Quoted from Dee-Bow:
Captain obvious over here..but wasn't she in Ghostbusters?? And isn't Ghostbusters a licenced pinball game made by stern? So wouldn't stern have her signed to a deal where she can't appear in another companies game?
I've heard this theory before, I don't think it holds any water. Would Stern do something like that? Sure, pinball is that kind of business, it's always been that kind of business, I wouldn't put anything past any pinball company. Or at least the Chicago ones, the stories of sabotage and that kind of blocking go back decades. But I just don't buy it.
I have no real insider info to share on the matter, I wasn't involved in any negotiations or anything, but if you want my personal theory it's that her agent saw the money and the offer as being not worth her time, and played gatekeeper, rejected the proposal, and she never even heard about it. If anyone sees her at a cast signing see if you can ask her, I'd love to know. It's not like any of us could just call her cellphone and say "hey be in our game", the request had to go to Fox, to her agent, blah blah. Channels.
The "we'll pay you with a tour of the factory" bit isn't true, as far as what I was told. There was money and a game on the table, but for a star of her caliber it was small potatoes I'm sure. I'd like to think she would have been happy to see Ripley in the game and just didn't know, but who knows.
As far as the game development goes the only time it really mattered to us was not getting the "get away from her you bitch" line, and having to do a little creative editing with the loader battle scene to make sure we were following the rules. Tons of great callouts, losing one just can't be a big deal, and the editing worked out fine. If we'd had her then of course we would have combed through all the scenes and callouts for more uses, why not, but that's the only thing I can remember actually wanting.
So from my perspective when it comes to all the issues we had to face, this one just doesn't rate up high on the list when it comes to impacting the game in a negative way. It's the polar opposite of say TWD as far as representing the cast and films, all the scenes and stuff we wanted are in there otherwise.