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Huxley: The Dystopia

Platform(s): PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: WebZen

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WEBZEN Sells Chinese 'Huxley' Rights for $35 Million

by Rainier on Feb. 12, 2007 @ 11:34 a.m. PST

Huxley is a massively multiplayer online first person shooting game (MMOFPS) utilizing the UNREAL3 engine that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. Human beings have mutated and are divided into two opposing races, Sapiens and Alternative, who are forced to battle against one another to gain control of the world and its resources.

The total projected amount of the agreement for Huxley's distribution and service rights is estimated at $35 million. This includes the down payment and a minimum guarantee for a three-year period, while the royalty rate is set at 22% for the duration of the contracted term. The agreement covers the PC version of the game.

With additional profit sharing, such as revenues from in-game advertisements, the value of this contract is believed to be the largest export transaction for a single game to a single country for a Korean game developer.

"With this first deal in China, we are confident that we will continue to have additional Huxley contracts in other territories around the world," said Nam Ju Kim, chief executive officer, Webzen, Inc. "We expect that Huxley will emerge as a flagship title for WEBZEN, based on its high anticipation in Korea, China, the U.S. and other key markets."

Huxley marks the third Webzen game to be licensed to The9 in China. Following behind The9's successful launch, operation and marketing support of MU, Webzen granted the Chinese game provider the rights to Soul of the Ultimate Nation, which is currently in closed beta testing in China.

A launch date for Huxley in China has not been announced, but the game is scheduled to launch its PC version in Korea later this year.

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