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Vivendi Universal Games Plus Robert Ludlum Books

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Posted by Jeremy on August 10, 2005 11:03 AM
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Vivendi Universal Games has signed an exclusive deal with the estate of the the late Robert Ludlum, author of the Bourne and Covert One series, to publish games based upon his novels. Since The Bourne Identity came to theaters a few years ago, Ali and I have said what a great game it would make. Vivendi Universal is set to take on the Tom Clancy/Ubisoft juggernaut, "VU Games intends to aggressively establish Ludlum as a top tier games brand with high-quality franchises poised to go head-to-head with other major spy-action games in the industry." Hey, I'm all for a little competition, especially if the Bourne games are as good as the Splinter Cell games. I don't know much about the Covert One series...I guess I have some reading to do.

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Vivendi Universal Games Signs Exclusive Agreement To Publish Games Based On Robert Ludlum's Best-Selling Works

World Renowned Spy Action Novels to Inspire Line-up of Next-Generation Games

READING ? August 10, 2005 ? Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced that it has inked an exclusive global agreement to publish games based on the literary works of Robert Ludlum, the acclaimed international thriller novelist whose books have sold more than 290 million copies worldwide and spawned the theatrical box office hits, The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy.

The long-term contract grants VU Games rights to develop, publish and distribute multi-platform games based on the author's best-selling series and related films, including Bourne and Covert One. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to launch a new line of games inspired by some of the most exciting spy-action franchises ever created," said Bruce Hack, CEO of VU Games. "The interest in Robert Ludlum's works is enormous, as evidenced by the worldwide popularity and commercial success of his books and movies. VU Games intends to aggressively establish Ludlum as a top tier games brand with high-quality franchises poised to go head-to-head with other major spy-action games in the industry."

"Properties like Bourne and Covert One naturally lend themselves to video games, and we are excited to bring Robert Ludlum's stories to life in a way that has never been done before," said Jeffrey M. Weiner, CEO of Ludlum Entertainment. "Our long-term partnership with VU Games underscores our belief in the creativity and vision that the development team will bring to these exciting new projects."

Product information on the Robert Ludlum titles publishing by VU Games will be released at a later date.

Boesky & Company in conjunction with Henry Morrison, Inc. represented Ludlum Entertainment on the publishing agreement with VU Games.

About Vivendi Universal Games
Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets, and is an emerging player in mobile and wireless games. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment?, Radical Entertainment, Sierra? Entertainment, Massive EntertainmentTM and Swordfish Studios. VU Games' library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including Warcraft?, StarCraft?, Diablo? and World of WarcraftTM from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash Bandicoot?, Spyro The Dragon?, Empire Earth?, Leisure Suit LarryTM, Ground Control? and Tribes?. VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox and Ludlum Entertainment.









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