Activision have been granted the rights to create videogames under the James Bond licence by MGM and EON Productions...
Activision Acquire James Bond Video Game Rights
3rd May 2006
Activision today announced that they are under license to produce
James Bond video games until 2014. Activision officially announced
the news in a press release today.
MGM Interactive and
EON Productions Ltd. have awarded Activision Inc. the rights to
develop and publish interactive entertainment games based on the
James Bond license through 2014.
marriage of best-in-class intellectual property and next-generation
gaming expertise continues the Bond franchise's long legacy
of providing thrills to audiences around the globe. Since
the initial release of Dr. No in 1962, James Bond films
have grossed more than $3.6 billion theatrically worldwide
and approximately 30 million units of video games based
on the world of James Bond have been sold to date. James
Bond continues to delight audiences worldwide with a quintessential
blend of action, glamour and sophisticated style synonymous
with top secret agent 007.
"James Bond is the ultimate action movie franchise, and we look forward to establishing a long-term relationship with MGM and EON," said Mike Griffith, president and CEO of Activision Publishing Inc. "The James Bond franchise creates tremendous global expansion opportunities for Activision as it is one of the few video game licenses that appeals equally to domestic and international consumers. James Bond storylines are rich with style, drama and action, all of which lend themselves perfectly to developing extraordinary games that capture the thrill of being the most celebrated secret agent in the world."
Under the terms of the agreement, Activision will obtain the worldwide rights to create video games for all current and next-generation consoles, PC and hand-held platforms. The license will grant Activision the right to develop and publish games based on all of the James Bond movies, as well as non-movie based games.
"MGM Interactive continues to work with best in class publishing and development teams, to ensure we deliver both memorable and fully immersive interactive gaming experiences for both core and mass-market gamers," said Travis Rutherford, MGM's executive vice president, Consumer Products and Location-Based Entertainment. "Activision's proven expertise in developing cutting edge games, their core competency in managing large movie franchises combined with the global appeal of the James Bond property, will create a new benchmark for the next-generation gaming experience. We are excited to be partnered with Activision and look forward to a long and mutually successful partnership."
"Activision's track record of developing engaging and sophisticated games across all platforms makes it the ideal partner to introduce the Bond videogame experience to a new generation of game players, as well as to provide new thrills and excitement for the legions of people who are already fans of the Bond films and games," said David Pope, CEO of EON Productions Limited, maker of the James Bond films.
Gaming website ShackNews
reports that when contacted about the specific details of the
agreement, Activision said that the Bond rights will not become
exclusive to the publisher until September 2007. Presumably, until
that point, EA will still be able to release its own Bond games.
However, based on comments made by an EA representative speaking
to Shacknews, the company may not want to. Apparently, EA simply
opted out of the exclusivity agreement based on a desire to move
away from licensed properties:
"EA had an agreement
that was set to expire in 2009 (sic). We decided to conclude our
agreement with [licensors] MGM and EON. It was a good relationship,
and we made a lot of great games over the years. Movie games will
always be a part of our portfolio, but EA is moving away from
licensed properties and committing our studios more towards internal
IP. The resources and creative control afforded by fully owned
properties allow us to deliver the kinds of game experiences our
MGM returned Shacknews' request for comments, going into a bit
more detail as far as the reason for the license change. With
EA's previously noted change in focus away from licensed properties,
MGM put the Bond property on the market for a select group of
major publishers and allowing Activision to pick up the rights.
It is unlikely that any new Bond games will surface before Activision's
exclusivity begins in 2007. This, combined with what an MGM representative
described as more of a focus on narrative in the upcoming Bond
film Casino Royale, means that we will not be seeing a new Bond
video game until the film following Casino Royale.