EA: “Movie-game business is falling apart”

Talking to Develop, EA Games prez Frank Gibeau has admitted that – for EA, at least – the movie-to-game stuff isn’t working out. 

Asked if the publisher intends to push out any more James Bond games after Blood Stone tanked, he says, “No, absolutely not. We dumped that licence because we felt like we needed to own more intellectual property, and we don’t like where James Bond is going with all the creative limitations on it. The percentage royalties you have to pay the licensors are going the wrong way for publishers. The margins are being squeezed. And, to top it all off, the movie-game business is falling apart.”

I’m not convinced it was ever in one piece, mind you. I could probably count on one hand the number of decent games adapted from films (DEBATE IN THE COMMENTS, GO GO GO).

“Considering the total amount of money we have to spend on those types of James Bond games, and the total amount of man-hours we had to put into them, we thought; hell, let’s work on our own IP. The guys who made James Bond games for us, well yeah, they went on and made Dead Space,” adds Gibeau. “And look where we are now; what would you rather publish, retail and play – the latest James Bond or Dead Space 2?”

Oooh, oooh oooh! I know the answer!


  • Yep

    Can't think of any decent movie-games.

  • Tpex

    off the top of my head
    (personally played) Chronicles of Riddick Escape from Butcher Bay, Reservoir Dogs, 007 Quantum of Solice, Battle for Middle Earth.
    Almost all teh start Wars games

    and I have heard 007 Golden Eye was a a winner.

  • ImTheScrubby

    Peter Jackson's King Kong the Videogame was fantastic imo, anyone who's ever finished it when it came out will tell you the same. Not the most variety in a videogame ever but the gameplay is solid and addictive and the atmosphere the game created with haunting sounds and cryptic level design can be compared to today's Bioshock.

  • SairenSA

    The Movie-games's graphics looks good, but the game itself is as long as the movie itself. Meaning, lasting 2 hours of gameplay. Figurative speech, of course.

  • Crzwaco

    Nooo don't keep us in suspense tell us the answer.

    Haha only 4 comments on this subject what is the world coming to.

  • PsycoC

    @Tpex Agreed truly awesome games.

    I think its games in general. How many games are good in concept but actually suck. Movie-games have great concepts but lack the budget of the movie or other AAAs. Am I wrong ?

  • Blane

    I disagree, with the article's title that is…how can it fall apart things fall apart if they were never there to start with.

    generally speaking – movie games are really sub-par productions, there have been the odd master piece but overall…they were created as a quick cash-cow.

    can somebody tell me of a decent movie-game recently? the only one i van think of is Riddick

  • simon

    I really enjoyed Battle for Middle Earth especially the first one. Return of the King wasn't too bad either. Actually I love Lord of the Rings anything