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EA Acquire Ludlum Bourne License For Starbreeze Development

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Following on from the somewhat mediocre attempt made by Sierra last year (a guilty pleasure of mine actually due in no small part to the fight scenes), it appears that everybody’s favourite amnesiac rogue agent may once again get a shot at the gaming spotlight as EA have signed a multi-year deal to publish titles based on the works of Robert Ludlum and by proxy, titles based on the Jason Bourne character.

Gamers have cause to be be cautiously optimistic however, as the talent behind the new Bourne title is none other than Starbreeze Studio’s, the very same chaps responsible for the Riddick titles and 2007 horror FPS The Darkness.

Below is the official press release:


EA and Starbreeze Studios Working on All-New Jason Bourne Title

Guildford, UK – February 2, 2009 – Ludlum Entertainment has granted Electronic Arts, Inc (NASDAQ: ERTS) the exclusive worldwide license to create video games based on the works of Robert Ludlum, including the blockbuster Jason Bourne series. The first game to be released as part of the multi-year agreement is based on Jason Bourne and is currently in development with Starbreeze Studios in Uppsala, Sweden.

“Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne is the most exciting action hero to emerge in decades, thrilling audiences around the world,” said Mike Quigley, group vice president of marketing, EA Games Label. “EA is excited to enter into a long-term relationship with Ludlum Entertainment, bringing the action, intrigue and intensity of Robert Ludlum’s fiction to life for casual and core gamers around the globe.”

“The continued global popularity of Robert Ludlum’s works is a testament to the care he lavished on his characters and storylines,” said Jeffrey Weiner, chairman and CEO of Ludlum Entertainment and executor of the Ludlum estate. “Robert Ludlum made thrilling stories accessible and real. EA has brought that same level of realism to the gaming world. We are confident EA‘s unparalleled production ability and marketing reach will establish the Jason Bourne Series in games as powerfully and successfully as it exists in books and film.”

Ludlum Entertainment recently entered into a production deal with Universal Studios to produce films based on the dozens of books in the Robert Ludlum library, as well as films outside the library. The company currently has films in development at Universal, MGM, Paramount and with Summit Entertainment.

Video game veteran Matt Wolf will work with EA to oversee the creative development, production and positioning of the Ludlum Entertainment games portfolio. Ludlum entertainment was represented in the transaction by Keith Boesky of Boesky & Company.

Written by bitsnark

February 2, 2009 at 4:14 pm

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