LOS ANGELES - (November 23, 2005) - Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced the first stage of continued post launch support for Sierra Entertainment's award-winning F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon), one of the most critically acclaimed PC games of 2005 and named "Best First Person Shooter of 2005" at the recent Spike TV Video Game Awards.
The post launch support begins Wednesday, November 23rd with the launch of the F.E.A.R. SDK (Software Development Kit), allowing consumers to create their own custom content for both single and multiplayer aspects of F.E.A.R. Also available now is the F.E.A.R. stand-alone server software for both Linux and Win32.
VU Games is also pleased to announce that as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the in-game experience for gamers, a deal has been signed to incorporate the Punkbuster Anti Cheat software into F.E.A.R. . Other updates planned for 2006 include additional multiplayer maps and game types, along with a 'votekick' option.
Developed by Monolith Productions, F.E.A.R. is an intense first person close-quarters combat experience with rich atmosphere and an engaging, paranormal horror storyline. Already named 'Best Action Game of E3 2005' by the E3Critics, F.E.A.R. has been called 'Vivendi's classic-in-the-making' and 'the PC's top shooter' by PC Gamer (September 2005) who also gave the title 92% and the 'Editors Choice' award. F.E.A.R has also received 'Editors Choice' awards from GameSpot.com (9.1 out of 10) and IGN.com (9.2 out of 10).
To get more information on F.E.A.R., or to download the demo, please visit www.whatisfear.com. To download the SDK and server software, please visit www.fearfans.com. For more information on PunkBuster, please visit www.punkbuster.com.
F.E.A.R. has been rated 18 by the BBFC.
About Monolith Productions
Monolith Productions, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, located in Kirkland, Washington, employs over 100 people. Over the past 10 years, Monolith has risen to critical acclaim through an emphasis on delivering quality products such as the No One Lives Forever franchise and Tron 2.0
About Vivendi Universal Games
Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets, and is an emerging player in mobile and wireless games. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment®, Radical EntertainmentTM, Sierra® Entertainment, Massive EntertainmentTM and Swordfish Studios. VU Games' library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including Warcraft®, StarCraft®, Diablo® and World of Warcraft® from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash Bandicoot®, Spyro The Dragon®, Empire Earth®, Leisure Suit LarryTM, and Ground Control®. VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox and Ludlum Entertainment.