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Jet Set
02-03-2007, 07:31 AM
Dan Aykroyd to appear in Ghostbusters game

Still-touring Blues Brother tells the Edmonton Sun that he will lend his voice to the new game "next year." But who's publishing it?

By Tor Thorsen (http://www.gamespot.com/users/thorsen-ink/), GameSpot (http://www.gamespot.com/) Posted Feb 2, 2007 5:43 pm PT


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For a comedy that's 23 years old, Ghostbusters is sure getting a lot of attention. The newfound interest came courtesy of several clips that surfaced on YouTube (http://www.gamespot.com/news/6164211.html) in January which appeared to show an impressive-looking game based on the comedy classic. Later that same week, Slovenian developer Zootfly admitted it had a prototype Ghostbusters game running on an Xbox 360 but warned that development "had hit a snag" in terms of the IP.
"We hoped the publisher would sort out the IP issue in a jiffy and we'd be recharging proton packs in no time," ZootFly CEO Bostjan Troha told GameSpot (http://www.gamespot.com/news/6164344.html). "Unfortunately, they didn't push to untangle the IP hard enough and the whole thing stalled a bit." Though Troha wouldn't name the IP holder, some speculated that Sony, which owns the Ghostbusters film rights, might scuttle development of the game rather than see it go to the 360.
Today, new information on the Ghostbusters project surfaced--courtesy of a member of the Ghostbusters cast. Touring in his native Canada as one half of the Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd revealed to the Edmonton Sun (http://www.edmontonsun.com/Entertainment/Weekend/2007/02/02/3506287-sun.html) that he will be appearing in the game. He also revealed who holds the game rights to the film.
"Universal [Studios] purchased the rights from Sony for a game," Aykroyd told the Sun. "I'm actually going to have to perform and do some motion capture for them. That will be next year."
If correct, Aykroyd's comments have two implications: First, a Ghostbusters game won't appear until 2008--at the earliest. It also appears to debunk the Sony-as-spoiler rumor, although the blank YouTube pages which bore the game footage now read, "This video has been removed at the request of copyright owner Sony Pictures Entertainment because its content was used without permission."
One question the Aykroyd interview didn't answer was which company is publishing Ghostbusters. Given French media company Vivendi SA still has a major stake in its former subsidiary Universal, which is now part of NBC Universal, some assumed Vivendi Games would be distributing Ghostbusters.
However, a VG spokesman said his company has announced no such deal. "I can't comment," he told GameSpot. "This is a rumor and we do not comment on rumors."

TAURO
02-03-2007, 09:16 AM
There was footage of the game on you tube, it was at a very early stage but it looked good, but the footage has now been removed but aint it cool news reported on it which was where I saw it.

Bloo
02-03-2007, 09:31 AM
Well the first two Ghostbuster games for the NES sucked, so hopefully this one will do it justice

Fayth
02-03-2007, 09:40 AM
..hopefully....

Frontal Lobotomy
02-03-2007, 10:34 AM
I remeber playing Ghostbusters on my C64, was good fun even though there was a $10,000 limit on what you could buy.I like the idea of there being a new Ghostbusters game coming out, it was a great concept.

wufan10304
02-03-2007, 11:04 AM
There was footage of the game on you tube, it was at a very early stage but it looked good, but the footage has now been removed but aint it cool news reported on it which was where I saw it.

i seen the early stage videos too. it look dope. it ran smooth, and the graphics and lighting looked great. did u see the clip where bill muray was in an interview? he looked older in it? that clip was hot as well? i think that clip was only 30 seconds to a minute...very dope so far

Fayth
02-03-2007, 03:44 PM
Thats sweet! Though......are Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Harold Ramis going to make voice-appearances as well? It'd be dope to have the whole team....

yeah that would be class, would be weird if it was someone else doing voice overs

EAGLE EYE
02-03-2007, 04:09 PM
http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/user_images/pics/1/5006000/ngbbs4273a9d966a8b.jpg


I hope they bring this back too!

Fayth
02-03-2007, 04:14 PM
^^ oh snap, retro

Frontal Lobotomy
02-03-2007, 04:15 PM
I wonder if it'll work as a sequel to Ghostbusters 2, that'd be pretty nifty. And yeah, the merchandising from Ghostbusters is top notch, some more of that would be cool

What you gonna do about your Foran sig btw fayth, seeing as he signed for Southend and all?

Fayth
02-03-2007, 04:20 PM
Ghostbusters is an upcoming video about Ghostbusters, developed by Zootfly for the Xbox 360. Other than promotional artwork and 4 in-game movies of early prototypes, there is no information about the game yet. The game is currently on hold due to licensing issues the company is actively working to resolve.
The official statement from Zootfly's website: "We are very glad to see the overwhelming response to the Ghostbusters prototype movies. What you've seen is indeed in-game footage of early prototypes on the Xbox 360, running on ZootFly's proprietary engine. Due to licensing issues, further development of the Ghostbusters game hit a bump on the road, but everybody here at ZootFly is working actively on resolving the challenges with the owners of the Ghostbusters IP."
Due to the likely outcome of not being able to use the required intellectual property, ZootFly has been concentrating on developing a 'Ghostbusters-inspired' game which features many elements based on or seen in the promotional movies. It is unknown whether work on TimeO would be halted if the intellectual property rights were granted.
On February 2nd 2007 IGN.com reported that Dan Aykroyd told The Edmonton Star that Universal recently purchased the rights from Sony to produce a Ghostbuster videogame. The article goes on to mention that Dan Aykroyd would be doing some motion capture for the game in the next year. It is unknown if Zoofly will continue to develop the Ghostbusters videogame or if Universal's game division Vivendi would develop a game of their own.

Fayth
02-03-2007, 04:39 PM
....yeah a lil bit

Mattlocka
02-03-2007, 05:02 PM
Im not geting it but cool anyway if someone else get it I'll join in/

Jet Set
02-03-2007, 09:21 PM
I remeber the old nes games, with the square guys with the wheelcart game in it. The times when satisfaction was just so easy.