Brutal Legend, Ghostbusters, more dropped by Activision

Publisher passes on a slew of Vivendi Games' in-development titles; 50 Cent, World in Conflict: Soviet Assault, Wet also affected.

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Earlier today, Activision Publishing announced a streamlining of its Vivendi Games operations, saying it would be bringing into the fold five of that company's franchises: Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Ice Age, Prototype, and one unannounced game.

An Activision representative later confirmed for GameSpot that those would be the only Vivendi Games franchises coming out of the publisher. That leaves a number of high-profile projects in limbo, including Double Fine Productions' Brutal Legend, as well as Wet, Ghostbusters, Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, World at Conflict: Soviet Assault, 50 Cent Blood on the Sand, Zombie Wranglers, Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust, plus several Xbox Live Arcade titles.

"The only franchises that Activision Publishing will release are based on Crash Bandicoot, Ice Age and Spyro, as well as Prototype, and one other game that has not yet been announced," the representative said. "We are reviewing our options regarding those titles that we will not be publishing."

Activision Blizzard has other publishing arms like Blizzard Entertainment and Activision Value that were not covered by the press release and could be among the options being reviewed. As of press time, representatives from those companies did not return requests for comment.

A scheduled Comic-Con International panel on the Ghostbusters game was abruptly cancelled last week, with no explanation given to attendees. However, the game was on the show floor in playable form.

[UPDATE]: A Sierra Games representative told GameSpot he couldn't speak about all the titles on the list in need of a publisher, but stressed that Ghostbusters is not canceled.

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jadeninja

Crash! Spyro? Ice Age!? They keep the crap and lose Brutal Legend and World At Conflict, common-sense is no longer relevant.

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Vorodor21

Well let's look at the bright side of this...hopefully 50 cent's garbage never sees the light of day.

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9mmSpliff

yeah lets take on crash bandicoot and drop World in Conflict. Thats makes sense

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mahoney23

why would they want to keep crash and spryro and yet drop some thing as good as Wet or Bruital Legend. Man what ideots, who even plays crash games any more!

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jasonmperry70

MadParadox, game companies do this all the time. It costs a lot less to work on an existing Intellectual Property than to develop a brand new one.

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Generic_Dude

Whew... at least Ghostbusters isn't cancelled. I never get tired of that picture of Stay Puft they keep throwing up there.

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anamnawshad

Damn u Activision! :evil:

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MadParadox

i dont understand what r they thinking... making more games of a dying sequel rather than making new ones...

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jasonmperry70

Looks like there's gonna be a few more scraps for EA to pick off of Vivendi/Activision's carcass.

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darobinson67

alot of people r going to be mad if ghostbusters gets pushed because of this

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goeatfood

They're going for Spyro and Ice Age instead of two of the most promising games currently in develepment across the entire industry? What the hell, people?

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devildog19

Why keep trash like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro and Ice Age in the works? Personally, I'd like to see some new titles over the same rehashed garbage.

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xbox360progamer

i honest think this game is going to be a waste and i think its going to suck... sorry..

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doolindesperado

Ghostbusters better not be canceled! That game looked awsome; I mean did'nt we all want to be Ghostbusters when we were kids?

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Jigsaw9798

@Rect_Pola Why would Brutal Legend be their unannounced project when they announced their dropping their role as publisher.

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cooldude03

I guess Activision is counting on WOW to pay the bills. I want Riddick. I sure hope Activision comes to their senses. I hope they don't own the rights to those games, another publisher would be more than happy to pick up most of those franchises.

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bannermanner

I hope Spyro, Ice Age, and Crash tank horribly, while Brutal Legend, Ghostbusters, the remade Riddick, and the new World in Conflict make bank. Anything to punish Activision's lack of faith in quality developers.

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keyser27

And people think EA is awful... Activision remains the WORST company in gaming. They only want games they can release sequels for ad infinitum on a yearly(-ish) basis. Ghostbusters looks AWESOME. I am no fan of EA, but I'd love to see them pick it up and sell 10 million copies and rub it in Activision's sorry face.

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RaiKageRyu

Ice Age as in the digital movie? That was so long ago.

