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PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on May. 6, 2009 at 10:56 PM , Categories: Games

ATARI ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE LAUNCH PLANS FOR 'GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME'

- Published by Atari Inc. in North America and Coming to Xbox 360®, Wii™, PLAYSTATION®3 system, PlayStation®2 system, PC and Nintendo DS™ on June 16th, 2009 -

- Coming Exclusively to PLAYSTATION®3 system and PlayStation®2 system in Europe and PAL Regions on June 19th 2009 Published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe -

- PSP™(PlayStation® Portable) Version Coming Worldwide Autumn 2009 -


NEW YORK, NY - May 6, 2009 - Atari, one of the world's most recognized video game publishers, today confirmed the worldwide launch plans for the highly anticipated Ghostbusters: The Video Game.

The title will launch on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows® PC, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ in North America on June 16th 2009 and will be published by Atari Inc.

In an exclusive deal for Europe and the PAL regions, the PLAYSTATION®3 system and PlayStation®2 system versions will launch on June 19th 2009 published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. The launch coincides with the 25th anniversary of the original film's theatrical release and the launch of the Blu-RayTM of the classic first movie, benefiting from a worldwide launch and licensing campaign by Sony Pictures Consumer Products.

"Ghostbusters: The Video Game is one of our most significant worldwide releases this summer. Through Atari's North America publishing business and alongside our partners at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, we have a strategically diversified approach to maximize a title of this magnitude on a global basis," said Jim Wilson, CEO, Atari, Inc.

He continued: "As excitement in the marketplace continues to accelerate around this title and the 25th anniversary of the movie's release, Ghostbusters' large and loyal fan base and gamers across North America can play Ghostbusters: The Video Game across all major platforms on June 16."

A PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) version of the game is scheduled for worldwide launch in autumn 2009 and will be published in Europe by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game, based on the smash hit motion picture franchise, is penned by original Ghostbusters writers and stars Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd and reunites many of the original cast members to recapture the unique blend of humour and fright that established Ghostbusters as a pop culture sensation. The game's launch on 16 June 2009 coincides with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's worldwide debut of the original motion picture on Blu-ray Disc™.

In addition to Aykroyd and Ramis, original Ghostbusters Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson lend their voices and in-game likenesses to the original story set two years after Ghostbusters II, with Manhattan once again overrun by ghosts and supernatural forces. The player joins up as a new recruit with the original team, testing a variety of unique equipment and gadgets, to track, wrangle and trap this wide range of awe-inspiring phantasms in an all new funny and frightening battle to save New York City from its latest paranormal plague.

For more information about Ghostbusters: The Video Game please visit www.ghostbustersgame.com.


About the Game
When Manhattan is once again overrun by ghosts and other supernatural creatures, players will take on the role of a new recruit joining the famous Ghostbusters team. Developed by acclaimed studio Terminal Reality, Ghostbusters: The Video Game will make its debut on the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.The PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system version and the Wii version are being developed by Red Fly Studios, and the Nintendo DS™ version, in which the player takes the role of one of the Ghostbusters themselves, is developed by Zen Studios. The PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and PC versions of the game are developed using Terminal Reality's phenomenal proprietary Infernal Engine technology.

About the Film
Ghostbusters, released in 1984, is one of Columbia Pictures' highest grossing films, spawning a hit sequel in 1989 and three successful animated television shows. Ghostbusters and its sequel grossed over $500 million world-wide. Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, produced and directed by Ivan Reitman, starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson as ghost hunters for hire, cleaning up Manhattan's buildings of slime-spewing spooks.

About Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc.
Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. (SPCP) is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (SPE) based in Los Angeles which handles the merchandising and branding efforts for some of the most recognized properties in film and television.

SPE is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PLAYSTATION®3, PlayStation®2, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) and PlayStation®Network software and hardware in 99 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Since the launch of PLAYSTATION 3 in November 2006, over 21.3 million units have been sold globally and continue to be sold at a record level. Maintaining its position as one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history, PlayStation 2 has sold over 136.3 million systems worldwide. Since its launch at the end of 2004, over 50 million PSPs have been sold globally, highlighting the importance of the portable entertainment market. With the huge increase in interest and accessibility of network applications and network gaming, over 20 million accounts have registered to PlayStation Network, the free-to-access interactive environment, and over 380 million items have been downloaded.

More information about PlayStation products can be found at www.playstation.com or visit the Virtual Press Office at www.scee.presscentre.com.

