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Activision Streamlines Vivendi Operations, Drops Big Titles

When a publisher decides to "streamline" operations, this invariably means certain games will be cut from the project plan. Activision has announced they will be streamlining its Vivendi Games operations, and they'll be embracing five of the company's biggest names- Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot, Prototype, Ice Age, and one currently unannounced title.

However, this means that a bunch of titles are going to be left out in the cold. An Activision representative confirmed with GameSpot that the aforementioned games would be the only titles the publisher will produce, which means there are big ol' question marks surrounding some very promising next-gen projects. This includes Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, Brutal Legend, and Ghostbusters. All you Tim Schafer fans out there are worried about Brutal Legend, and according to early preview information, Ghostbusters was shaping up nicely. But now...

"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," said the representative. "We are reviewing our options regarding those titles that we will not be publishing."

So before you start to cry, bear in mind that games like Brutal Legend simply need another publisher. When this news first broke, several sources reported that Ghostbusters had been canceled as a result of this Vivendi streamlining, but since then, Sierra Games confirmed to GameSpot that the game is still a go. Activision does have other publishing options under its umbrella; titles like Brutal Legend don't have to be published by Vivendi, you know. However, it does generate a bit of a snag, and we're hoping that certain big-name titles find a new home quickly.

7/29/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (7 posts)

Odd Child
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 2:11:45 PM
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Ghostbusters looks awesome, Hear they were using the original actors from the movie, or maybe that was something else.

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Daedusian
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 10:15:38 PM

Yeah they are using the GB cast for voices in the game. I really hope the game isn't cut, I'm still looking forward to it.

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Reccaman18
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 2:34:10 PM
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They better not cancel Ghost Busters! And yes, Odd Child, they were using the original cast. Not only for voice acting, but for the script as well. Dan Ackroid (I think that's how you spell it?) is one funny guy. I cant wait for this game, unless those bastards have canned it! (Pardon my french)

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JPBooch
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 3:00:14 PM
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I dont think they are going to can a game that has gotten great preview articles and listed as one of the top 10 games to get this year by one of the gaming magazines(forgot which one). Not to mention that its almost done in production.

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The_Vandelizer
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 5:29:34 PM
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yea and the PS3 is the lead platform... so thats good news!

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Minishmaru
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 5:34:47 PM
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yeah...thats a stupid move to drop some potential games for dead franchises...well not dead..but you know what i mean

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RebelExtrm02
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 7:00:42 PM

I was about to say... I've been dieing for a new Spyro and a next gen Crash. I would buy the a new Spyro hands down, sight unseen, whereas something as dated as Ghostbusters I might rent, but probably not. I'm just not into the whole old movie into a new game thing.

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