According to GamesIndustry, Activision is “realigning” staff and “reviewing [their] options regarding those titles that [they] will not be publishing”. Basically, Activision-Blizzard has submitted its release schedule without any mention of Ghostbusters, Terminal Reality, 50: Cent’s Blood on the Sandwich (cool) and Brutal Legend.
Staff at High Moon Studios and Radical Entertainment are being realigned, while the good folk at Massive Entertainment and Swordfish are wondering whether their studios will be sold, or worse, closed. Activision’s CEO Mike Griffith also declared Vivendi Games Mobile and Sierra Online as “non-strategic business units”.
“We are focused on improving efficiency across the combined organisation and are concentrating on businesses where we have leadership positions that are aligned with Activision Publishing’s long-term corporate objectives,” he said in a statement.
“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.”
Thankfully, fluff like Crash Bandicoot and Ice Age are still planned for release, alongside The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. “We are very excited to add such recognisable and successful brands as Crash Bandicoot, Ice Age and Spyro, which reinforce our leadership position in movie-based and family entertainment video games,” said Griffith.
Update: Destructoid have done the unthinkable and actually asked the Sierra PR team. “It is not cancelled and will not be cancelled,” said Mr PR. We’ll hopefully hear more later today.