Warner Bros. Buys Monolith

Warner Bros. Buys Monolith is the press release announcing that television and film conglomerate Warner Bros., already a minority investor in Monolith Productions, has exercised an option to acquire the rest of the game developer. Monolith will now operate under Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment (WBIE), headed up by former Monolith CEO Jason Hall (story), who no reportedly no longer held any stake in the company he helped found.
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Aug 12, 2004, 15:38
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Uh-oh. Hope they're not going to take away Monolith's creative freedom by overloading them with a bunch of no-good movie tie-ins

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Aug 12, 2004, 15:42
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I fear for F.E.A.R.

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Aug 12, 2004, 15:46
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How convenient for Mr. Hall's founding friends.

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<sarcasm>Hey, look at the bright side .. we'll get tons of Roger Rabbit inspired games rather than another boring FPS
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Does this mean ...
Aug 12, 2004, 15:48
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We'll never see a TRON 3.0?

I don't know whether the sales would justify a sequel, but I'd love to see some more TRON. I assume Disney still holds the rights ...

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Aug 12, 2004, 16:10
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Aug 12, 2004, 16:10
 
Ah man this sucks. Monolith makes some of the most original and fun FPS's around. A buyout could only mean that WB wants to find a company to make cheap cames out of there even cheaper shows and movies

I to fear for F.E.A.R and any hope of more fun with Cate Archer

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Aug 12, 2004, 16:13
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A Tron 3.0 will probably NOT be made. I played Tron 2.0 and I thought it was a great game but I dont think it sold very well.

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Aug 12, 2004, 16:17
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Aug 12, 2004, 16:17
 
blood 3....starring bugs bunny

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Meh!
Aug 12, 2004, 16:18
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Aug 12, 2004, 16:18
 
FEAR was the first Monolith game I've looked forward to since SHOGO disappointed.
Did try NOLF a few months back, and what a laff riot that proved not to be. Overrated is putting it mildly.

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Aug 12, 2004, 16:19
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I fear for F.E.A.R.

What is there to be fearful for? Personally, I can't wait for Monolith to dump F.E.A.R and the NOLF series and start on Catwoman, Pluto Nash and Kangaroo Jack games.

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Aug 12, 2004, 16:20
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Another greedy developer selling out to a large company who doesn't know the first clue about making good games. Way to go Mr. Hall, you can take you bonus now.

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Aug 12, 2004, 16:22
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Aug 12, 2004, 16:22
 
I to fear for F.E.A.R and any hope of more fun with Cate Archer

Or it means a Cate Archer movie. Why not? I know executives make stupid decisions but you have to ask yourself why they'd buy Monolith, if not for the talent and the franchises. OTOH, executives on 7 figure salaries probably don't understand why normal people don't just play games but are sometimes devoted to games. Hey! They could have a life instead. Let's exploit them...

I saw a link somewhere (probably BBC news online - I truly love that site. CNN online is pitiful by comparison. The way they hid some of those Iraq stories is shameful) that pointed out that while game developers as a group are pulling in more Gs than Hollywood the executives in game companies are more accessible and more likely to pay attention to fan opinion than your average film director. So, to recap. Film makers take almost as much of your money but think you are pond scum. There's pros and cons on that. It's an art thing.

EDIT: put it like this - compare a game dev interview with a film interview. We are seriously in a time when games are more important than films but the film world doesn't grasp that because they're used to shaving micro-points from everyone (through cinema, TV and fast food tie-ins - how many people buy the Happy Meal but don't see the movie until it's on regular TV?), instead of real income from people who've consciously decided to get involved (ie game buyers).

When the film people collectively realise that people have sufficient choice to ignore them altogether despite their transparent promotion then they're going to change their tunes. You may not see a 200 million dollar film for a couple of decades but that's probably a good thing. Show me a $200,000,000.00 movie and I'll show you one that could have been made for ten million with better actors, better effects and a better script. Okay, maybe fewer people would be happy going to see it at the cinema but so long as 6% do then you're ahead.
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Movie franchises
Aug 12, 2004, 16:27
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Um ... TRON was a movie, and I think the Monolith folks did a pretty amazing job of pleasing the fans with TRON 2.0. While I'd like to see more NOLF and original titles, I'm sure Monolith will do some pretty amazing stuff with the Warner Bros. movie franchises. But who knows?

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Aug 12, 2004, 16:33
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I'm sure Monolith will do some pretty amazing stuff with the Warner Bros. movie franchises.

Very true! I just think the flow could be two way.

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I think a lot of this has to do with WB owning The Matrix and Monolith developing the Matrix online. It looks as though the WB is committing itself to the Matrix franchise... though I personally don't think that's wise.

As for F.E.A.R., there shouldn't be any problems. Vivendi Universal Games is publishing it.

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FEAR was the first Monolith game I've looked forward to since SHOGO disappointed.
Did try NOLF a few months back, and what a laff riot that proved not to be. Overrated is putting it mildly.

I am sorry but YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!. Overrated my but. That was one of the best.. if the THE BEST FPS to come out since the origional Half Life. Tons of awesome characters, well scripted, good graphics, great level design..

Are you some kind of moron or what..



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Aug 12, 2004, 16:45
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PC gamers will miss all the good times and bittersweet memories shared with you, oh lovely Monolith. Once an original and creative developer, you've gone the way of the "Bungie."

Instead of posing nude, retaining your dignity, and still coming out of it with enough dough to pay the bills, you've moved on to softcore porn for more money and it's only inevitable until you start whoring yourself completely to cenile and rich old men who will throw you in the ditch without pity the second "Monolith Does Dallas" sales are down.
This is the E! True Hollywood story of Monolith.

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Now look what you've done. You've brought out one of the lesser minions of Derek Smart. Man, fix that crappy sig already.

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i want SHOGO 2 ... is that so much to ask? for all the anime power-armor mecha robot movies in the world there are like ZERO games in that vein... pisses me off... i want like a team based "Virtual On" or something

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"As for F.E.A.R., there shouldn't be any problems. Vivendi Universal Games is publishing it."

I doubt for long, watch how fast they breach that contract and pay off Vivendi Universal...as in Universal Studios.

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