Confirmed: Ghostbusters timed PlayStation exclusive after Sony deal

GameZine: Sony Computer Entertainment today signed a deal with Atari to publish Terminal Reality's Ghostbusters, making the game a PlayStation (at least timed) exclusive.

In a surprise turn of events, Sony has signed a deal with Atari to publish Ghostbusters, just one month before its release.

The game is set to release alongside the Sony Pictures Blu-ray of the original film, but now only for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2. The PSP version will follow a number of months later.

SCEE's press release that confirms the exclusivity has been added.


[UPDATE 5] - Ghostbusters: The Video Game will release across all platforms in North America, as confirmed in our follow up story.

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La Chance3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

Sony evil ?

Or does it only apply to MSFT ?

techie3361d ago

Or does it make Atari desperate?

Question: Why didn't they do this with the SpiderMan games - or all Sony Pictures games? Maybe they want money.

WildArmed3361d ago

what it makes is..
no difference..
Im not even sure if i should be looking forward to Ghostbuster
maybe Phil Harrison had something to do with this.. 'evil' scheme

Omegasyde3361d ago

Sounds like Atari is broke. Either that of Phil Harrison is really a undercover agent for Sony, running Atari into bankruptcy. Sony then would be able buy Atari for cheap.

Isn't that what Peter Moore is doing with EA sports?

Ichiryoka3361d ago

I dont thin it would have as much impact as ff13 did.. but, it wasnt a very nice move of Sony, Now alot of 360 only owners will have to wait it pit or buy a Ps3...but for Ghostbuster???Maybe...Heck the game May be Great we dont know...YET.

heyheyhey3361d ago

dude... Sony owns Ghostbusters, your lucky non-Playstation versions are even being made

labaronx3361d ago

This game has so much drama behind it...

first it was axed by Activision and picked up by Sony movie studios to publish assuming it would be playstation brand exclusive.

then Phil Harrison quit Sony and went to Atari and got the rights to the game making it multiplat again.

and now this.

ShiNe-Box-3361d ago

According to you, LP2 is the more important "timed exclusive." This means MS is still more evil. Which is why I choose the lesser of two evils.

Thanks Phil! We miss you.

QuackPot3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

M$ is still the evil one.

From a Linux fan, using firefox on a freespire PC.

na2ru13361d ago

But omg the least Ghost Busters I played was on the Sega Mega-Drive, a very nice little side scrolling shooting action game. It puts a smile to me face.

La Chance3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

The hypocrisy of PS3 fanboys is...amazing.

redsquad3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

ALL fanboys are, by definition, 'hypocrites' so to say how amazed you are when it's only displayed by "Sony fanboys" is a bit... well, hypocritical.

FlameBaitGod3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

La Chance ur sad lol. Do you even read what u post most of the time loL?. BTW Sony must be evil, they charge for internet, the games u buy on psn u cant play if u didn't pay for that months internet, 120 bucks for a 120GB drive, released a 16-33% failure rate system, e74 Error, released a new system called jasper that fixed the RROD but yeah, we saw it didn't, gave us glitchy exclusives, charge for some dlc that is free to the other console, has given free consoles + games to the people who review their exclusives games... oh wait that company isn't Sony is it? Its what company ?

BTW look at ur own post history b4 u talk about other fanboys kid

sonarus3361d ago

I don't really care about ghostbusters but to the 360 fanboys who are upset. Thats for Tekken 6 delay, FFXIII delay and also Fallout and GTA DLC crap.

But seriously i don't see why this is a big deal its just ghostbusters. I didn't know people wanted it that bad

shawnsl653361d ago

question is.. will i get a FREE ghost buster BluRay or not :X or some special armor/gun for catching ghosts.

no-spin3361d ago

Sony played the evil card as defined by MS moves, but at least Sony is putting the game in 3 platforms and overall Sony is not evil, just got greedy this time around. Is this game any good?

Smacktard3361d ago

Does anyone actually care about timed exclusives?

Blakzhuk3361d ago

Starting the bubbles for La Chance campaign. I want to hear more from this guy.

Beast_Master3361d ago

I am pretty hyped for this game. I plan on getting my platinum trophy in Infamous, then playing through Prototype then hopefully plat Ghostbusters. 360 owners shouldn't be to sad you can still get the game on PS2 as well. Everyone has one of those.

OGharryjoysticks3361d ago

Sony should have figured out what they wanted to do a long time ago. Terminal Reality said had this been only on the PS3 they could have done more with the new game engine, but obviously only until recently has the multiplatform approach been switched so plan on the game having the same number of ghosts on screen at once and all the other things they said they could have improved on to be what they are although they could have been better.

thegood333361d ago

That sucks. I was looking forward to this game. The game looks fun

All well, I guess I'll wait.

