Revealed last week, with the merger between Activision and Vivendi Games complete, several titles that were to be published by Vivendi's subsidiary games publisher Sierra, are to be left in limbo without a publisher.
These include Ghostbusters: The Video Game (PC/X360/PS3 by Terminal Reality and Wii/PS2/DS by Red Fly) Brutal Legend (X360/PS3, by Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions - responsible for the critically acclaimed Psychonauts) Wet (X360/PS3, by A2M) World in Conflict: Soviet Assault (PC/X360/PS3, Massive Entertainment and Swordfish Studios) Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (X360/PS3, Starbreeze Studios - a remake of the critically acclaimed Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay) 50 Cent: Blood in the Sand (X360/PS3, Swordfish Studios) Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (PC/X360/PS3)
Brutal Legend and Ghostbusters have been confirmed to be still in development. Variety's videogames reporter and reviews editor Ben Frit confirmed with Sony Pictures that Ghostbusters will be delayed to 2009, because they're using this opportunity to tailor the game's marketing to fit in with the original film's 25th anniversary next year.
Activision Blizzard have decided to retain the following IPs: Crash Bandicoot, Spyro The Dragon and Ice Age franchises; in addition to the sandbox destruction game Prototype and another new IP that's yet to be announced.
Whilst Blizzard will remain completely intact, Vivendi's other in-house studios - High Moon Studios, Massive Entertainment, Radical Entertainment and Swordfish Studios - are expected to see restructuring.
Whilst this writer is happy that Brutal Legend and Ghostbusters are still on the cards, there's still concern for the fates of other promising titles:- the Riddick remake, the World in Conflict expansion and Wet.