EA squeals on Godfather date

Legitimate business venture for PS2, Xbox, and PC arrives in North American stores March 21; EA updates status of Xbox 360, PSP editions.

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The wait for the game based on The Godfather has been almost as epic as the movie itself, but Electronic Arts today put a definitive date on the Corleone family's first foray into interactive intimidation.

The PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC editions of The Godfather will arrive in North American stores March 21, with Europe set to receive the don on March 24. While the Xbox 360 and PSP versions won't be shipping alongside the rest of the versions, EA did indicate that both would find their way into stores by the end of 2006.

Based on the original book by Mario Puzo and the accompanying film classic directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather puts players into the shoes of a Mafia foot soldier. As they run various missions in a sprawling re-creation of 1940s New York City, players will rise through the ranks of the Corleone organization and run into familiar characters from the movies as portrayed by the original actors. James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Marlon Brando all signed on to provide voice work for the game, though there's some confusion over how much of the late Brando's work will actually make it into the game.

The Godfather is rated M for Mature and will retail for $49.99.

Discussion

47 comments
Plays_4_Pants
Plays_4_Pants

godfather 3 of games. I will personally go to my nearest video game store and kick people in the shins that even LOOK at this game in interest.

winterblink
winterblink

I love how EA is scheduling their game releases to try to make something of a profit off current-gen machines. They know damn well that if they release them all at the same time like before, nobody's going to bother buying them for current generation hardware. Sounds like a great way to screw EA, actually... only buy the next gen release.

Xanog1
Xanog1

Alright, I'm going to rent this instead of buying. No need for this to end up like "Duke Nukem: Forever".

KindredWarr
KindredWarr

anyone actually wonder... "why.. why make a game out of The Godfather"? Who's fricken idea was it to even make a game based out of this movie? What exec or whomever said "There's a license to milk, the Godfather, it's perfect for a game". There's no denying how great the movie was.. but a game? just what in the hell.. same goes for The Scarface game..

Drachman
Drachman

I'm leery about this one, EA's titles have been getting increasingly worse lately. It seems as if they're just not putting in the effort as they once did.

juanmarcop
juanmarcop

I hope it doesn't suck. More time the better for the XBOX360 version.

dagaboh
dagaboh

Man if Rockstar doesn't make it then it is usually a rent for me. I just finished The Warriors and that was by far the best movie to game transition the world has ever known. In the words of Han Solo...."I got a baaaad feeling about this!"

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Cool. March isn't too far away. I just hope the game doesn't suck.

Hyperblade
Hyperblade

after long wait...lets hope it doesent suck.

chromium42
chromium42

I hate to sound overtly negative, but can anyone recall the last time EA published a truly great game that warranted a $50 purchase price? I admit that I haven't really followed the progress and updates on this game...but I haven't done so simply because EA is involved. The movie is truly a classic and I would love to see a game deserving of the subject matter and title; but with EA's track record I'll remain doubtful until the reviews come out. Please prove me wrong EA, but I'm betting you won't.

dru26
dru26

Hopefully EA will use the 360 delay to add more features. I can't see how it could be a bad game.

frankeyser
frankeyser

i am not looking forward to it so hopefully i will be pleasantly surprised.

Dave_petrucci
Dave_petrucci

Hmmm. Take one of the most masterful movies and turn it into a GTA style sandbox game: Bad Idea. Exploit what little violence there is in the movie: Bad idea. Employ actors that havn't had a job in years with the intention of bringing back their long forgotten characters: Bad idea. Telling people that the half dead Marlon Brando is going to appear in it to rope people into thinking that it'll be authentic: Bad idea. Yeah, this games gonna rock!

paradyme777
paradyme777

Delays for the 360 just keep coming.

jaefrmbk2k
jaefrmbk2k

i got good news and bad news guys: the good news is i know everything, so you can ask me anything and i can give you a definitive answer. the bad news is for all that money and all this hype,The Godfather will indeed suck. 7.1-and that sux more than Denise Brown on Hugh Grant.