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shiftysim

So they're leaving Riddick, Brutal Legend, and Ghostbusters in limbo for......SPYRO?! .....Oh sorry.....SPYRO AND ICE AGE?!!!! WTF?!!

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km1498

Hopefully someone will pick some of these up, brutal legend and Ghostbusters especially.

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Rect_Pola

Brutal Legend better be their unannounced project. Everyone on the planet says they love his work, but every game he works on is always punted around from go/no go/this publisher/that publisher.

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TimmonsP

thats good, this article has been updated to show ghostbusters isn't cancelled, GS perhaps edit the title of the article now because there will still be some people who will jump to conclusions by reading the title only and not reading the update at the end of it.

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bubnux

[UPDATE]: "A Sierra Games representative told GameSpot...but stressed that Ghostbusters is not canceled." Thank god.

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Danthegamingman

Someone needs to pick up Ghostbusters and Brutal Legend. They might make good exclusives to either of the console platforms.

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TheGTAvaccine

This is bull.

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Paul_TheGreat

Stupid Activision.

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runstalker

Guys, be realistic. Those games won't be canned. They're all deep into production. Activision will assign a couple of them to other divisions and the others will be sold to another publisher, but they aren't being eliminated.

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ronniepage588

damn dude i JUST WANT A NEW RIDDICK GAME NOW!!!!! who cares about ghost busters, spyro etc etc etc. the only game they mention that we know would be excellent is a Riddick sequel.

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makemeweak

I hate Activision...

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Ubersj

Thank you jesus. Thank you Sierra games represntative. that game is just too far along, just too good to be true type thing tp be snatched away from us at the last minute.

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NND1

WTF ---no GHOSTBUSTERS??????? ----- W -- T -- F..........................

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Adam_the_Nerd

Ghostbusters better not be cancelled!

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BraindeadRacr

Dammit, I was looking forward to Soviet Assault. Sounded like a promising expansion pack.

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chrisbrookscool

wtf I was waiting for Ghostbusters, 50 Cent Blood on the Sand and even Lesisure Suit Larry......y r they leavin these games in limbo? and y r they even comin out with Ice Age I already no thats going 2 b a failure

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otanikun

Ghostbusters should be fun, Brutal Legend I'm not too sure of and as for Wet; I'm interested to see how that'll play when more is available. And as for 50cent, such as the failure of the first game, why make a second? Perhaps I'll pick this up in the bargain bin a couple weeks after it's release.

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Jason_Morris

Brutal Legend? This will displease the Gods of Heavy Metal, they have made a foolish mistake, indeed.

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prdroog

Okay...It's cool if al the other games are released, but they should still cancel Ghostbusters.

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Cobra5

Brutal legend needs a new publisher...

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hungfar

Is it me or have Activision and EA switched places? I thought EA was the company that stifled creativity, pooped out the same tired games each year and never took any chances. Guess I was wrong.

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io7

Eureka! But i think they reinstalled Ghostbusters cuz of the noise we made. YAY US!

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wmgk

If world in conflict soviet assault is cancled i hope it is not but won't sierra publish wic if activision passes unless swordfish stoudios is making it for the ps3 {btw it is world IN conflict not world at conflict}

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Twiztid-Maddox

all I really care about is Brutal Legend...

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DontEatCream

If Act-Blizz is going to sell off all these franchises, can't another publisher pick 'em up on the cheap? If so, some of these games might find a new home. I don't want to see World in Conflict end, nor Chronicles of Riddick.

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Sandman100

They should really keep the games that some people have spent a few years working on like Ghostbusters, Dark Athen, Wet. The rest are crap but I'm glad there still doing prototype. What is the unannounced game it must be good if they want to keep it and get rid of the rest.

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OrkHammer007

Yep... welcome to Activision EA, guys! You're FIRED!!!

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xxxMoreBeerxxx

I will buy 2 games of Brutal Legend when it hopefully gets released. F$%^ off Activision!

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ajac

thank god ghostbusters isnt being cancled after all!

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NinjaiOfDeath

WTF?! BRUTAL LEGEND! It was going to be awesome. I will destroy.