Paris, FRANCE â€“ April 13, 2005 â€“ Today Ubisoft, one of the worldâ€™s largest video game publishers, announced that it has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Beijing Pegasus Infinite Digital Culture & Media Co. Ltd. (Pegasus) to develop Massively Multiplayer Online video games (MMOG) based on the upcoming Chinese fantasy movie â€œThe Promiseâ€ (â€œWu Jiâ€). The closing of this agreement is subject to requirements to be met by the two parties.
Ubisoft and Pegasus will create a joint venture company to develop, promote and operate the game. The initial MMOG will be developed by Ubisoftâ€™s Shanghai studio. The game will be rolled out throughout eastern Asia, including Japan, South Korea and the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China where the genre has experienced enormous success.
An epic story about promise, betrayal, nations and love, set in the underworld of ancient China, â€œThe Promiseâ€ is directed by Chen Kaige and features an all-star cast with Cecilia Cheung, Jang Dong-Kun, Hiroyuki Sanada, Liu Ye, Nicholas Tse and Chen Hong. The movie is scheduled for release across Asia in December 2005.
â€œWeâ€™re delighted to be working with Pegasus on this exciting project,â€ stated Corinne LeRoy, managing director of Ubisoftâ€™s Shanghai studio. â€œThis deal is a testament to the increasingly recognized talent of our Shanghai studio, and we are certain that gamers across Asia will relive the emotions and history generated by the movie within a breathtaking universe.â€
â€œ â€˜The Promiseâ€™ is one of the most highly anticipated movie releases for 2005 and we are certain that the MMO game will be well-received by gamers across Asia that can appreciate the fantasy environment and evolving plot depth that only this genre can provide,â€ declared Mr. Sun Jianjun, Chairman of Pegasus.
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