Sierra's 2009 Titles Need the Thumbs Up From Activision
Sierra has many titles in the works right now, and the ones scheduled for release sometime this year will stay on schedule. However, the titles that are currently in development and scheduled for a 2009 release are to have their fate decided soon by Activision.
Those of us who are eagerly anticipating The Bourne Conspiracy, Prototype, Brutal Legend, or Ghostbusters should just sit back, relax and wait for our games to hit shelves – they are safe. Sierra titles for 2009 though will have to be resubmitted to Activision and go through the approval process all over again.
Changes always happens when a new company buys your old one, and gaming is no exception. Hopefully all of the hard work that Vivendi’s Sierra line had put into these projects will not have been in vain, but you know something has to go and it may just be something you have looked forward to, so be prepared. One example of a conflict of interest may be Activision’s sequel to F.E.A.R. and Warner/Monolith’s Project Origin - I would sincerely hope that Activision is not dense enough to waste the time and money spent on these two massive projects – they may put them on hold, but I doubt they feel the headsman’s axe any time soon.
When corporations merge, loads of changes happen and it is not always for the better. We will just have to wait and see how this goes down.
Source: Ben Fritz, Variety Online