<I>The Matrix</I> To Go Online As An MMOG14 May, 2003 By: Hive News
Warner Bros. Studios and game publisher Ubi Soft Entertainment have agreed to co-publish The Matrix Online, a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) based on Warner Bros. Pictures' Matrix property.
Under the terms of the worldwide exclusive deal, Ubi Soft will distribute and manage the live game operations of The Matrix Online, while Warner Bros. Studios will oversee all story and content development. Both companies will supervise ongoing game development and marketing activities.
"The Matrix Online is the perfect property to showcase Warner Bros. Studios' steadily increasing involvement in interactive entertainment, especially in the online space," said Kevin Tsujihara, EVP, corporate business development and strategy, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. "Drawing on our Studio's expertise as one of the world's premier content providers, The Matrix Online will offer gamers an experience simply not available anywhere else."
Following the beta test this year, The Matrix Online is expected to launch in 2004. Which works out well, since the creators promise the story will pick up where where The Matrix Revolutions, the third chapter in film trilogy, leaves off.
"Imagine if the Matrix existed today, if millions of people could enter a simulation so convincing, so real, that they believed it to be an actual place," said Ubi Soft vYves Guillemot. "Ubi Soft and Warner Bros. Studios will bring the Matrix universe to life - enabling gamers throughout the world to participate in the continuously evolving world of The Matrix Online."
Set in a virtual, persistent online universe in which millions of players around the globe can participate, the companies promise the game will feature cutting-edge graphics and real-time martial arts combat. Monolith Productions and EON Entertainment, the company owned by Matrix creators the Wachowski Brothers, are developing the game for PC.
"The Wachowski Brothers' vision for The Matrix is one that extends far beyond the theatrical trilogy and the world they have created is so rich that we've chosen to tell interconnected Matrix-related stories in multiple mediums," said Joel Silver, producer of the Matrix films. "Our goal in collaborating with Ubi Soft is to create a multiplayer online game that reflects the trilogy's highly stylized storytelling and innovative action, taking fans beyond the boundaries of the movie screen and into a 'persistent world' where they can fully explore the vast realm of the Matrix."
Released by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures in 1999, the action thriller The Matrix won four Academy Awards, broke Studio records with more than $475 million in worldwide theatrical receipts and was the first DVD title to sell a million units. To date, the title has accumulated worldwide DVD/VHS sales of $325 million.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will release the highly anticipated second and third chapters in the trilogy this year:. The Matrix Reloaded opens theatrically tomorrow, to be followed by The Matrix Revolutions in November. In addition, Warner Home Video will release The Animatrix, a collection of visual animated stories that delve further into the mindbending world of The Matrix and the characters who inhabit it, on DVD and VHS June 3.