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EA exec states there won’t be more Godfather games

 

Electronic Arts is according to the LA Times  done with The Godfather Franchise. But apparently everyone knows this except Paramount. In an interview at E3 on Wednesday, Frank Gibeau, president of the EA Games label, said that after April’s release of The Godfather II, his company is done with making video games based on the critically acclaimed film series. 

“We’re not going to do another one,” he said flatly. He then pionted out that the company has no Godfather titles on its current production schedule for the next three years.

Asked for comment, a spokesperson for Paramount’s digital entertainment group didn’t share Gibeau’s perspective. “Plans for the next Godfather game have not been decided,” she told The LA Times.

An EA publicist e-mailed the reporter to clarify Gibeau’s statement.

“We do not currently have a Godfather game in development,” she said. “Nothing has been decided as to future sequels. Paramount is a great partner.”

Despite the statement,  we are sure that EA Games appears to be done with The Godfather Franchise. Its decision was likely motivated by extremely weak sales for The Godfather II, which sold only 241,000 units in the U.S. when it was released in April. The game didn’t not even come close to the sixes of the first. Also EA appears to be increasing focus on intellectual properties it owns.

In the last couple of years, the company has given up on major licenses it previously controlled, including “James Bond” and “The Lord of the Rings.” The only two Hollywood properties for which EA now owns interactive rights are “Harry Potter” and the Jason Bourne spy novels. 

“The bloom is really off the rose for licensed games,” Gibeau said.

[Via LA Times]

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