EA buries Godfather franchise

Following critical drubbing of latest installment, publisher's Games label president tells LA Times that "we're not going to do another one."

Francis Ford Coppola and Paramount's The Godfather II is widely agreed to be among the best films ever made. However, the same can't be said for EA's second installment in its game adaptation of author Mario Puzo's acclaimed gangster saga. The game's critical lambasting recalled reviews more in line with the third film in the franchise when it debuted on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC earlier this year. The game has fared somewhat better at retail, selling just over 250,000 units in the US as of April 30, according to the NPD Group.

The Don has spoken.

Now, it appears as if EA won't be returning for a third installment in the strategy-cum-action title. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times last week, EA Games president Frank Gibeau said that the Godfather had been fitted with a pair of cement shoes. "We're not going to do another one," he explicitly told the newspaper. Gibeau went on to say that an installment in the Godfather franchise was not part of EA's current production schedule, which the LA Times notes extends three years.

Providing a more nuanced follow-up comment, an EA representative confirmed to the LA Times that no Godfather games are currently in development. "Nothing has been decided as to future sequels," the continued. "Paramount is a great partner."

Establishing players as a newly appointed Don of New York, The Godfather II let gamers handle strategic organizational aspects of the mob, such as establishing and maintaining criminal endeavors and creating a stable of made men. However, the title also included the open-world action gameplay that was central to the original Godfather, which received a positive reception in 2006.

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KGrimm03
KGrimm03

I dont care what anyone says. I liked the First Game didnt beat it. But I have just beaten the Second game and I loved it. I like the idea of hiring your men to help you and taking over businesses. It is a lot of fun and one of my family member said he hates those kinds of games and when I left my house and came back there he was playing it saying wow was I wrong about the game its great. I sure hope they make a 3rd game because it would be really cool. I just wated the 3rd movie again and thought maybe you could play as Vincenzo and have a little romance in the game with Michaels daughter...just a thought

magusat999
magusat999

The problem with the game was not the idea or the concept of making sch a game - movie based or not. It was the way EA made it, and it's a real yellow-bellied, chicken stuff move that EA would just stop even trying to make it right. I played the frst one, and it was good. I wanted a sequel ever since - but EA put their "kiss of death" on it, not to mention hoping it would make them trillions of dollars, and as usual with all but the games that they actually know how to make (sports games) - and where they should stay, BTW - they messed up the game, and instead of blaming themselves for not knowing what the h-e-double-hockey-sticks they were doing they blame the game and shut it down. Be prepared for more of the same - because this big fish has swallowed way too many little fish to care what the individual tastes like. Bye-bye series after series of so-called "under-performing" products...

Malco_Vincenzo
Malco_Vincenzo

@ murrayman50 i'll agree to that statement. but EVERYONE said it sucked.

Microwin
Microwin

@Balaji1212 well said I hope this article sends a message to any company trying to make a game out of a movie... though most likely it won't

murrayman50
murrayman50

You can't really judge a game just because the next guy says it sucks.

Balaji1212
Balaji1212

The Godfather Games were just trying to cash in on the godfather name and the GTA open world formula but unfortunately EA redwood Shores or Visceral Games just couldn't pull it off it was a way over their league,I hope they learn their lessons and stop ripping off,they succeeded with dead space which was RE 4 Rip off and now they are making Dante's Inferno which is a God of war rip off but godfather was so bad i don't see a bright future.

JB2B
JB2B

From crap to crap, from nothing to dust. Will not miss it.

reptar7
reptar7

good movies bad games =(

moo223
moo223

Its not the fan base killing this game. EA needs to stop doing half *ssed rush jobs on there games and quit assuming they know how people like their games. i knew the second they delayed it it was gonna be a flop.

jae_dub
jae_dub

I'm not suprised because I had the first one and it definitely didn't motivate me to get the sequel...they're probably doing the right thing

th3warr1or
th3warr1or

Thank god. EA is like the devil of producers/developers.

redskinStu
redskinStu

Well, you've got to take what critics say with a grain of salt too. Some of them are exclusively pro-Microsoft/anti-Sony, pro Super Smash Bros/anti-anything else. Rather than writing an objective review, they submit an opinion piece about a company, person etc.

Lincvattic
Lincvattic

good. once EA got their hands in it, it was destined to fail. EA being so big, is completely heavy-handed in they way they do business, and there's no better example then the Godfather games.

Grimcicle
Grimcicle

While The Godfather II was generally inferior to the first game, I still enjoyed the gameplay enough to forgive its shortcomings.

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

i guess that it just doesn't have a big enough fan base to support it.

magusat999
magusat999

How weak - don't axe it, sell the IP to someone who knows what to do with it.

thpghalo3
thpghalo3

WHY!!! i got The Godfather II when it came out and i still play it and love it and was hoping that they would make a 3rd but the critics tor the series to shreads and now it's done for. So thanks alot you bad reviewers.

shamarke
shamarke

l hate godfather the game....

vengeance00
vengeance00

@ blaze11987 - dead space was not that good, nothing original in it. EA make very few good games most of it is still meh and when the make sequels to old fanshises (red alert 3) they seem to mess them up somehow.

