Reading, UK - (September 19th, 2005) - The countdown to one of the biggest PC game launches this Fall has officially begun, as Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced the October 18th global street date for F.E.A.R. TM (First Encounter Assault Recon) from Sierra Entertainment. Additionally, VU Games unveiled plans to release an all-new F.E.A.R. multi-player demo in late September. The multi-player demo will follow on the heels of the hugely successful single-player demo that has reached more than 1.5 million downloads since its release in August, making it one of the most popular game demo downloads in history.
"As evidenced by the popularity of the single-player demo and the early critical praise from game reviewers, F.E.A.R. has already become the must-have game to own this Fall," said Philip W. O'Neil, Chief Operating Officer and President, North America for VU Games. "Delivering a global street date of October 18, 2005 will ensure that the game simultaneously hits retail shelves around the world on the same day and will enable hundreds of thousands of gamers to experience the thrill of F.E.A.R. together."
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). In August, the game earned the "Best PC Game" award at the 2005 Leipzig Games Convention in Germany.
Finally, VU Games announce that the European Edition will include exclusive content; The DVD will feature "FEAR behind the scenes documentary", "Developer's roundtable commentary video", "FEAR live action pre-quel movie" and "Machinima Movies series"
To get more information on F.E.A.R, or to download the demo, please visit www.whatisfear.com.
Senior PR Manager, VU Games UK