I Am Alive moves to Ubi Shanghai

French publisher, Darkworks reach 'mutual agreement' to shift development duties to Chinese studio.

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I Am Alive may be cognizant, but it has hardly been active since Ubisoft used it to anchor its 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit press conference. It wasn't altogether surprising, then, when Ubisoft announced as part of its most recent financial report that the Darkworks-developed survival horror action game would not hit its spring launch target. Instead, I Am Alive is now expected to arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 during Ubisoft's 2009-10 fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010.

Today, a new wrinkle was cast on the development of I Am Alive. In a post to its Web site, Darkworks has confirmed that it has been removed from the project, and Ubisoft Shanghai is stepping up to finish the game.

"In order to respect the new launch date for this ambitious title, and Darkworks having other obligations, we have mutually decided to complete development of I Am Alive at Ubisoft Shanghai, as the two studios have collaborated on aspects of the title over the past year," reads the statement. "The team at Darkworks has respected its contractual obligations on the project and will be a part of the success of the game when it launches."

Based in Paris, France, Darkworks has previously been credited on Atari's Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (2001) and Ubisoft's Cold Fear (2005). No details were given on what the developer's "other obligations" might be. Having just wrapped up Tom Clancy's EndWar, Ubisoft Shanghai is best known for its work on the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell franchise.

Discussion

43 comments
LeoLex_
LeoLex_

WTF is going on with this game!!!!

boyd803
boyd803

man!! ubisoft professed on last june that the game is going to release on february, then they delayed to this summer and now is to be announce!!!!! hate when the game release date got delay nevertheless i still look foward to this ggreat game hoping it can be a magnificantly wonderful game when it come out! =)

M0wen10
M0wen10

I hate it when release dates are put back!

Hedfix
Hedfix

Splinter Cell's hiding in the shadows

imprezawrx500
imprezawrx500

looks like it could be good, but dam where is the next splinter cell? its been the longest gap between splinter cells ever.

subzero2010
subzero2010

I Am Alive Will Be Great With ( Ubisoft Shanghai ) We know That :) - Told Me Plz When Will Be Release ? I Wait For New Style Of A game, New Character, New Story , Amazing Graphic And Thnx DarkWorks For Developer Work Ubisoft Never Disappoint Any One To The Top Again :D

Hedfix
Hedfix

Wonder if this means they'll be sticking multiplayer on it?

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

This game looks kind of like a fallout 3, but without mutants, this game might be fun.

KA12NAG3
KA12NAG3

this looks like it could be good. i can't wait.

tudyniuz
tudyniuz

It looks good,but I bet it will be just another liniar experience

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Ubisoft. The #1 Publisher/Developer in my opinion.They publish and develop way more hits vs the amount of misses than any company I know of.

msudude211
msudude211

As long as production is still on, I'm unaffected.

INMATEofARKHAM
INMATEofARKHAM

It's going to a good studio but I don't like change... and changes like this rarely seem to be a good thing.

pk86
pk86

I think this game is in better hands now. I love Ubi Shangai games, they are more touchy.

Koi-Neon-X
Koi-Neon-X

Ubi Shanghai is great considering they did Tom Clancy's Endwar and Splinter Cell games. I'd say it's in good hands!

bdk0731
bdk0731

Ubi Shangai?... i don't like this change...

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Ubi Shanghai produced not so good games like SC : DA, End War.

Plo_Koon_basic
Plo_Koon_basic

every, T rated game and M rated game that UBI has come out with ever, has been great so this should be great, plus i like how the story is.

Red122
Red122

Hope this game will be good but Ubi is awesome I love there games I have full confidence that this game will rule.

UltraViolent9AD
UltraViolent9AD

I can't wait for this, it better be a third-person game.

Klarden
Klarden

oh... i was hoping to see the next creation by dev's of AITD:The new Nightmare and Cold Fear (games i love), not by dev's of Double Agent... Still, if the game was developed mostly in co-op between the two i see no reason for the game to be different from what it would've been if Darkworks wouldn't had left

DrMatta
DrMatta

@ miladesn2 overreacting much?

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

The idea is not that bad, at least i'm interested on it, and i dont really cared who makes the game, but, i'm concerned that we havent see anything about it, no gameplay at all, if you ask me, i think that we gonna see this game until Q4 2009.

stalepretzels
stalepretzels

man I hope this doesn't make the game turn out any less awesome.

jadefury27
jadefury27

looks like an attempt at a poor mans i am legend, and oh yeah i lked this idea the first time around on ps2 when it was disaster zone.

miladesn2
miladesn2

"Ubisoft Shanghai is best known for ruining Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell franchise. " FIXED

NightmareCV
NightmareCV

@Zerosumgame EA Montreal isnt bad, i loved Army of Two

Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

U are right doctor kaz, Ubisoft Montreal is probably the only thing that is not crap coming out from Montreal.

doctor_kaz
doctor_kaz

This game will suck horribly and this is a big disappointment. What Ubisoft Shanghai produces is utter crap compared to the material that comes out of Ubisoft Montreal.

jimbob_1977
jimbob_1977

Ubi Shanghai? The game is doomed. Damn you Ubi Montreal *turns away, shaking his head*

gusnitro
gusnitro

True. It looks like I am legend. It looks like it will be a better fallout 3 or something. Hopefully. But I'll hold judgment also.

VENOM192
VENOM192

This game looks great and will buy it for sure!

moose_knuckler
moose_knuckler

This game looks really cool, have to keep a closer eye on it when it gets closer to release.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

it looks like I Am Legend in the picture.

thanos723
thanos723

i'll hold judgment until closer to release

itwiz90
itwiz90

It might get developed right now, with a little delay. 8)

joesh89
joesh89

this is gonna get delayed now.