PlayStation, PLAYSTATION and the PlayStation logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PS3 and PSP are trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

About Infogrames Entertainment and Atari:
The Infogrames group, including the Atari brand and the massively multiplayer online game company Cryptic Studios, is a global producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for all market segments and all interactive game platforms including consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, advanced smartphones, Personal Computers, web and online. Its games are sold in more than 60 countries through an international distribution network and direct to consumers via www.atari.com.
Atari's extensive catalogue of popular games is based on original franchises (Test Drive, Alone in the Dark, V-Rally, My Horse & Me, Backyard Sports franchise, Total Annihilation, Outcast etc.), Cryptic Studios titles (StarTrek Online, Champions Online), publishing properties (Ghostbusters, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Witcher, Race Pro etc.), international licenses (Dragon Ball Z, Dungeons & Dragons, Jamie Oliver etc.) and classic games covering the entire history of the video game industry (Pong, Missile Command, Asteroids etc).

© 2009 Atari Europe SASU. All rights reserved.
Atari word mark and logo are trademarks owned by Atari Interactive, Inc.

"GHOSTBUSTERS", The Video Game: © 2009 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. "GHOSTBUSTERS" with the "GHOST DESIGN" is a registered trademark of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. "GHOSTBUSTERS", and "GHOSTBUSTERS 2" movies: © 1984, © 1989 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Game Software excluding Columbia Pictures Elements: © 2009 Atari, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

"PlayStation", "PLAYSTATION" and "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Wii and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2006 Nintendo.

Windows and the Windows Vista start button are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries and are used under license from owner.


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Comment from: Mess [Visitor]
Since they say "worldwide release," I'm going to bet that it's pretty damn sure to release in more than just Europe. As for why they only mention Sony publishing it in Europe, I'm going to have to say that it means that Atari will be publishing the PSP version here, just like the other versions. I wonder how the PSP version will be different.
May. 7, 2009 @ 17:25
Comment from: Paul Rudoff [Member] Email
Yeah, that's what I think it means, too.

I just find it a bit odd that in the same sentence it says that the PSP version is scheduled for "worldwide launch", but then it only specifically mentions it being "published in Europe by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe". Why not make specific mention of Atari publishing it for PSP in North America, too?

Still, the third line of bold headlines at the top does say exactly: "PSP(PlayStation Portable) Version Coming Worldwide Autumn 2009". So I'll take that at face value until I hear otherwise.
May. 7, 2009 @ 22:14
Comment from: Boyer, CNCGB [Visitor] · http://cncgb.deviantart.com
I'm guessing the PSP is just a PS2 port. The only other option would probably be a whole new game. I can't imagine them putting the PS3 version on the PSP, but maybe I have sorely underestimated the PSP's gaming graphics power and capabilities? All I do know is that it most likely won't be the double screen/touch sensitive DS version.
May. 8, 2009 @ 02:18
Comment from: Paul Rudoff [Member] Email
I have to agree with you, Boyer. I think it's a safe bet that the PSP version will be a port of the PS2 version.

Like you said, it won't be a DS port due to the PSP not having the two screens and touch sensitivity. The PSP isn't as powerful as the PS3, Xbox 360, or even a PC capable of running the game, so that eliminates the "realistic version" (as I call it). For obvious reasons it won't be a Wii port, and there's no time to put together a completely new version, so that leaves a PS2 port as the only choice.

It makes sense as there have been a bunch of PSP games that made their way onto the PS2: the GTA "Stories" games, Twisted Metal: Head-On, Silent Hill Origins, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters - and I think one or two others. So with some tweaking, they could (presumably) easily port the other way around, from PS2 to PSP.

If Sony is smart, they'll bundle the old Ghostbusters movie UMD with the PSP version. Sure the UMD is no match for the DVD, much less the Blu Ray, but I think both make for a nice bundle. Throw in a PSP skin, or even a special Ghostbusters-themed "slime green" PSP unit, and you've got a nice bundle. If they're going to make PSP owners wait so longer for the game (which will undoubtedly be a PS2 port), they might as well make it worth it for them.

Anyway, personally speaking the news of the PSP version doesn't affect me as the only handheld I have is the GBA, which Nintendo promptly pushed aside about a year or two after I bought it. I'm still getting the PC and PS2 versions, and praying that the PC version doesn't have some wickedly evil DRM.
May. 8, 2009 @ 03:45
Comment from: Paul Rudoff [Member] Email
[UPDATE - 5/29/2009]
* North America PSP release of Ghostbusters game confirmed - by Holiday 2009 is hoped *

Atari CEO David Gardner spoke with GameSpot and confirmed that the PSP edition of the game will eventually make its way to North America, and that he hopes it would be out in time for the holiday season.
May. 29, 2009 @ 21:52

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