Activision confirms Spider-Man and Family Guy games for 2011

It may have left Guitar Hero and True Crime to bleed out by the side of the road, but Activision has announced that it will be throwing its support behind new Spider-Man and Family Guy titles sometime in 2011. Sure, it's a small consolation in light of recent events, but at least it's good news for guys named Peter...

The new games were confirmed today by Activision Publishing's head, Eric Hirshberg, who added that the company would also be releasing a pair of movie tie ins – Transformers 3 and X-Men: First Class – and a new addition to the Cabela Hunting series.

According to Hirshberg, “These are all strong franchises with passionate niche audiences that can achieve repeatable and profitable success.”

As announced earlier this year, development duties for the new Spiderman game will fall to Beenox studios. No developer has yet been attached to Family Guy.

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  • NightCrawler_358 - February 11, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    So Tony Hawk is ruined, Guitar Hero is gone, Family Guy was never good, and Spiderman left the building after 2. They're quickly running Call of Duty into the ground, and they've already raped my childhood with the latest Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon games. Nice, nice.
  • cart00n - February 11, 2011 11:52 a.m.

    @Crabhand: to be fair, much as I TRIED to love Brutal Legend, Activision may have been right about dumping that one - it's not as if it was too terribly profitable to EA... What I'd like to see is a continuation of Singularity - that game was all SORTS of rockin'. Woulda been a bigger hit if Activision just BACKED the damn thing....
  • cart00n - February 11, 2011 11:43 a.m.

    So... how soon until the inevitable "Turn Off the Dark" tie-in? ;)
  • Crabhand - February 11, 2011 6 a.m.

    If Simpson's games have taught us anything, it's that animated comedy TV tie in games are always fantastic. I'm sure Activision isn't grasping at straws or trying to dupe people into buying a shit game on name alone. And the "repeatable and profitable success" line has me really worried. To Activision, repeatable doesn't mean "well crafted sequel" but rather "old game with new title shit out every year". Brutal Legend got dumped because it didn't have the annual potential or exploitable brand name.
  • reaperman22 - February 11, 2011 5:18 a.m.

    the old family guy game wasnt that bad....... okay it wasnt that good but it did have some funny moments, maybe if they make this one less frustrating and well, you know, good, i will probably buy it.... when its cheap
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 11, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    I'm genuinely curious to see what the Americh has to say about all this.
  • Mike657 - February 11, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    “These are all strong franchises with passionate niche audiences that can achieve repeatable and profitable success.” Translation: "We know these are going to bo generic, bargin-bin garbage, but some group of idiots keep buying them, so we'll just milk them for all they're worth." Activision has really gone down the tubes.
  • DontMessWithMeImRunningOutOfPlacesToHideTheBodies - February 10, 2011 11:42 p.m.

    Like everyone else I can't understand someone saying "forget spending money to improve True Crime, Let's fire people and spend money on a new Family Guy game, it's not like a video game based off of a cartoon that rapidly went stale over the last couple years isn't gonna sell 2 million. The last game was a success right?". How long until Activision changes their name to Call of Duty Inc.?
  • Austin_SJ - February 10, 2011 11:34 p.m.

    I am disappoint. Family Guy as a strong franchise? Wonder what Dan thinks?
  • IceBlueKirby - February 10, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    I liked Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, at least until I was on the last Ultimate level and the game kept breaking, but I'll still check out this new game, even though I agree with everyone else that Spidey 2 is the best game. Maximum Carnage is a close second though. Also, I like Family Guy, and I'm not afraid to admit it. If nothing else the first Family Guy game was rife with references to the show, so if a new game can do that and have decent gameplay, I'm on board. And lol for Activision calling the Spidey and Family Guy audiences "niche." Niche is the audience for like 95% of Atlus and NIS games, not Spider-Man and Family Guy.
  • KnightDehumidifier - February 10, 2011 11:21 p.m.

  • FanofSaiyan - February 10, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    Losing the Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk franchises was not worth trading for Family Guy and Transformers. What happens if those franches take off (highly unlikely, but it's hypotheticals people!), would Activision oversaturate the market with TV and movie based games? Would they call it quits again? Why they need to start a cycle like this would be up to the pompous a-holes who run Activision (I'm looking at you Mr. Kotick!).
  • AlphaAGENT144 - February 10, 2011 10:46 p.m.

    why would you kill true crime for family guy? family guy isnt even funny its all stolen jokes making pop culture referances that would have been funny in the 90s and fat jokes
  • D0CCON - February 10, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    Hate Family Guy, have no clue how Family Guy could be made into a good game, noticed that Spidey has been on a downhill slide since Spiderman 2 (which is a shame since I love the character), this can't end well
  • Fiirestorm21 - February 10, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    Couldn't have said it better, Brizee. And yes, I think we're all in agreement that Spider-Man 2 was easily the best video game entry in the franchise's history and all other entries have noticeably sucked in comparison.
  • Cyberninja - February 10, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    they let guitar hero die for crap games activison is a backwards company that needs to kill the one who made that stupid choice.
  • tiben36 - February 10, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    >implying anybody likes family guy thats what we get after they ditch Tony Hawk (which could had a killer title if they didnt bring a plastic skateboard along), True Crime and Guitar Hero (which was not a great lost)
  • phate - February 10, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    Spiderman and Family guy game?!?!?! Everybody gets one. Tell 'em peter Eh, apparently everybody gets one...
  • Brizee - February 10, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    “These are all strong franchises with passionate niche audiences that can achieve repeatable and profitable success.” Aka, we're convinced these niche audiences are idiotic enough to buy the game again and again if we just copy and paste the code from the previous one and rename it. In true Activision style. and my reCaptcha: "Modern Notions"
  • batmanboy11 - February 10, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    This does not sound good at all.

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