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

Well the first one was Great 2nd one was just to Buggy and sutch. But i would have liked to see EA redeem themselves with a new one

blaze11987
blaze11987

'Why would anyone buy a game with an EA stamp on it at this point? Every game they've released for a long time now has been total trash' I take it you never played dead space then?

necronaux
necronaux

Never say never. What gives? This article starts "we're not going to do another one." BUT... they further clarify, excuse me, PROVIDED "...a more nuanced follow-up comment, "Nothing has been decided as to future sequels" . So, why is this even news? We've made a decision, that we haven't made any decisions.

deathwish124
deathwish124

The story here should link to Game Rankings or something instead of making it look like GS is the sole authority on game reviews by linking back to itself.

AOldDog
AOldDog

@2611mp : When somebody/thing is first in some field then that somebody/thing is called point of reference and everything that comes before him that resembles it even a little bit gets referred to.

drumbreak1
drumbreak1

i agree i thought it was a good game, not great but good i was addicted to the single player for the time it lasted, got all the achievements :D can't believe they wouldn't even try a third one

tonymafia123
tonymafia123

this sucks no more godfather games thanks to that stupid gamespot reviewr

gerudoman320
gerudoman320

:( I wanted the Godfather III..meh I thought the Godfather series were awesome enough, at least for me

2611mp
2611mp

i dont understand it when people say basically anything that is free roaming is a gta clone. Free roaming crime related is a genre and does not belong to any single solitary game or series. pgr is racing, forza is racing, is one a clone of the other? no.

Deviant_Stain
Deviant_Stain

The last game wasn't very good but it's a shame they arn't going to do anymore :(

GBPackersrule
GBPackersrule

"Smar move, 'cause these games stunk" You can't even spell smart, so your opinion does not matter.

Darkness7089
Darkness7089

Why would anyone buy a game with an EA stamp on it at this point? Every game they've released for a long time now has been total trash, games like this that are rushed to the shelves and, to put it short, simply not even close to being finished. Command and Conquer seems to be the only thing they put effort into, and even Tiberian wars/Kane's Wrath are a disgrace in my opinion. I played those and played/reviewed Conquest, it's time to put my torment to an end and finally just avoid EA before I kill myself from pain. I have no courage or life left in me to try this game or Red Alert 3. As for the previous people thinking this mafia genre sucks, it does not, they just didn't do it right. It's the same with Conquest, if a company that cared or finished it had it instead it could have gotten a 9. Don't blame the genre for a game's failure, blame the company that released it unfinished.

GBPackersrule
GBPackersrule

As a major mafia genre fan, I have always loved The Godfather. The first game was great, and it faithfully adapted you into the plot of the greatest movie of all time. Then in 2009, I (with much allusion) pre-ordered The Godfather II. WHAT THE HELL?!!! What was EA thinking?! The game had nothing in common with the movie, and they just focused on the piss poor Don's View. I happily traded that garbage in. Having pissed $60 right down the drain, I have been at War with EA ever since. I was glad to hear this, after they botched The Godfather II. What's next EA? Do you plan to screw up Goodfellas too?!

aurora_born_93
aurora_born_93

Big surprise, EA pulling the plug on a franchise that doesn't work... Do you see SEGA??!!! This is how you do it. I think it's a good time to let another failing franchise to die (Sonic).

Alex_09
Alex_09

Yeah I am glad they finally put this to rest. I am not one of those Mafia trolls/fanboys, and I hoped the problems in the first could be fixed in the second, but these games are way too broken.

maverick_76
maverick_76

I have not played it yet but heard it was full of bugs and glitches.

DaDaWgMaN
DaDaWgMaN

It seems to me that EA is the type of company that has great ideas on how to ruin their game catalog. You have a great game and then the sequel finds each and everything that can possibly be done to mess up the game. I am in awe.

d_ano
d_ano

awww what. i dont care what anyone says i thought godfather 2 was a great old game. no gta but it was kinda like it but a bit different. they should only stop making it if sales suck

zakkerr
zakkerr

lulz. good, the games were never that good in the first place. now EA can spend more money on make other mediocre titles! WOOOOOO!

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

thank god they didnt buy take two. this would of been your next gta

frogiggy323
frogiggy323

I wish other companies would take this as an example.

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

well its not as if I didnt see this coming. I had hope for Godfather when i first heard about the first game, I loved the movies and I thought that in the right hands it could be made into a good game... boy was I wrong. when i saw the semi-cartoony feel of the first game, with color coded generic gangs I knew that the franchise was destined to fail. All hope is not lost though, hopefully Mafia 2 will give us the sorta game we have always wanted.

ShadowScampi
ShadowScampi

thanks...i couldnt take another mediocre gta clone

alsephV2
alsephV2

Well Godfather part III should have never been created as a film so I'm glad there's no potential of a third godfather game

blakeney
blakeney

Im acually rather pleased too see this from EA, im sure most of us remember what EA were like back in 99-02 period when it seemed that EA wanted to rule the gaming world and ruin it for all with bigmoney titles that have no depth. Luckily our world is'nt infested with asmany fools as others and EA had to change thier take on gaming and buisness format. The old EA wouldnt have killed this off....its the godfather after all, they wouldve brought out a 3rd even worse game that wouldve sold anyway because of the name!