by Erik Johnsen
The F.E.A.R. name was purchased from Activision Blizzard by Monolith Productions and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The F.E.A.R. name was previously owned by Sierra Games, who was acquired by Activision Blizzard earlier this year.
Sierra previously released expansions to the original title, F.E.A.R. Extraction Point and F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate, with developer TimeGate Studios. However, the F.E.A.R. technology was retained by Monolith Productions who has since gone forward to develop the sequel, called Project Origin.
The acquisition has prompted a name change. The game will now be titled F.E.A.R. 2 Project Origin, which currently has a projected release date of February 9, 2009 in North America and February 13, 2009 in Europe. The game will be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment SVP Samantha Ryan said, “The name addition builds upon the strong game recognition, which we will extend as we move forward reinventing the F.E.A.R. brand.
“F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin will continue the legacy of the original F.E.A.R. game with story and combat while adding new twists, gameplay and graphics to expand the players’ experience.”
Terms of the acquisition deal were not disclosed.