LOS ANGELES, CA â€“ (September 16th, 2005) â€“ The countdown to one of the biggest PC game launches this Fall has officially begun, as Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced the October 18th global street date for F.E.A.R. â„¢ (First Encounter Assault Recon) from Sierra Entertainment. Additionally, VU Games unveiled plans to release an all-new F.E.A.R. multi-player demo in late September. The multi-player demo will follow on the heels of the hugely successful single-player demo that has reached more than 1.5 million downloads since its release in August, making it one of the most popular game demo downloads in history.
â€œAs evidenced by the popularity of the single-player demo and the early critical praise from game reviewers, F.E.A.R. has already become the must-have game to own this Fall,â€ said Philip W. Oâ€™Neil, Chief Operating Officer and President, North America for VU Games. â€œDelivering a global street date of October 18, 2005 will ensure that the game simultaneously hits retail shelves around the world on the same day and will enable hundreds of thousands of gamers to experience the thrill of F.E.A.R. together.â€
Developed by Monolith Productions, F.E.A.R. is an intense first person close-quarters combat experience with rich atmosphere and an engaging, paranormal horror storyline. Already named â€˜Best Action Game of E3 2005â€™ by the E3Critics, F.E.A.R has been called â€˜Vivendiâ€™s classic-in-the-makingâ€™ and â€˜the PCâ€™s top shooterâ€™ by PC Gamer (September 2005). In August, the game earned the â€œBest PC Gameâ€ award at the 2005 Leipzig Games Convention in Germany.
Last week, VU Games announced that a special â€œDirectorâ€™s Editionâ€ DVD will be release in North America, which will include exclusive content. The DVD will feature a â€œMaking of F.E.A.R.â€ documentary, a developerâ€™s roundtable commentary video, live action â€œdeclassifiedâ€ interviews with Alma, and an exclusive F.E.A.R machinima episode from Rooster Teeth Productions of Red vs. Blue fame. Gamers who pre-order F.E.A.R. Directorâ€™s Edition DVD will also receive $5 off the final SRP when the game hits streets on October 18th.
To get more information on F.E.A.R, or to download the demo, please visit www.whatisfear.com.
F.E.A.R. has been rated â€œMâ€ for Mature by the ESRB.
About Monolith Productions
Monolith Productions, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, located in Kirkland, Washington, employs over 100 people. Over the past 10 years, Monolith has risen to critical acclaim through an emphasis on delivering quality products such as the No One Lives Forever franchise and Tron 2.0
About Vivendi Universal Games
Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets, and is an emerging player in mobile and wireless games. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard EntertainmentÂ®, Radical Entertainment, SierraÂ® Entertainment, Massive Entertainmentâ„¢ and Swordfish Studios. VU Gamesâ€™ library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including WarcraftÂ®, StarCraftÂ®, DiabloÂ® and World of Warcraftâ„¢ from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash BandicootÂ®, Spyro The DragonÂ®, Empire EarthÂ®, Leisure Suit Larryâ„¢, and Ground ControlÂ®. VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox and Ludlum Entertainment.