Variety reports that Activision is to review all Sierra/Vivendi games due for release in 2009, with the future survival of all projects resting on the new owner's appraisal of them.
With EA moving into a hostile position regarding its proposed purchase of Take Two, news regarding 2007's merger between Activision and Vivendi - thereby creating the world's largest video game publishing empire - has rather taken a back seat.
To recap, Activision bought the Vivendi games division (which often operates under the Sierra name), with Vivendi itself buying a controlling share in Activision. One of the company's primary holdings is, of course, Blizzard Entertainment, and this is one of the key motivations in EA's recent movements against Take Two, as well as the origin of the publisher's new 'Activision Bizzard' moniker.
It's taken time for the deal to rumble into effect, and the next few months will see gradual consolidation of the two company's assets and offices throughout the world. What that means is that if Activision wants things to change, they're going to change soon.
First on the list is a review of all 2009 titles currently planned by Sierra. Those due in 2008 are deemed safe because they're already well into production. Essentially, everyone who already gone financing for their game from Sierra is going to have to pitch again to Activision.
It's not great news for those developers, but you can't blame Activision. After all, all they really wanted was World of Warcraft.