Ghostbusters Slips Further Into The Afterlife
August 30, 2008
I'm going to tell you something that, at first, will seem very alarming and horrible, but if you'll stick with me and follow along I think you'll find in the end that there's a silver lining to be had. Now then, I'm sure you remember how the upcoming Ghostbusters video game was dropped by Activision for publication when the company acquired the Vivendi catalog. The developer insisted that someone would publish the game eventually, but now comes word that GameStop has been cancelling preorders for the game and refunding deposits to disappointed customers. History has shown us that retailers only return money willingly and unprompted when a game is stone dead, so I certainly understand the initial panic.
So, end of the world, right? Fire and brimstone coming down from the sky! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes, the dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria! Well, maybe not. This actually sort of makes sense from a business perspective. The Ghostbusters game that had been in GameStop's catalog was to be published under an arrangement that is no longer in effect. If/when another company picks up the game they will surely make it available under a different agreement. I'm sure the game will return for preordering once the new details are worked out. Remember the inspiring words of Vigo the Carpathian: "Death is but a door, time is but a window; I'll be back!"