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'Largo Winch' Announced for PC, PS2 and XBox

by Thomas on Feb. 13, 2002 @ 12:38 p.m. PST

Ubi Soft proudly announces of a five-year licensing agreement with Dupuis Publishing to bring the world of Largo Winch to video games. Ubi Soft will develop and publish an adventure game for the PlayStation 2, PC and X-Box in September 2002.

Largo Winch to be released in PlayStation® 2, PC and X-box format

Created by scriptwriter Jean Van Hamme and artist Philippe Francq, Largo Winch is one of the greatest comic book success stories in recent years: since 1990, when the first book was released on the market, 2.3 million copies have been sold. In 1998, the book Voir Venise was the best-selling comic book in France, and the fourth-best seller overall in French bookstores. In addition, a series of 26 television episodes adapted from the world of Largo Winch was aired in France starting March 2001 and will be aired in Europe this Fall.

The world of Largo Winch lends itself perfectly to video games: the character is the epitome of the ultimate hero, and his adventures are packed with action and suspense. In the beginning, Largo - a Yugoslavian orphan - is adopted by the world's wealthiest man, who is in search of an heir. When his adoptive father dies, the now 26-year-old Largo inherits the Winch Corporation, a financial consortium worth more than 10 billion dollars. Drawn to the challenge of presiding over such a vast empire, Largo takes over from his father, and plunges headfirst into a new, unexpectedly vicious world.

The Largo Winch world's prime target is the 15-35-year-old audience, so Ubi Soft will add this game to its young adult range. The games will stay true to the world of Largo Winch: based in a setting of wealth and privilege, and including a significant financial element, this thought-provoking console game mixes adventure and action.

Are you ready to take control of the greatest conglomerate ever owned by one man?

About Ubi Soft® Entertainment
Ubi Soft Entertainment is a global producer, publisher and international distributor of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the industry, Ubi Soft's strong and diversified line-up has grown considerably. As well as developing original properties, Ubi Soft has also steadfastly partnered with several high-profile companies. The group is dedicated to delivering consumers with quality videogame titles in order to favour the sharing of strong emotion. Founded in 1986, the company has offices in 18 countries including the United States, Canada, France, Germany and China and sells its products in a total of 52 countries. Ubi Soft generated turnover of FF 1.2 billion for the 99/2000 fiscal year, up 40.7% over the previous fiscal year, and net consolidated income of FF 71.8 million, up 75.2% over 98/99.

About Dupuis
Founded in 1898, Dupuis Publishing is France's leading comic book publisher. The heroes, both old and new, who have sprung from their pages are known around the world: Spirou, Gaston Lagaffe, Billy the Cat, Lucky Luke, the Smurfs, the Blue Tunics, Yoko Tsuno, Buck Danny, Papyrus...and of course Largo Winch. In 1992 Dupuis drew from this prestigious catalogue when setting up a multimedia department with its own creation and production studio. This strategic diversification enables Dupuis to build on its comic book capital as either an active partner in co-productions or as a producer-the case with Largo Winch.

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