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Atari confirms multiplatform Ghostbusters release for US

Wednesday, 6th May 2009 16:19 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Atari president Jim Wilson has confirmed that Ghostbusters will release on multiplatforms in the US come June, and that Sony will only publish the PlayStation versions in PAL regions.

“The Sony Computer Entertainment partnership is exclusive to Europe, Atari is going to be publishing on all platforms in the US on June 16,” Wilson told GI.biz.

“We assessed the situation of the Ghostbusters franchise in Europe and saw that a united partnership with Sony was the best approach to maximise the long-term value of the franchise.

“We have an opportunity here to have first-party support behind such a significant franchise and the opportunity to then go back and publish the other SKUs later on.”

The release on other formats will not depend on how well the Sony versions sell, and that Atari would make “an announcement sometime soon on the status of those platforms but we would expect them to go out later this year.”

Sony revealed earlier today that it was to publish the PlayStation SKUs of the game in PAL regions in June.

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  1. Blerk

    Possibly a savvy deal from Sony there, for a change. If a little cuntish.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Seraphemz

    Well then..good news for the US 360 owners..

    #2 5 years ago
  3. No_PUDding

    Why’s that?

    What have I not read or misunderstood?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. deftangel

    Presumably this is a timed exclusive just in PAL land then, kind of like the original Rock Band was for the 360.

    I’m not sure why SCEE would see this as having an impact in the grand scheme of things in the PS3′s strongest territory. It’s not going to push hardware, slower time of year etc.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    That is so, freaking, weird.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Goliath

    If this game turns out to be another mediocre licenced title, Atari and Sony will have egg on their faces. There is now a sought off negativity and confusion attached to this game’s release, given the short release window. What happens now to Xbox 360 and Wii owners in Europe and Australasia who were anticipating the game’s release?! This was a poor decision made at a terrible time.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Seraphemz

    “Ghostbusters will release on multiplatforms in the US come June” Good new for US 360 owners because they get to play it on June 16th, PAL 360 have to wait till…who knows.

    Goliath –
    do you really think that SONY cares about how 360 owners feel about this? Really? They care about PS3 owners. You werent going to get it for the PS3 by the sound of it so why should SONY care?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. 2Three

    @ Goliath

    “If this game turns out to be another mediocre licenced title…”

    I have a feeling that’s exactly what it’s going to be.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Seraphemz

    @2Three – sure, now that its not coming out for the 360 in PAL right?

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Psychotext

    @Seraphemz: Atari might. Licensed games have a habit of sinking without a trace when they’re not released close enough to their film.

    I’d wager Sony have compensated them appropriately though.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Goliath

    @Seraphemz
    My unsettled feelings aren’t with Sony. What I question is the timing so close to the game’s release window and the negative backlash. The game was to be released in a month. It would seem to me there is a lot more to lose than is to be gained by this partnership for Atari.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Seraphemz

    If they really stand to lose something, dont you think that THEY would not do it? I mean they probably know more about whats to gain or lose than any of us.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    Of course they’d do it, if the money is right. Same for any third party exclusive (time limited or not).

    Realistically they can only guess at what impact this decision may or may not have. That’s risk for you.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Goliath

    @ Psychotext

    Agree whole heartedly with everything you said.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. David

    I was looking forward to playing this on my 360 now I can’t and probably wont bother with it if it came out later.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. anasui

    good news, which will be properly translated into massive disappointment once game’s out. Can’t wait.

    #16 5 years ago