Activision picks up SpongeBob SquarePants game rights

Nickelodeon and Activision agree to new multi-year deal to develop and publish multiple titles based on cartoon series.

Nickelodeon and Activision Publishing have announced a new multi-year and multi-title deal that gives the Call of Duty company rights to develop and publish games featuring SpongeBob SquarePants. Terms of the deal were not divulged.

THQ, which went bankrupt last year, was the former publisher of SpongeBob games.

The first game to be published through the new Activision-Nickelodeon deal will be SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge. The game will launch October 22 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, DS, and 3DS.

A third-person co-op game from Behaviour Interactive (Naughty Bear), Plankton's Robotic Revenge follows Sheldon J. Plankton and his attempts to steal the famous Krabby Patty formula with the help of evil robots. Gamers can play as SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, or Mr. Krabs in the game.

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Discussion

114 comments
savagejoe444
savagejoe444

So from all the comments I've been reading below, people hate CoD because its published by Activision? That... makes no sense.

I still don't understand the hate over CoD.

Fursnake
Fursnake

Activision is gonna wring so much out of SpongeBob he's gonna have to be thrown away and replaced with a brillo pad.

Mabrry
Mabrry

What they should really do is make a game like Simpsons Hit and Run. So much fun lol. I'd play a Spongebob Hit and Run any day.

bgna8980
bgna8980

You cancel a game like sleeping dogs (True Crime Hong Kong) and pick up a Spongebob game. Seriously?

CptJohnnyRico
CptJohnnyRico

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blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

oh activision...you've been drinking again, haven't you?

lx_theo
lx_theo

So... Half Life 3 confirmed?

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

oh activision milking movie licensed games isn't enough for you? 

so nickolodean have to get more shitty by this?

Trail_Mix
Trail_Mix

Yearly Spongebob games confirmed!

lilmcnessy
lilmcnessy

Unfortunatley, I don't see any possible way to make a fun Spongebob game. He only really fits it the hack and slah sorts of games with tonnes of mini games.

con47
con47

As Patrick would say.

We should take Activision and push it somewhere else!

Psycho_Hands
Psycho_Hands

Must Activision steal our childhood as well? 

leandrro
leandrro

oh no! please dont destroy sponge bob! i like him

holtrocks
holtrocks

And not a a single fuck was given that day.

cosades2002
cosades2002

I remember playing Battle for Bikini Bottom about 10 years ago and that game was surprisingly good.

Trender_man
Trender_man

Are you feeling it now, Mr. Krabs?

lifeline81
lifeline81

I don't know if I'm happy or sad by this news. They pretty much ****** Crash Bandicoot up to the point of him being in a coma. However, they did well with the Skylanders games. We have to see how they handle the spongy fry cook.

firehawk998
firehawk998

Always new Mr Krabbs and Bobby Kotick might be related : P 

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

If anyone knows how to make crappy movie and TV show tie-ins it is Activision! Great move guys.

"I 'm ready! I'm ready! I'm ready!"

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

The Patty Wagon. Mr. Krabs uses it for promotional reasons. Let me show you some of its features: Sesame seed finish; steel-belted pickles; grilled leather interior; and under the hood, a fuel-injected French fryer with dual overhead grease traps.

DMND
DMND

1. Fighting game;

2. Huge foam hands;

3. Huge foam headprotectors;

4. BobSponge vs. Sandy at the cover;

5. Profit.

Enforcer246
Enforcer246

That's cool. Always wondered what it'd be like playing a spongebob shooter.

juiceair
juiceair

Everyone knows Patrick is the real star!

WehrmachtBear
WehrmachtBear

"Hey! It's an article about Spongebob on GameSp.. ACTIVISION.

Fuck.

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

In response to the "hey! a new spongebo... Oh wait it's activision":

Not sure if consumers are more informed, or just agreeable.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Perfect timing since there's a new SpongeBob movie coming out and they can make a game for it. -___-

I want a Call of Dutchman game now. 

RC-Sev
RC-Sev

Only played one Activision game. Jedi Academy. Average.

Deadly_Nemesis
Deadly_Nemesis

ooohoho joy a reason to hate this character again.

analogjunkie24
analogjunkie24

Congratulations, Activision! You now own the rights to something that has actually been milked more than your Call of Duty franchise.

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh

Who screws over consumers and devs alike?

AC-TI-VI-SION!

Who steals all your money through shameless rehash?

AC-TI-VI-SION!

If annual releases be something you wish

AC-TI-VI-SION!

Then buy all their games even if they are shit!

AC-TI-VI-SION

AC-TI-VI-SION

AC-TI-VI-SION

AC-TI-VI-SIOOOOOOONNN!

MAXAM999
MAXAM999

The title screams .. I NEED MORE MONEY FROM KIDS !