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Ubi Soft and Fox Int. Go Ape..

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2001 @ 9:03 p.m. PDT

Ubi Soft® Entertainment, Fox Interactive and Visiware announced today they have signed a worldwide accord to publish games based on the classic novel "Planet of the Apes" written by Pierre Boulle, and which will feature elements from the classic “Planet of the Apes” film franchise.

Ubi Soft and Fox Interactive kick off a global partnership, bringing Planet of the Apes to video games.The Planet of the Apes action-adventure games are scheduled to be released around the world on PC in September 2001, followed by a GAME BOY® Advance and GAME BOY® Color version in November 2001. This partnership marks the first adaptation of the popular film series into interactive games.

Considered classics today, the novel was first published in 1963 and the first of the original five Planet of the Apes movies was released in 1968 starring Charlton Heston. The games are based on original stories intertwining the first film, “Planet of the Apes” and the second film, “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” and draws upon the richness of the novel and the classic films.

“Signing with Visiware and Fox, a well-known partner in the movie and interactive industries, enables Ubi Soft to pursue its strategy of creating games from strong properties”, said Alain Corre, Managing Director for Europe, Asia Pacific and South America, Ubi Soft Entertainment. “The games are sure to surprise and thrill even the most diehard fans of Planet of the Apes!”

Based on its license from Visiware, Ubi Soft is developing the GAME BOY® Color and GAME BOY Advance versions of the game. The GAME BOY® Advance version will utilize the console's advanced features combining extraordinary graphics special effects, scrolling effects, and photo-quality images. The PC and PlayStation® versions are developed by Visiware.

About Ubi Soft

Ubi Soft Entertainment is an international producer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. It leads the field in offering a diversified and constantly expanding product line. Ubi Soft develops its own products and also works in co-operation with well-known developers. The group's objective is to provide the public with top-quality entertainment software that encourages users to share intense emotions. Created in 1986, Ubi Soft has a presence in 19 countries, including the United States, Canada, Germany and China. The group distributes its own products and those of third-party producers in 50 countries. Ubi Soft posted sales of 260 million euros for the financial year 2000/2001, an increase of 39.4% over the previous year, and its consolidated net earnings totalled 4.6 million euros.

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.

About Visiware

Visiware today is one of the main players on two fast growing markets: interactive television and online episodic games. The company has bet on the increasing convergence of different interactive platforms: TV, PC, consoles, Internet, mobile telephony, etc. Visiware’s mission is to become the leader in the convergence technologies. The company possesses a unique experience, a real head start in technology and proposes a huge catalogue of mass market interactive products. The company has an impressive portfolio of clients and partners among which one can mention: Canal Satellite, TPS, Eurosport International, Fox Kids Europe, Canal +, Fox Interactive, France Télécom C®ble, Infogrames, NTL, Crave, Liberate, Mediakabel, Digiturk, Via Digital, OpenTV, Havas Interactive, Viaccess,...

 

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