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Vivendi Gets Irrational

Vivendi Universal Games announces a new deal with developer Irrational Games:

VIVENDI UNIVERSAL GAMES SIGNS NORTH AMERICAN DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH IRRATIONAL GAMES

LOS ANGELES August 2, 2004 Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) and Irrational Games today announced a North American agreement which grants VU Games exclusive distribution rights to Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich.

Scheduled for release in early 2005, Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich is the PC sequel to the original, critically acclaimed role-playing game, Freedom Force. Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich brings dynamic storytelling, fast-paced tactical role-play, and larger-than-life heroic characters to the computer screen.

"Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich is a highly anticipated release that we believe will generate significant demand at retail," said Philip W. O'Neil, North American President of VU Games. "Irrational's decision to partner with VU Games is another endorsement for our North American publishing and distribution capabilities."

"When we decided to self-publish Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich, we knew the game we wanted to make and how we wanted to make it," said Ken Levine, General Manager of Irrational Games. "What we didn't know was how to get it into the hot little hands of all the Freedom Force fanatics! This partnership is the final piece of that puzzle."

Further details about Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich will be available in coming months. For more information about the game, visit www.freedomfans.com.

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20. Re: woot Aug 2, 2004, 20:05 Shadowcat
 
System Shock 2 = Awesome
Freedom Force= BLECH

Why would Vivendi waste their time with a publishing agreement? You'd think Blizzard would be enough to not have to go after small, one-hit-wonders.
Uh, Irrational is hardly a one-hit wonder. For starters several of their staff had their hands in a number of the great Looking Glass titles, and both Shock 2 and Freedom Force were successful. Shock 2 made a reasonable profit, but I rather suspect that Freedom Force was a much bigger commercial success.

Freedom Force was awesome -- if you like that sort of game. Which vast numbers of people did. I'm highly encouraged by the news that Irrational are self-publishing the sequel... the fan base is in place to make it a success for them, and it indicates that the company is already doing nicely. If FFvTR turns out better than the original (which is should do, especially given that the company can take their time with it), and Tribes Vengeance and SWAT 4 turn out well (remains to be seen, of course -- both games have decidedly large boots to fill), then Irrational will have made a very impressive name for themselves I think.
This comment was edited on Aug 2, 23:22.
 
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