Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Acquires Exclusive Rights to Publish PlayStation 2 Computer Entertainment System Game Based On the Duke Nukem Franchise From 3D Realms.
Duke Nukem Products Have Grossed More Than US$140,000,000 in
Worldwide Wholesale Revenues
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) announced today that it acquired the exclusive worldwide rights to publish a game based on the popular Duke Nukem franchise from 3D Realms Entertainment, a division of Apogee Software, Ltd., for the PlayStation (R) 2 computer entertainment system.
Concurrently, Take-Two entered into a development agreement with n-Space, Inc., the developer of Duke Nukem: Time to Kill for the PlayStation (R) computer entertainment system. Take-Two expects to release a title based on the enlarging set of characters from the Duke Nukem franchise for the PlayStation (R) 2 computer entertainment system. Take-Two also has several other key titles in development for the PlayStation (R) 2 computer entertainment system.
Since being introduced in 1991, Duke Nukem products have sold more than four million units, making the Duke Nukem series one of the most popular brands in the entire game industry.
Ryan Brant, Chief Executive Officer, said, "Take-Two and Rockstar welcome the opportunity to continue the tradition of Duke Nukem. We believe that the addition of titles based on the Duke Nukem franchise to our portfolio strongly positions Take-Two and RockStar as premier content publishers for next generation platforms."
Scott Miller, head of Apogee, said, "Rockstar, like us, wants to break the rules and make a Duke console game that's as successful and innovative as the Duke PC titles. This takes real talent and commitment, and between Rockstar, Take-Two and n-Space I have no doubts about it happening."
Duke Nukem, while rearranging the cigar between his teeth, also had a few brief words: "Rockstar rocks. Hail to the king, baby."
Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is an integrated global developer, marketer, distributor, and publisher of interactive entertainment software games and accessories for the PC, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Nintendo Game Boy Color and the Sega Dreamcast. The Company publishes and develops products through various wholly owned subsidiaries including: Rockstar Games, TalonSoft, Joytech and DMA Design. The Company maintains a publishing and distribution partnership with, and 19.9% equity interest in, both Gathering of Developers and Bungie Software. The Company's Jack of All Games value added distribution arm maintains sales and marketing offices in Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Munich, Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Milan and Sydney. The Company owns and operates DVDWave.com, an Internet retailer of DVD movies.
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