I don't see the point of going exclusive though. It's not the type of game that is going to sell systems. All it's doing is losing some sales. But I guess if sony has the rights to it, it's thier call.

king dong23361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

i just purchased a ps3 today(how long does it take to do an update???).

and i know i wont be buying ghostbusters on any system!!

it may turn out to be good, it may not. either way, i have no interest in it.

edit: just read some of the other posts, and i agree. if this was a microsoft move, the sony fanboys would be all over this. and would be downplaying this just like anoter quality looking game that could well be xbox timed exclusive...aka lost planet2.

but reading a few of the comments, it already seems that the sony faithful are saying it's looking amazing.

popup3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

Well it does bring them down a notch if you look up.

cmrbe3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

just be thankfull that you get to play it.

Believe me if MS owned rights to properties such as James Bond, Spiderman and GB you will never see it on the PS3.

Sony is only fighting back fairly as they own the freaking franchise.

Seriously. Sony should do more. Get all movie franchise games that they own rights to exclusively for the PS3.

MS started this. They are the ones that have screwed up PS fans this gen.

IcarusOne3361d ago

Fanboyism is being a hypocrite. So it's not surprising that, now that Sony has made a blatant MS-ish move to buy a timed exclusive, the Sony cult is cheering with vengeance. And it's also not surprising that xbots are now feeling the bitter and sour pinch.

But PS3 fans: you have a golden opportunity here to rise above the low-life xbots that you so admonish and stand upon the mountain of maturity. But instead you're pouring salt and rubbing it into the wound.

Just so you have no illusions, you're no better than that which you hate.

ON TOPIC: I'll definitely be buying this game. I'm so excited about it, I just can't wait for the 360 version. So I'll be wiping the dust off the old PS3 and relishing busting some ghosts alongside Peter, Ray, Egon, and Winston. Having been written by Aykroyd and Ramis, it's an official sequel. And don't forget:

"When someone asks you if you're a god, you say YES!"

IaMs123361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

Thank you, this just proves that all companies do this and not just MS, as long as it comes to the 360 timed or not im fine

EDIT @ Below: Yah that is true but not a month before the freaking game is released! I think thats just down right wrong to do this a month before the release if it was earlier in the year ok, but come on not even MS went this low.

cmrbe3361d ago

Haha yeah right. Do you honestly believe the BS that you just posted. I for one tried but as soon as the x360 get a time exclusive or exclusive DLC PS fans will not hear the end of it from x360 fans.

Do you seriously expect PS3 fans to be all angels?.

BTW,This is not similar to what MS have done this gen. Sony owns GB.

IcarusOne3361d ago

Certainly not. You just illustrated the point. A fanboy is a fanboy is a fanboy.

IcarusOne3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

From the official press release:

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

So, um....yeah. All you North American PS3 fanboys...doesn't it suck when the pie hits you in the face?

pixelsword3361d ago

This is an Atari game, remember?

Let's wait until some live gameplay is shown before we cheer or scream.

meluvulongtime3361d ago

This hardly makes Sony evil. Like Da Truth said when MS would do this they try and make it appear as if the game is exclusive not just timed exclusive. Hence why I own the 360 version of Tales of Vesperia and NG2.

It makes sense for Sony to want to push the game some to coincide with the release of GB on blu. I'm doubting this will become an ongoing trend, but don't quote me on that.

No matter what it really won't matter unless the game turns out to be good.

IdleLeeSiuLung3360d ago (Edited 3360d ago )

This only applies to europe, not that it matters anyhow cause I wasn't planning to buy this game in the first place.

"In an exclusive deal for Europe and the PAL regions, the PLAYSTATION(r)3
system and PlayStation(r)2 system versions will launch on June 19th 2009
published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. "


Enigma_20993360d ago

... that makes them less evil. And it's not like Microsoft changed their business practices overnight... so shut your trap, Chance.

RememberThe3573360d ago

It's business.

Sony did the same crap MS is doing this gen when they launched the PS1. MS is just taking a page out of Sony's book. No need to get butt hurt about it.

cmrbe3360d ago

Go to your fantasy land where everyone plays the harp and get along together. N4G is not the place to find angels.

Oh and take your BS with you.

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belal3361d ago

only on ps3 this year :)

WildArmed3361d ago

it might come out in Fall 09 for other platforms

Defectiv3_Detectiv33361d ago

What do you know, so rumor's do come true occasionally.

Don't know if anyone remembers, but awhile ago when they were talking about giving the axe to this game it was rumored that Sony might step in and publish it. It just make sense, Ghostbusters is a Sony owned property, the original movies were produced by TriStar Columbia, a company owned by Sony.

I just can't wait for a new ghostbusters movie, I heard its supposed to have all the original cast plus some new ghostbusters, Seth Rogen is rumored to be one of them.

ELite_Ghost3361d ago

whoo even more games coming out exclusively for ps3!! (yes it's timed...)

NewZealander3361d ago

so funny how psfanboys b!tch and moan about timed exclusives on 360 like its a bad thing, but when sony gets one you all start your little sony worshiping rituals.

its just ghostbusters guys...

CyberSentinel3360d ago

I was looking forward to picking this up new at retail.

Guess I will have to get it used from gamestop, so that sony and atari make no money, when it gets released for the 360.

Blind Lemmings, Sony Is Scared Of Multi-Platform Comparisons.

