Vivendi dumped by Interplay

Interplay announces the immediate termination of its distribution agreement with Vivendi Universal Games.

Interplay has recently announced the immediate termination of its distribution agreement with Vivendi Universal Games. Interplay also announced that it is considering legal action against VU Games to recover payments it believes it is owed and to address other claims resulting from the alleged failure of VU Games to perform under the terms of their agreement.

"In the interest of our company and its shareholders, we had no choice but to terminate this agreement," said Herve Caen, chairman and CEO of Interplay. "After several notifications to Vivendi of its failure to perform in accordance with the terms of our agreement and, in particular, in refusing to pay Interplay certain monies due following our latest release, Lionheart, we still did not receive the payments owed to us. We are currently evaluating several other distribution options. We fully expect to release two of our strongest titles, Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance 2 and Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel for Xbox and PlayStation 2 in the fourth quarter."

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