EA Fills Lack of 'Bond' With 'Bourne,' Starbreeze Developing New Title

Electronic Arts has picked up the rights to publish games based on the work of Robert Ludlum, the author of the Jason Bourne series. The first game is being made by "Chronicles of Riddick" developer Starbreeze Studios.


Today Electronic Arts announced an exclusive, multi-year agreement with Ludlum Entertainment to create games based on the work of author Robert Ludlum. Ludlum is most famous for his Jason Bourne series, which inspired three hit films starring Matt Damon. The publisher also said that the first title under this deal, based on Jason Bourne, is already under development at Sweden-based Starbreeze Studios, whose work includes "The Darkness" and "The Chronicles of Riddick" games. No other details about the game were revealed.

The first Jason Bourne game, "The Bourne Conspiracy," was developed by High Moon Studios and released last June by Sierra Entertainment for Xbox 360 and PS3. However, following the Activision-Vivendi merger the rights were reverted back to Ludlum Entertainment, leaving the Bourne game license in limbo.

And if you recall, the last butt-kicking secret agent EA had a license with was Bond (...James Bond), which didn't go so well. In 2006, Activision acquired the license and since then, EA has been secret agent-less until now.

The full press release is below:


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.

For more information, please visit EA’s press Web site at http://info.ea.com


After "The Bourne Conspiracy," do you want to see another Bourne game? And do you think EA and Starbreeze will do well with this license?

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