Customized Controllers and Accessories to Support Highly-Anticipated
Launches of Assassin's Creed(TM) and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction(TM)
SAN DIEGO, June 19 /CNW/ - Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (AMEX/TSX: MCZ), a
leading third-party video game accessory provider, today announced that it has
entered into a license agreement with Ubisoft, one of the world's largest
video game publishers to produce a new line of customized controllers and
other related accessories to support the upcoming launches of Assassin's Creed
and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction video games.
The Assassin's Creed franchise combines compelling gameplay, superb
graphics, and an immersive and sophisticated storyline to deliver an epic
experience that will launch the action genre into the next generation and
beyond. The first game in the Assassin's Creed franchise is set in 1191 AD,
when the Third Crusade is tearing the Holy Land apart and the Assassins intend
to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. Players,
assuming the role of the main character Altair, will have the power to throw
their immediate environment into chaos and to shape events during this pivotal
moment in history.
In Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction, the latest release in Tom
Clancy's best-selling Splinter Cell(R) series, Special Operative Agent Sam
Fisher(TM) drops his classic goggles and black suit in favor of a more
civilian appearance as he finds himself thrust into the role of fugitive in
Washington, D.C. Ubisoft's Tom Clancy video games are consistently among the
best-selling and most critically acclaimed video game titles in the industry.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six(R), Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and Tom Clancy's Ghost
Recon(R) games have sold more than 45 million units worldwide to date.
Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz,
commented, "This agreement with Ubisoft is an excellent opportunity to align
Mad Catz' proven ability to produce innovative licensed products and
accessories with the highly-anticipated launch of the initial title of the
Assassin's Creed franchise as well as the newest game in the best-selling Tom
Clancy's Splinter Cell series.
Ubisoft has a track record of developing engaging, strong-selling video
game brands and we look forward to enhancing the gaming experience by
producing controllers and accessories that capture the intensity and
excitement of both of these titles."
Mad Catz will develop new stylish video game controllers, faceplates and
Console Skinz(TM) featuring the logos and characters of each title.
The Mad Catz products for Assassin's Creed and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
Conviction will be available on all released platforms of the games. Products
and accessories supporting both launches will be available at online video
game retailers and wherever video game accessories are sold.
For more information or for high definition photos of the products,
please visit www.madcatz.com.
About Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
Mad Catz is a worldwide leader of innovative peripherals in the
interactive entertainment industry. Mad Catz designs and markets accessories
for video game systems and publishes video game software, including the
industry leading GameShark brand of video game enhancements. Mad Catz has
distribution through most leading retailers offering interactive entertainment
products. Mad Catz has its operating headquarters in San Diego, California and
offices in Canada, Europe and Asia. For additional information go to
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive
entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong
and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in
21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is
committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to
consumers. Ubisoft generated sales of 680 million Euros for the 2006-2007
fiscal year. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.
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(C) 2007 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Assassin's Creed,
Sam Fisher, Splinter Cell, Splinter Cell Conviction, Ghost Recon, Ubisoft, and
the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or
other countries. Rainbow Six is a trademark of Red Storm Entertainment. Red
Storm Entertainment, Inc. is a Ubisoft Entertainment company.
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