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Gozer the Gozarian and Vigo the CarpathianMother pus bucket!  With the sudden derailment of plans to publish the upcoming Ghostbusters game thanks to the Activision and Blizzard Entertainment merger, Sony Pictures (that's the key Ghostbusters license holder) has decided to use the confusion to bump the game into next year to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the original film. Variety has the unfortunate details.

I got some answers today from Sony Pictures, which of course owns the rights to "Ghostbusters" and licensed the IP to Vivendi last year. The studio gave me official word that it is working with Activision Blizzard "to evaluate various options surrounding the release of the 'Ghostbusters' video game." That's obviously vague, but it does contain an important nugget: it wants the game to be released, one way or another.

Sony goes on to state that "this has presented [Sony Pictures Consumer Products] with an opportunity to reevaluate the game release marketing strategy to potentially coincide with the 25th anniversary of the original film in '09."

For whatever reasons, call it... fate, call it luck, call it karma, I believe everything happens for a reason.  As much as I hate to accept it, giving the developers more time to work on the project can only help the quality of the finished product.  Now, I went around and around while writing this here article and wrestled with dozens of Ghostbusters dialog-related references to include, but there's just not enough time to run through them all (three are included here), so instead I direct you to this discussion thread over at which covers the bulk of the available material.