The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay - Developer's Cut

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A Vivendi Games UK representative has told that "everything was going to plan" with the recently dropped Ghostbusters game, and confirmed efforts to put it, along with other dropped titles, out to tender.

Overnight Activision Blizzard confirmed releases for Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant, The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and an Ice Age sequel. There were also references to Prototype and an unannounced title.

Mike Griffith, CEO of Activision Publishing said: "We have conducted a thorough review of Vivendi Games' brand portfolio and are retaining those franchises and titles that are a strong fit with our long-term product strategy. We are reviewing our options regarding those titles that we will not be publishing."

Titles absent from its schedule include Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Brutal Legend, 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, World in Conflict and Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena.

Speaking to this morning a representative confirmed: "The only titles that we're currently dealing with are Crash, Spyro, Prototype and this other (unannounced) title." Regarding these titles we were told: "It's business as usual."

However, there is still hope that the dropped games will eventually make it to store shelves. When asked if the titles absent from its release schedule were being put out to tender, we were told: "That's the indication, yeah." That means Activision is trying to find new publishers for the games.

The news regarding Ghostbusters is particularly surprising considering it was planned for release this autumn. Regarding the title the Vivendi rep said: "We haven't seen it for a little while. We had expected things to be progressing. Obviously with this it was being decided right up to the last minute. As far as I know everything was going to plan. We haven't been given any reasoning for it."

We'll bring you more on the future of the dropped games as and when we get it. For now, our thoughts are with the staff at Vivendi Games and the developers of the titles now without a publisher.

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Well this is one of the Smartest moves ever made. Drop one of the Hottest E3 titles. Yeah, brillant. Ghostbusters was looking amazong and solid too. This is BS.
Posted 18:54 on 29 July 2008
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Chronicles of Riddick.... I mean Escape from Butcher's Bay was god damn brillant, and hard in some parts. To see that game not being worked on is a major blow, hopefully there would be a company to take on the role. I would have 2k the team behind Bioshock to do Chronicles of Riddick, be so much better and the suspense like Bioshock.
Posted 14:16 on 29 July 2008
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and yet the intellegent decisions these game companies continue to make; never stop amazing me! im sure the next mummy game is gonna be a big winner just like the first one was, after all it must of sold at least a few hundred..but the ghostbusters would never gain a profit; smart thinking activision. keep making those millions..... lol
Posted 12:50 on 29 July 2008

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Release Date: 10/12/2004
Developer: Starbreeze
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 16+
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