When Activision merged with Vivendi, a lot of gamers were surprised that so many titles were left in limbo. Whether it was Brutal Legend or Ghostbusters, it seemed odd for Activision to relinquish publishing rights for hyped-up titles. Tigon Studios' head of game production Ian Stevens wasn't surprised that the company's The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena was dropped. In an interview with Gamesindustry.biz he said:
"I worked with Activision for many years, I started my career there in the mid-nineties, and produced Call of Duty 2 for the Xbox 360. So I've known so many of those guys, their executives, since I was in high school. They love brands and annualisation, and there wasn't going to be a Riddick game every year. It was somewhat predictable, what happened.
We weren't surprised -- and I certainly don't take that negatively, personally, or anything like that. They were very gracious to us, and they're wonderful people. I actually like them an awful lot -- it just wasn't their thing. They were very helpful in finding Atari as a new party."
In other words, Dark Athena was dropped because Activision couldn't sequel-ize it to high heaven. To quote The Black Eyed Peas, "What's wrong with world, mama?"