VU Games To Distribute inXile's Games In North America

by Thomas on Oct. 16, 2003 @ 8:27 a.m. PDT

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) and inXile entertainment today announced a North America distribution deal, commencing with inXile's first game in 2004 (known as "The Bard's Tale" outside of the U.S., final name in the U.S. pending trademark proceedings). Under terms of the contract, VU Games will distribute inXile's new original computer role-playing game (RPG) on multiple console platforms and the PC.

"'The Bard's Tale' is considered one of the great original RPGs, and we believe inXile is in a strong position to deliver a compelling modern-day game that will please fans of the classic original game, while cultivating an entirely new fan base," said Philip W. O'Neil, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for VU Games. "By pairing the latest technologies with great content and characters, The Bard's Tale is poised to become a hit with gamers."

"I'm pleased to be working with Vivendi Universal Games on our very first project at inXile," said Brian Fargo, founder and CEO of inXile entertainment. "VU Games has excellent distribution capabilities and a proven track record for delivering successful launches."

The original release of "The Bard's Tale" was produced by Brian Fargo and debuted in 1985 on the Apple II computer. Following its launch, the title quickly achieved both commercial success and critical acclaim. The original game and two sequels sold more than one million units worldwide combined and later spawned a series of books. The upcoming inXile game will be a truly innovative action-RPG experience with witty dialogue, stunning graphics and non-linear gameplay.

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