acquires all intellectual property rights for Far Cry and will take the Far Cry
Edition of the Cry Engine to the next level
secures full rights to Far Cry
reveal that Ubisoft has acquired the rights
to Far Cry and its underlying CryENGINE, even as Crytek works on Crysis for EA.
Publisher Ubisoft has announced that it has acquired the full
set of IP rights relating to the Far Cry franchise, which was created by German
studio Crytek, in a move which will allow the firm to continue developing games
based on the property.
Under the terms of the new deal with Crytek, Ubisoft will take ownership of all
the existing Far Cry IP, as well as a perpetual license to use the version of
the CryENGINE technology implemented in Far Cry.
The agreement means that Ubisoft will be able to develop sequels in the
franchise - which has become a major property for the French publisher, with Far
Cry Instincts Evolution (Xbox) and Far Cry Instincts Predator (Xbox 360) both
shipping this week.
It also grants Ubisoft and its studios the ability to use the Far Cry engine to
develop other titles, which is another string to the company's bow in
development terms - with a statement this morning outlining the firm's
enthusiasm about taking the engine "to the next level."
Crytek, of course, is already hard at work doing just that - but for Ubisoft's
giant rival Electronic Arts, for whom the development studio is currently
creating its second high-profile title, Crysis.