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Hellsvacancy3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

Smart move by Sony if u ask me

Edit. Skv007 - So should i remove the "if u ask me" bit lol - hav a bubble

WildArmed3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

I was with u till the part
'if you ask me'.

(just messing with ya)
lol people get shot on N4G for having opinion XD

majorsuave3361d ago

that`s an odd move from Sony and especially Atari. maybe a dozen people worldwide will consider buying the most expensive console for a casual franchise game.

WildArmed3361d ago

its more likely that Sony is trying to push the multiplatform sales of that game towards the PS3..

People that have multiple consoles (like me) will pick up the PS3 version if they intended to pick up GB. since it'll come out earlier..
(speculation.. im just tying 2 prove a point)

Ashriel3361d ago

"smart move by sony" If that "move" was made by MS I bet a lot of people here would be screaming "M$ STEALING GAMEZ AGIAN M$ IS TEH EEEVILLZ!!"

IaMs123361d ago

@ above

Your right shows the true side of I just find it really low of Sony to do this a month before the release and not 3-6 months would be a different story.

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Sony Rep3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

Can't wait for this game! Graphics look great on the PS3.

Getting the blu-ray also. Real fans only apply. haha

SL1M DADDY3361d ago

The game looks amazing regardless and I am definitely getting the BD version of Ghost Busters.

timmyrulz3361d ago

But i dont understand, its only Microsoft who are the big bad wolf whilst Sony are the Julie Andrews of the gaming community!

Good job i own both consoles tho, i would have picked this up on the x360 (achievement whore that i am), so it looks like a ps3 job as long as the reviews are good

Ichiryoka3361d ago


JD_Shadow3361d ago (Edited 3361d ago )

Funny, because every time MS does something like this, they always get a free pass.

Watch the press be all OVER this one, though! Why? Because it's Sony, and God forbid they would give MS a dose of their own medicine.

Also shows how confident Sony is right now to get enough balls (for ONCE) to do this kind of move.

EDIT: Look at all the 360 faithful already talking down on the game. THAT didn't take long.

@mastiffchild: Don't agree with that, though you might be right when the smoke clears. Remember, though, that Sony was a disjointed company, with neither the video, movie, music, or game divisions being on the same page. So even though the movie division had the rights, the game division never was going to act on that (until now, of course). Let's not even START on the whole music/game stuff.

That makes me think there's more to THIS than just Sony Pictures owning GB. There's a BIG underlining story here, and I think that's the third comment I posted (which is further down).

By the way, a bit of FYI for anyone who's curious, Columbia Pictures distributed the films, though the films were released way before Sony bought the company. In fact, the film was made and release when Columbia was owned by--are you ready for this?--COCA-COLA ( ). That's right, the same people who make Sprite and Full Throttle once tried to get into the entertainment industry and bought Columbia in 1982 and sold it in 1990 to Sony. The two GB films were released during the interim.

mastiffchild3361d ago

@darkpower-I'm not sure darkie. As Sony appear to hold the rights to the film maybe they felt they had to step in if the game was having problems(seeing as Ayckroyd claims it's the closest thing we'll see to a follow up to the films)to protect the IP.

I'd love to know what Atari were having problems with as if they weren't none of this makes much sense to me.

PirateThom3361d ago

It's not like Sony, Atari or anyone is denying other versions exist, why?

Because Sony have enough real exclusives that they don't to trick consumers into believing timed exclusives are actual exclusives.

It's a marketing thing, nothing more. Ghostbusters Trilogy on Blu-ray, pretty much.

Blakzhuk3361d ago

According to Playstation 3 fanb0ys, timed exclusives are bad because gamers have to wait long for their version. Or is it once exclusive games going to competing systems is bad. No wait, Sony owns GB right? So how is this good? LOL

Waiting for Darkpower to make one of those wall of text editorials on how Sony is bad for buying exclusivity.

Wait...Sony doesn't buy exclusives.

They should have waited for E3 to drop this news. This would have been a huge megaton.

For those of you who don't think this is a hot game, make a trip to Gametrailers. It truly defines next gen. TR said 360 held them back? You won't believe so when you see the game.

I hate this generation because it's made gamers stupid. Can't wait til it's over so we can start the next one.

One more thing, which version will sell more?

TheBand1t3361d ago

You're not funny, unlike the other Zhuk.

DaTruth3361d ago

MS never announces timed exclusives, they pretend they are exclusives and then the other version is released later. So there wouldn't really be much conversations about MS's timed exclusives, just about it going multiplat.

You guys don't have to make up things Sony fanboys said to paint them in a bad light; fanboys already have bad lighting. Guess you just want to make them worse than you!

The Lazy One3361d ago

when has M$ EVER gotten a free pass?

Are we living in the same reality?

CobraKai3361d ago

Why is it when Microsoft scores a big exclusive, it's a big deal but when Sony, finally, does the same thing, it's looked down upon. Since Sony Pictures was behind The Ghost Buster and The Ghost Buster 2, I wasn't surprised with this move, especially if you consider the fact the fact that itsa gonna be released on the Blu Ray this year it was a smart move. I was surprised that The Spidermen 3 wasn't a PS3 exclusive.

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