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Sony press releases Ghostbusters capture

Wednesday, 6th May 2009 10:45 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Sony just confirmed by press release that it’s to publish the PlayStation platform versions of Ghostbusters in PAL territories.

The PS3 and PS2 SKUs will hit in June. The PSP outing will follow in the “autumn”.

Atari told us this morning that the DS, Wii and 360 versions will follow later in the year.

Get the full thing after the break.

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? PLAYSTATION®!

SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT EUROPE TO PUBLISH ‘GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME’ ON PLAYSTATION® 3, PLAYSTATION® 2 AND PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) IN EUROPE AND PAL REGIONS

- Eagerly Anticipated Software Releasing Exclusively on Two PlayStation Platforms in June for the 25th Anniversary of Original Hit Movie –

– Original Cast of the Hit Movie Come Back Together to Do Battle With the Supernatural on the Streets of Manhattan -

- PSP Version Coming Autumn 2009 -

LONDON, UK – 6th May 2009 – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) , Sony Pictures Consumer Products, and Atari Europe today announced that Ghostbusters: The Video Game for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) and PlayStation®2 is to be published in PAL territories by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe in June, meaning that owners of PS3 and PlayStation 2 will get their hands on the game that reunites the cast of the hit movies. To mark the 25th anniversary of the well-loved franchise, the game will launch in coordination with the Blu-ray™ release of the original hit movie and licensing programs from Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. Ghostbusters: The Video Game will launch in Europe and PAL regions on June 19th 2009 exclusively for PS3 and PlayStation 2.

“We’re committed to bringing the PlayStation family the biggest and best gaming experiences first,” says Mark Hardy, European Product Marketing Director at SCEE, “and it doesn’t get any bigger and better than this blockbuster title. This summer, PlayStation owners will be the first to grab their proton packs and fight the spirit world. We’d like to wish them the best of luck in their ghostbusting endeavours and, of course, to remind them not to cross the streams!”

“With our colleagues at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe publishing Ghostbusters: The Video Game, we are thrilled by the dynamic new Ghostbusters game. We think it will have tremendous appeal to gamers and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this beloved franchise.” said Mark Caplan, Vice President of Licensing-Interactive for Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. “With this superb game launching alongside the Blu-ray release, we will reach existing fans and the next generation, bringing them all into the irresistible Ghostbusters universe.”

“Atari is committed to maximizing the launch of the Ghostbusters videogame across Europe,” Said Jim Wilson, VP Worldwide Marketing, Atari. “In partnership with both Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Inc and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, we have a unique opportunity to add new game products and expand marketing opportunities to reach Ghostbusters fans in Europe.”

In Ghostbusters: The Video Game, players can grab a proton pack and turn their ghostbusting fantasies into reality as the new recruit to the Ghostbusters team in a story set two years after the Ghostbusters 2 movie. Once again, the city of Manhattan has been overrun with ghouls, ghosts and all things foul – and it’s down to the Ghostbusters team to capture them all and regain control.

The game has been written by original Ghostbusters writers Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd and reunites members of the original cast for the first time in 20 years. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson lend their voices and in-game likenesses to the game, which also features performances from favourites including William Atherton (Walter Peck), Annie Potts (Janine) and Brian Doyle-Murray (Mayor Jock Mulligan).

Developed by Terminal Reality and Red Fly Studios Ghostbusters: The Video Game will arrive on PS3 and PS2 this June. PSP version of the game is scheduled for launch in autumn 2009. To find out more, visit eu.playstation.com.

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  1. Blerk

    Wait! This is a Europe-only deal?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Looks like it. They’ve just announced it at an Australian Sony event.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Well that’s a bit shit. I wonder if Atari will leave the region locking off the US 360 version? :-D

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    :P

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Actually the most annoying thing about the deal is that the other versions have to wait until after the bloody PSP version which they only just thought of and nobody will fucking buy anyway.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. G1GAHURTZ

    This still doesn’t explain what’s happening to the PAL 360 version.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Patrick Garratt

    It’ll release later this year.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. G1GAHURTZ

    When??

    The 31st of December!?

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Robo_1

    I wonder how much this decision was Atari scraping for funds, and how much of an indication it is of Mike Hardy’s change of business plan for Sony Europe.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. G1GAHURTZ

    Man!!

    Just when I decide I’m not going to say anything negative about Sony… They go and do something more annoying than all the rest of the stuff that made me not like them in the first place!

    /grumbles to self

    #10 5 years ago
  11. NiceFellow

    Interesting to note lots of defense of 360 timed exclusives or exclusive Fallout 3 DLC then grumbling when timed exclusivity is on the other foot.

    Apart from the movie link, as mentioned for sync’d release with the game, I really can’t see why Sony would be so fussed to have timed exclusivity on this. Maybe their demographic researchers know something I don’t.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Blerk

    Timed exclusives are always crap, no matter who does them. Region-specific exclusives are just dickish.

