The Godfather on his way to stores

Long-awaited shipping of uncharacteristic M-rated game from Electronic Arts boosts publisher's stocks in early trading.

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After a development nearly as epic as the film on which it's based, Electronic Arts' The Godfather has shipped to stores for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC, the publisher announced today. It joins TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, Black, and Def Jam: Fight for New York as atypical M-rated offerings in the publisher's console catalog.

A little over two years ago, Electronic Arts announced that it was working on the game, but then it went mum until February 2005, when it made public the participation of original The Godfather cast members in the project, including James Caan, Robert Duvall, and the then recently deceased Marlon Brando.

The momentum of that announcement was not to last long, however, as the months that followed saw the original film's director, Francis Ford Coppola, publicly slam the project, saw rumors that Brando's voice work for the game was unusable, and saw a delay that kneecapped EA stock.

Investors are apparently quite relieved to see EA's game hit the streets, as the company's stock was trading up $2.19 at press time, making up much of the $2.87 one-day drop it experienced after the delay was made public.

The Godfather is rated M for Mature and retails for $39.99 for the Xbox, PS2, and PC. PSP and Xbox 360 versions are scheduled to follow later this year. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's full review.

Discussion

24 comments
NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Well that's an offer I can't refuse... gonna go buy it this week.

Unassigned
Unassigned

Finally!! A game with NO nasty hip-hop tracks. THANK YOU!!

Theman3788
Theman3788

thats odd... my stores recieved it yesterday, which means that it had to have shipped 2 to 3 days ago....

thefjk
thefjk

?? another wierd game...!

41789
41789

I can't wait to play it. I hope it's good. Have any of you guys played it?

Wheeoh
Wheeoh

Actually - the main reason of EA's stock rising today is because of an upgrade by Merrill Lynch.

ufopuller
ufopuller

Ya or he sleeps with the fishes

Mit_Man
Mit_Man

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Reetesh
Reetesh

I thought that after all the Hype it wuld turn out to be like just some other BAD game but Yeah It got a 8.1 Atleast its "GREAT" unlike all other Movie Tie ins

-Gamebyte-
-Gamebyte-

Well i hope it's just gonna be a good game, but i will test it first before i buy it.

4esth
4esth

people who call other people "fanboys" are the lame ones

SOB101
SOB101

fore_runner, It will have better graphics not a totally diff. game. -.- and PSP gotta fix the controls.

xplics
xplics

fore_runner great fanboy comment, you have yet to even hear about what may be different in the next generation versions (if ANYTHING for all we know), yet you claim the current gen versions are lacking. Fanboys are getting lammer it seems.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

THats cool but not a game for me.But hope it will be fun.Maybe a rent but not a buy.

SaintSadistic
SaintSadistic

The "on his way" title is a figure of speech, or something or another. But yeah the game looks interesting.

fore_runner
fore_runner

So as Xbox 360 gamers are picking up their Oblivion, they will see everyone else getting a copy of The Godfather.

fore_runner
fore_runner

I will just wait for the Next-Gen versions...it will probably be a totally different game.

frankeyser
frankeyser

i think that i am going to pick this up.

azad_champ
azad_champ

isn`t it supposed to be "on its way"