In light of the recent national tragedy, Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) has postponed the September 21st release of Spider-Man 2 Enter: Electro for the PlayStation game console, which is set in New York City. While the environments in the game were not designed to depict specific buildings, the climax of the game takes place atop a skyscraper that loosely resembles The World Trade Centre. The announcement was made today by Ron Doornink, president and COO, of Activision, Inc.
"Out of respect for the victims, their families and our fellow citizens, we will be postponing the launch and making minor changes to the game," states Doornink. "While the buildings in Spider-Man 2 Enter: Electro do not collapse or explode, Activision is being extremely cautious about any images in our game that might be mistaken for the Twin Towers. We expect to ship the game well in time for this holiday season. Additionally, the delay of the game will have no material impact on our business."
Activision today also reconfirmed the company's earnings per share guidance for both the second fiscal quarter and the 2002 fiscal year end.
A new release date for Spider-Man 2 Enter: Electro has not yet been scheduled. The game has been rated "11+" suitable for persons ages eleven and older by ELSPA.