Vivendi and Fox Announce Co-Publishing Agreement

 

Vivendi
Universal Publishing and Fox Interactive Announce Co-Publishing Agreement
Featuring Four Key Franchises

 

New
Titles to be Published Under VU Publishing’s Sierra Brand

 

Deal
Marks First Multi-Franchise Strategic Partnership Under Fox Interactive’s New
Business Model

 

TORRANCE,
Calif., May 2 — Vivendi Universal Publishing (VU Publishing) and Fox
Interactive announced today a three-year, worldwide co- publishing agreement
which grants VU Publishing exclusive rights to manufacture, market and
distribute key titles for PC and next-generation console platforms. Under the
agreement, VU Publishing’s Sierra studio will co-publish the following
action/adventure titles:

 

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Aliens vs. Predator 2: AVP2 is the PC sequel to the most terrifying PC game of
1999. Based on the combination of two of the most highly successful sci-fi
franchises in movie history, AVP takes players to a world where species battle
species for the ultimate game of survival. AVP 2 is being developed by
Monolith Productions and will be available on the PC this year.

 

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COPS: Based on one of Fox’s most watched reality-based programs, COPS takes
gamers on a voyeuristic adventure with real life police officers on the beat.
Combining bad boy attitude and hard-core reality, this next-generation console
title will mix the addictive action of the TV series with interactive gameplay
and heart-pumping situations like those faced by real Cops. COPS is being
developed by Mass Media for the PlayStation2 and Xbox(TM) video game system.

 

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Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza: This game combines all of the exciting elements of
the original Die Hard movie in an action/adventure game set in the 3D
environment of Nakatomi Plaza. With 40 floors of new office space under
construction, John McClane must navigate his way through terrorists, civilians
and hostages to save himself and his wife from the high rise of horror.
Pirhana Games is developing DH: Nakatomi Plaza for the PC.

 

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Die Hard: Next Generation: Additionally, this agreement grants VU Publishing
the North American publishing rights to a second Die Hard game currently being
developed for the Nintendo GameCube. The game will feature a new and original
Die Hard storyline with spectacular graphics and innovative gameplay. UK-based
Bits Corp is developing Die Hard for the Nintendo GameCube.

 

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No One Lives Forever: Currently being developed for the PlayStation 2, this
game will feature four new prequel levels featuring beautiful Agent Cate
Archer in her younger days as a thief. Recently, the PC game was honored as PC
Game of the Year and PC Action Game of the Year. No One Lives Forever is being
developed by Monolith Productions and will make its console debut this year.

 

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No One Lives Forever: The Sequel: VU Publishing has been granted the rights to
publish the sequel to No One Lives Forever on multiple platforms including PC
and next generation consoles.

 

The
addition of the Fox Interactive titles complements VU Publishing’s roster of
best-selling franchises, which includes Sierra’s Half-Life, Tribes and Hoyle;
Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo and Warcraft; and Universal Interactive
Studios’ Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot.

 

"This
is a very significant alliance because it involves the collaborative strengths
of two industry giants," said Luc Vanhal, CEO, Vivendi Universal
Interactive Publishing North America. "Combining Fox Interactive’s award-
winning titles with the power of Vivendi Universal Publishing’s worldwide
sales and marketing represents a terrific opportunity for both companies and
great news for gamers."

 

"This
deal represents Fox Interactive’s first major alliance since announcing our
intent to co-publish earlier this year," said Steven Bersch, president,
Fox Interactive. "I am pleased to partner with Vivendi Universal
Publishing, and look forward to leveraging their sales and distribution
strengths to best offer our titles to game enthusiasts around the world."

 

The
companies will release their first joint titles later this year. Aliens vs.
Predator 2, Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza and No One Lives Forever (PS2) are
expected to ship in the fourth quarter.

 

Additional
product information is available upon request.

 

About
Vivendi Universal Publishing 

Vivendi
Universal Publishing is a world leader in mass-market multimedia
communications. The Company has 22,000 employees and 300 brands in 40
countries and aims to become the unchallenged leader in each of its operating
sectors — Games, Education, Literature, Health and Information. VU Publishing
had 2000 pro-forma revenues of 3.6 billion euros. A leading publisher of
online and PC and Console-based interactive content, the Company’s portfolio
of entertainment software brands includes Blizzard Entertainment, Flipside.com,
Sierra and Universal Interactive Studios. Interactive entertainment is one of
parent company Vivendi Universal’s key content areas, along with Movies, Music
and other Publishing activities.

 

About
Fox Interactive 

Recognized
as an innovative industry leader, Fox Interactive, an operating unit of Fox
Filmed Entertainment, a News Corporation company, is committed to producing a
full range of bold and engaging interactive entertainment. The company
produces and co-publishes computer and video game software based on Fox
franchises as well as new and original properties. Fox Interactive games
feature a number of the company’s television and movie properties including
The Simpsons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Die Hard, and The X-Files.
Original properties such as No One Lives Forever have garnered critical
acclaim and received Game of the Year awards from enthusiasts’ magazines
worldwide.

 

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