    If you’re going to pay for an exclusive, fine – pay for an exclusive. Don’t do some farty-arsed half-way thing just so you can scream ‘exclusive’ as loud as you can while mumbling the half-dozen reasons why it isn’t actually exclusive under your breath in the small print.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Gekidami

    You mean that they’re doing exactly what Microsoft have been doing for years Giga?
    Odd though, far as i know this is the first 3rd party title Sony will publish.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Blerk

    It does seem slightly odd that they’re publishing it themselves. Timed exclusives usually still appear on the original label.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Psychotext

    More power to them. Given Sony own the rights to the film anyway I’m surprised this wasn’t exclusive from the start.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. G1GAHURTZ

    @ Gekidami

    But it’s Ghostbusters… and it was so close!

    I wouldn’t mind if it was always supposed to be an exclusive, but it was supposed to be coming out next month, and I was really looking forward to it.

    Now it looks like they’re just going to sit on it instead of releasing it, which is even more irritating… But even worse than that is that it will probably get released close to November/Decemeber, in which case I’ll be too busy playing you-know-what and will just sit there looking at an unopened Ghostbusters box feeling sad…

    /feels even more upset now.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Retroid

    I think it’s also to do with this being such a last-minute deal. The GTA4 & Fallout 3 DLCs were just that – the DLC – and was known about for quite a while in advance. The PS3 didn’t have its versions of them pulled out from under than around a month before release, were they?

    It’s all a bit odd, especially it being a Euro-only deal.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. No_PUDding

    The only thing I find funny is GAF reactions.

    You can tell who’s butthurt:

    “we’ve lost final fantasy 13/Tekken/a third of fallout 3/kittens/etc, but won the war with a 3 month exclusive on GHOSTBUSTERS: THE GAME!!!!”

    You can tell who’s a member of the SDF: Actually no quotes needed that’s the neoGAF thread starter. He dreams Sony.

    And then there’s people who can write the truth so much better than I:

    “One side trying to decry Sony for moneyhatting an exclusive while they’ve defended Microsoft doing the same, while the other tries to find a way to express their boundless glee about getting an exclusive – yet needing to express that without admitting Sony bought an exclusive.

    It’s all sorts of wrong, but it’s a ‘two can play at that game’ situation.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Whizzo

    Considering how long it’s been for another good Ghostbusters game, which this hopefully is, I don’t think a handful of months is really going to bother me too much.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. monkeyman

    Woohoooo! SONY RULES!!!! :)

    #20 5 years ago
  21. No_PUDding

    ^ It’s not often the Sony camp gets to celebrate something quite so inane.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. ElfShotTheFood

    Surely it couldn’t have anything to do with Sony owning the movie studio that produced the film?

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Blerk

    Didn’t seem to help them with Spiderman. Or James Bond.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Prof Power Glove

    This is just oddness.

    The entire thing stinks of strange – I think we can only blame Philly Harrison for this uniquely strange agreement between Sony and Atari. As Geki mentioned, this appears to be the 1st, 3rd party game Sony are publishing.

    And didn’t Activision can this game a while back? Some powerful games illuminati spectres have clearly invested in this game. ;)

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Shatner

    Anyone remember when Microsoft secured Shenmue 2 for the original Xbox and then announced that Shenmue 2 was cancelled for Dreamcast in the USA?

    No? Just me then? Thought so. :)

    Given that Ghostbusters is a Sony owned property, that it’s the 25th anniversary and that there’s been noise about this game effectively being thought of as Ghostbusters 3 it’s possible that there’s going to be a big general Ghostbusters wave of PR and stuff and perhaps SCEE found a cost-effective way of riding the crest of it.

    It doesn’t matter though does it? The Wii version will probably sell the most given the age of the licence and the overlap with the Wii demographic.

    But, yes, the hypocrisy in people’s reactions (and justifications for their reactions) to this news is delicious.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. No_PUDding

    I hate it when people describe news as if it’s food.

    Go eat something if you’re hungry, if not, then use appropriate adjectives.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Shatner

    Given your username, I find the irony of your statement to be succulent and juicy but a little on the bitter side.

    (Also, the description was being applied to people’s reactions, not the news itself. No pudding for you!)

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Patrick Garratt

    I’m starving.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Mike

    Eat me.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Patrick Garratt

    That was supposed to be our little secret.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Mike

    Sorry. It’s just been a while that’s all. You’re always too busy writing news.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. No_PUDding

    @Mike&Pat :D

    @Shatner I specifically say no pud. And it’s still annoying when you don’t eat people – literally.

    What Mike and Pat do is up to their disgression to disclose. Hopefully they choose not to.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Seraphemz

    I think that its stupid when people get angry about a business decision. 360 is PS3′s competition and vice versa. They both do things to try and take each others business. Get over it people. You dont like it, get both systems, or deal with the games your only system gets.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Blerk

    Atari confirm that all versions will ship in the US in June, as planned.

    So that’s definitely a Euro-only deal now.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Cort

    Sony (Pictures) own this IP so Sony (Computer Entertainment) can do whatever they want.

    #35 5 years ago