The Hulk 2 Game Confirmed!

Tuesday, February 10 2004

Posted on Variety

Looks like it's good news for fans of the Hulk Video Game. Vivendi Universal Games and Radical Entertainment just signed a six game development deal. First up is a sequel to the Hulk. From Variety:

A radical approach

VU Games, 'Simpsons' adapter ink dev't deal

By BEN FRITZ

In its first big move since a recent exec shuffle, Vivendi Universal Games has signed an exclusive development deal with Radical Games, the company behind hit Hollywood adaptations "Simpsons: Hit and Run" and "The Hulk."
First on the roster is a "Hulk" sequel that will carry forward the story of the original game, which was tied to last summer's U pic and sold over 1.3 million units.

Multiyear deal will give VU Games exclusive rights to publish six multiplatform titles to be developed by Radical using VU Games intellectual property. Several of the titles are likely to be based on properties from Universal Pictures or NBC, with whom VU Games has a multiyear first-look deal. A sequel to "Simpsons: Hit and Run," which sold over 1.8 million units, is also likely.

Along with the exclusive right to publish Radical-developed games, deal gives VU Games the option to purchase Radical during the contract's term. VU Games prexy and chief operating officer Luc Vanhal said such a move is likely if the two companies work well together.

"Our goal is to bring some very strong console development teams inhouse,"
he explained. "With last year's uncertainty, we haven't been able to execute on that. But now our major shareholder has reconfirmed its interest and this is a first step back in that direction."

Viv U attempted to sell off its games division last year at the same time it unloaded Universal Pictures to NBC. After it failed to get an offer it considered acceptable, believed to be around $1 billion, company recently brought on longtime entertainment exec Bruce Hack to take over as CEO and said it would devote new resources to grow VU Games, which performed poorly last year amid the corporate chaos.

Radical will continue to operate out of its Vancouver headquarters.

And from the Hollywood Reporter:

VU goes Radical with vid games

Feb. 10, 2004

By Chris Marlowe

Vivendi Universal Games and video game developer Radical Entertainment announced a worldwide agreement Monday that confirms the French conglomerate's belief in its gaming future.

The core of the multiyear deal is that Radical will develop products exclusively for VU Games. For its part, VU Games will obtain a royalty-free license to Radical's proprietary game development technologies. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

It goes deeper than that exchange, however. Luc Vanhal, VU Games' North American president and chief operating officer, pointed out that his company also obtained an option to purchase Radical.

"This is a step in our development of bringing key titles in-house," Vanhal said. "They are a developer that delivers great games with mass appeal, on budget and on time. On top of that they have great technology, and a great engine for us to be using."

The deal is also VU Games' first since Bruce Hack was named CEO in January.
At the time, Hack said the video game unit was not for sale and instead would be revitalized.

Monday's announcement was evidence of this, Hack said: "Our agreement with Radical demonstrates VU Games' commitment to strengthening our development capabilities."

Vanhal added that Radical has one PC development team and four console teams, where VU Games has no in-house console developers.

He likened the purchase option to an engagement to test compatibility before marriage. "This is a prudent step," Vanhal said. "In the gaming industry, a lot of people have gone wrong due to relationships that go sour."

VU Games and Radical Entertainment most recently collaborated with Fox Interactive on "The Simpsons: Hit & Run," the critically acclaimed game that has sold more than 1.8 million units worldwide since its September release.

"Radical has a very successful track record in turning television and movies into successful games," Vanhal said. "We wanted to bring on a developer that could understand our creative people."

Six multiplatform games are guaranteed to result from the alliance during the next three years. One will be a sequel to "The Hulk," which has sold more than 1.3 million units since October. Another will be based on an as-yet unidentified older Universal movie. Details of the other four were not made available.

"We've had tremendous success working with (VU Games) over the past few years," Radical Entertainment chairman and CEO Ian Wilkinson said. "Our team is very excited about today's announcement and the new titles in development."

Radical Entertainment was founded in 1991. It has about 200 employees and is headquartered in Vancouver. In November, Radical Entertainment won the New Media and Entertainment category at the 2003 British Columbia Export Awards for its contribution to the province's economy.

VU Games development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment, Coktel, Fox Interactive, Knowledge Adventure, Massive Entertainment and Sierra Entertainment. It also has strategic partnerships with Interplay, inXile Entertainment, Majesco and Mythic Entertainment.

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