplaying is though) A few days ago Activision's financial results made no mention of the console iterations for Lionhead's movie studio sim, leading us to believe the projects were cancelled. Today Lionhead issued a brief statement that this is not true, they are still in the works, and even an expansion pack for the PC edition is in development. "Activision will not be publishing the console version of The Movies but that does not mean the project is dead. I'd like to add that PC sales for 2005 have been dissapointing (especially during Christmas) for everyone in this industry. Rest assured that the team at Lionhead Studios are as dedicated to The Movies as they've ever been; an expansion pack is currently in development (which will be announced very shortly) and we are continuing to support The Movies Online!"

Jandek
Jandek

damn they cancelled BC that is gay

greatatlantic
greatatlantic

Wow, I'm surprised that it didn't sell better. This game had a lot of Sims like qualities written all over it, with enough added twists to make it a unique alternative to that juggernaut. Don't think this game could ever have been ported to consoles without a significant loss of performance and gameplay. You know though, if you can afford an Xbox360 premium, chances are you can afford a computer capable of running this game at decent levels of performance.

Themage
Themage

I was really looking forward to playing the game - there loss.

sgtsaville
sgtsaville

Is this a good game? I was looking into buying it but didn't know if I would like it.

komdosina
komdosina

Oh well now I'm curious what new games Lionhead will show E3 or maybe GDC 2006. Fable 2 maybe BC for the Xbox 360 or a console version of Black and White for the Nintendo Revolutions, or maybe that project Dimitri for most likely the PC.

robert032
robert032

Its Lionhead announced that its NOT cancelled! they just need to find a new publisher at this point because Activision wont do it because of its low sales.

SHADOWSTRYK3R
SHADOWSTRYK3R

It would never have worked out with games consoles anyway, The Movies really requires a mouse and keyboard.

azizrulez
azizrulez

i dont think it would have been that good for the consoles any way

brightboy
brightboy

This suck I was really looking forward to playing this game on my Xbox. I don't have a computer so I probably will never get a chance to play the movies.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

thats to bad I was holding off on getting it for the PC I really wanted it for my Xbox.I guess I will just have to get the one for the PC.

ufopuller
ufopuller

I really hope they do more with PC games then

Seraphim_24
Seraphim_24

Sims 2 didn't work well on a console so it may be better not to port this one over, at least not to the Xbox, PS2 and GCN. Maybe it could work with the 360, but it may be better to just keep these kinds of games on the PC since simulations just work out better on the PC.

4X6X9
4X6X9

darn that sucks....whell good thing i got a new computer for this game. now i got it for PC.

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

But part of the problems that I see with The Movies is you need a high end top of the line computer that can move satlelites. It's quite the resource hog. It's one of the reasons I wasn't sure that a console port would be any good. I still hope for an expansion pack though. The game could really use more scenes and sets.

soulitier
soulitier

i think this sucks and blows because some people dont wanna buy a high end top of the line computer that can move satlelites

keppup
keppup

thats jus silly :(

Reetesh
Reetesh

The controls for Such Game in Consoles Is difficult to Transfer so It is better off without Making one.

DarthUltima
DarthUltima

I don't know how they would have pulled it off on consoles anyways

skitzocyko
skitzocyko

It figures....but they would rather put out a sequel to a sequel than something kinda' fresh.

PS2Maniac2K4
PS2Maniac2K4

I'm really disappointed in pc gamers. This game is one of the most ambitious, creative, and addictive games I have ever played. I don't understand why more people haven't bought this game. From what I recall, there was a big amount of hype associated with it when it was in development. I guess gamers really don't care about originality anymore--it seems that all the casual gamer wants to do is blow crap up in rehash FPS's. I hope this trend changes, but I doubt it will. Congratulations, casual gamers, you have missed one of the best games of 2005. Way to go.

acu02151
acu02151

Well hey i love this game but i never really saw it working thta well on the consoles, it's like the sims in that respect. But hey maybe after my ape madness anthology is released...

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

anyone surprised? has this game even sold 50k yet?

bioniccommando1
bioniccommando1

I agree that it would have been a really hard one to pull off successfully on the consoles. Would've been cool though!

jec24
jec24

the pc game wasn't that great, so its underperformance in sales was not surprising. it could be addictive, but that was mainly due to the repetitive style of gameplay, not that it was a lot of fun to play. it had a great concept, but didn't quite flesh it out. a console version would have been awkward.

SalenStormwing
SalenStormwing

It was fun on the console, but it had some issues as well. I know I could never connect to the online section without the whole game crashing. Bah. Oh well, I guess stuff happens... Now if they'd only make a new patch for my problem.

supererman14
supererman14

I was going to buy the movies on consoles....that just sucks that they canned it.

Neon_Light102
Neon_Light102

Not too dissapointed. It seems that simulation games don't turn out too well on consoles. *cough* The Sims *cough* lol

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

I was always under the impression it was going to be PC-exclusive from the beginning anyway, so it means little to me personally. Most sim games should stay on the PC, anyway, but it's disappointing the only reason Activision have decided not to port it is because it under-performed.

GameonDerek
GameonDerek

This really sucks. I got it for Christmas and have been hyping it up for a co-worker who doesn't have a PC, just a PS2. He's gonna be pissed. This truly is a great game.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

It is an awesome game, yes, but it's best played on the PC.

Gmex
Gmex

this stinks but sim games hardly worked on console games

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Too bad, The Movies is an awesome game.

Snipes33
Snipes33

Now they can concentrate on Fable 2...

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

Meh. While I'm surprised it didn't sell that well (every review I read was glowing about it), I'm sort of glad it won't go to consoles. This is one of those genres that best suits the PC. You have to admit, consoles have their share of fair suited titles and the PC has its own. I have it on PC anyway so I'm not really affected, but if you want to play it so bad play it on the platform it was meant to be played on.

darkheart73
darkheart73

NO!!!!!!!!!!! I was saving up some money for that! Oh well, I'll just buy Smackdown! VS RAW 2006

vix
vix

Oh man, I'm so disappointed...I was so looking forward to this!