Well, it seems that my usual unbridled optimism
has proven incredibly misguided. As Nappi pointed out in his comment to the previous post, Gamespot has posted an update
on the Activision/Vivendi situation, and it is unfortunately not good:
"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."
This leaves Brütal Legend
without a publisher, and in an uncertain situation at the moment, as far as I'd know. Let's hope this news isn't as bad as it seems, and that Double Fine will have little trouble finding a new publisher for this game.
:~Update by Tingler:
Sierra have given a quote to gaming blog Destructoid
about the Ghostbusters
game, which reads simply:
"It is not cancelled and will not be cancelled."
They sound very sure of that. This means that there's definitely hope for all the other games, including The Rockin' Game Brütal Legend
. Don't lose hope yet!Update #2 by Jason
: "Brütal Legend is fine," says DFAN
.Update #3 by Thrik:
Variety has provided some more details
which imply that Brutal Legend has
been completely dropped by Activision Blizzard, and not simply forgotten about or sold under another Activision Blizzard brand as many have speculated:
"Double Fine ... is very close to sealing a new deal to release the game. I don't know who it will be, but I understand that it may not be a traditional publisher. It could be a more "unique" arrangement."
That's all we've got, but I'm going to go ahead and guess that digital distribution is on the cards here. The most likely candidate would be Valve's Steam
, which has been burning off plenty of copies of Psychonauts for some time now.
Hopefully an actual in-store release will still occur though, because clearly this is a big game that deserves more than to be exclusively distributed via downloads.