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Vivendi and Interplay settle distribution lawsuit

Publisher Interplay has reached a settlement in its lawsuit against Vivendi Universal Games over their distribution agreement in North America and Asia-Pacific, and the agreement will now be continued through August 2005.

Publisher Interplay has reached a settlement in its lawsuit against Vivendi Universal Games over their distribution agreement in North America and Asia-Pacific, and the agreement will now be continued through August 2005.

The lawsuit arose towards the end of September, when Interplay alleged that Vivendi had refused to pay monies due from the release of Lionheart [read more] and claimed to have terminated the agreement.

However, this suit has now been settled, and the distribution agreement is back on - with Vivendi set to distribute Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel on the PS2 and Xbox in the USA and Asia-Pacific markets shortly. The deal also sees Vivendi retaining exclusive distribution rights for Interplay titles through to August 2005.

"Our distribution agreement with Interplay has been a mutually beneficial and valuable partnership for both parties since 2001," according to VUG's senior VP for sales and marketing, Philip W. O'Neil. "We are pleased to have come to an understanding with Interplay and look forward to the upcoming launch of Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel."

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