247k
247k

Finally!

tatu2004
tatu2004

i don't mind the delay of the 360 version..

PositiveFlow
PositiveFlow

a couple points......swanlord, i don't like EA very much either, but saying they suck cause they're still making games for the current generation is stupid....this generation, in my opinion, still has a lot of life and good games left in it, so i'm not in any hurry to go fully into the next generation......and as far as coppola badmouthing the game, who cares? i'd bet a large sum that he's played, oh, about zero games in his lifetime, let alone anything from ps1 on up.......reguardless, i'm not excited about this game at all.....i'm tired of all the EA big licensed mediocre games....the only sandbox game i'm looking forward to is Crackdown

SLAYERPSP
SLAYERPSP

ill get the pc version cant stand the ugly of the ps2 or xbox anymore i want the 360 one but cant wait intill the end of the year to play it hope the game is m rated ea doesnt make m rated games if it is i beleive its ther first one

monkeyman
monkeyman

It's gonna suck. If you love the movies, I'm sure you'll be disappointed by the game.

ilikeschool
ilikeschool

I think EA will get this one right. Especially after Francis Ford Coppola said that he didn't like how the game looked, I think they went back and made it better. EA has let us down before, but I think they are starting to get their act straight.

kmilo_rws
kmilo_rws

cyprus646: Hopefuly its not a GTA ripoff like that crapfest mafia for the ps2. hey, mafia was great!

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

get ready to be reeeeealllly disappointed people... lest we forget, Catwoman, Goldeneye : Rogue Agent , Timesplitters 3 and a whole raft of other super - hyped super - letdowns. EA stop making mulitplat games, make ONE AT A TIME and then make them good ones !!!!

Yao_ming42390
Yao_ming42390

I'm sorry, but there's just no way a movie like this can be made into a good game. The movie is frickin awesome, but this game is gonna suck. The only reason EA is making it is to make money. That's how they are with every game they make. Notice how every time they make a game, it's on ALL platforms.

suns31
suns31

it doesn't matter when it comes out...monday, tuesday, thursday, wednesday...i just hope it kicks ass

lpcr00ks
lpcr00ks

THis game looks exactly like Mafia, some of the audio is the exact same as MAfia, it looks like it uses the same game engine as well. I was longing for MAfia 2 but this looks like it will be just as good

Viquist
Viquist

Maybe they'll "make us an offer we can't refuse" and it's gonna be really good and you'll feel like you're playing the movie yet watching it for the first time... hey, it could happen

farnes
farnes

looking forward for this one :d

swanlord
swanlord

what the Heck EA sucks those bastards should have the 360 version now......these companies need to stop worring about the old consoles and get it on with new....next gen systems.....EA suckxxx

cyprus646
cyprus646

Hopefuly its not a GTA ripoff like that crapfest mafia for the ps2.

Mit_Man
Mit_Man

Man, another thing for preorder customers to be pissed at. We've been telling them March for all versions -.-

talha_446
talha_446

either its going to be great.. or its going to suck

zoku88
zoku88

Zoku doesn't like squealers. EA is gonna find themselves whacked some day.

davahsa
davahsa

I can't wait for this! Hopefully this will raise the bar for sandbox games. Please don't suck!

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

A ha! I knew it. . . they are still up in the air on the 360 version. But it looks soooo good.

ryanjtravis
ryanjtravis

Wow the end of 2006 for 360... a lot later than I was hoping. Bummer.

xxPantherxx
xxPantherxx

I'm not sure whether this will be great or a flop.... only time can tell

tenorio_rotc
tenorio_rotc

360 and PSP by end of 2006? Man, that sucks. That sucks big time.

cybergooch
cybergooch

maybe it's taking so long 'cause they played it and thought, "man this game sux." Or maybe it was, "Let's not ruin this movie with a cheap ripoff" - no, I guess the current gen versions are coming out. Take it back to formula, Dr. Osborn...back to formula.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

About damn time... can't wait for this game, I love everything Godfather.