Atari president Phil Harrison has told MCV that he wants to leave Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick red-faced for dumping the Ghostbusters game.
The title, which Atari announced it had picked up this month, was originally on Vivendi’s release schedule before the ‘merger’ between the company and Activision in December last year – a deal that was finalised in July.
However, the newly-formed Activision Blizzard dropped the title, which was developed by Terminal Reality.
CEO Bobby Kotick later said the decision was taken because the game didn’t offer enough long-term revenue potential.
However, in a new exclusive interview, Phil Harrison told MCV:
What Bobby, perhaps unhelpfully said, was that those games were franchises which wouldn’t make $100m of revenue and generate sequels.
If that’s his benchmark, then fine – and we’d love to aspire to the same benchmarks. But you know what? I would love to turn Ghostbusters into a $100m franchise, just to prove him wrong.”