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Interplay Announces Sale Of 'Hunter: The Reckoning' Publishing Rights

by Thomas on March 14, 2003 @ 10:03 a.m. PST

Interplay Entertainment Corp. announced today the company has sold all future interactive entertainment publishing rights to the "Hunter: The Reckoning" franchise to Vivendi Universal Games. Interplay retains the rights to the previously published "Hunter: The Reckoning" titles on Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo GameCube. The "Hunter: The Reckoning" franchise is a property of White Wolf Publishing Inc.

Interplay Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Herve Caen said, "This sale represents another step in our turnaround. Since January 2002, our focus has been on improving our balance sheet and steering the company toward highly profitable content. What we have done with the Hunter franchise highlights many of Interplay's strengths: the ability to secure a license, create an acclaimed game franchise from scratch, then leverage that asset to fund future development of the company's core products like 'Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance,' the recently announced 'Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel,' 'Icewind Dale,' and several other soon-to-be-announced properties."

Interplay Entertainment is a leading developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for both core gamers and the mass market. Interplay develops games for personal computers as well as next generation video game consoles, many of which have garnered industry accolades and awards.

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