EA: We're Not Doing Another Godfather
Giant publishers like EA don't like it when games only achieve mediocre sales numbers, which is probably why you won't be seeing any more Godfather titles in the near future.
According to the L.A. Times, EA president Frank Gibeau said that after finishing The Godfather II (which released in April), the company is done making such games. "We're not going to do another one," he said simply. He went further to say that no such project is on their radar for the current production schedule, and that goes for three years. However, partner Paramount doesn't seem to be aware of this as a spokesperson replied that "plans for the next Godfather game have not been decided." EA then came back and re-clarified and...well, at this point, we're gonna have to go with EA's comments on this one. The last sequel sold only 241,000 units in the US and EA has passed on major licenses in the past few years; "James Bond" and "Lord of the Rings" have disappeared, although EA still retains the rights to both "Jason Bourne" and "Harry Potter." But Gibeau said that "the bloom is really off the rose for licensed games," which seems to be an accurate statement if one considers the relevant sales numbers. As far as Godfather is concerned, it always labored in the shadow of Grand Theft Auto and even Saints Row, but EA's efforts really were decent.
Anyway, we'll see if EA cuts another major license loose and if they do, we'll let you know if another publisher picks it up...
Related Game(s): The Godfather II
6/6/2009 Ben Dutka