Gamers were in an uproar this morning when Atari and Sony announced a last-minute deal that would make the upcoming Ghostbusters: The Video Game a temporary, timed exclusive for PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3...in Europe.
Atari has since confirmed to GameIndustry.biz this deal does not apply to the United States and the game will still be published on Xbox 360, PC, DS and Wii on June 16. Europe will still see the other versions of Ghostbusters, however, with Atari expecting to announce the revised release schedule "sometime soon."
Sony's interest in championing Ghostbusters isn't surprising, either, since PlayStation 3 was the lead development platform for the game, not to mention ex-Sony executive Phil Harrison took over as Atari president last year. Most studios this generation have lead on Xbox 360 because it was easier to hit the ground running. I reported this just a little over a year ago at MTV Multiplayer.
"We’ve found that writing for the PS3 first and then porting to the 360 and PC is a much simpler and more efficient procedure,” said Terminal Reality president Mark Randell to me during a press event last May.
If anything, we should have seen this coming, but it's still shocking to see the deal come together with a little over a month before the game's release date.
European TheFeed readers, what do you make of this move?