French publisher, Darkworks reach 'mutual agreement' to shift development duties to Chinese studio.
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.
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! =)
looks like it could be good, but dam where is the next splinter cell? its been the longest gap between splinter cells ever.
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
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.
It's going to a good studio but I don't like change... and changes like this rarely seem to be a good thing.
Ubi Shanghai is great considering they did Tom Clancy's Endwar and Splinter Cell games. I'd say it's in good hands!
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.
Hope this game will be good but Ubi is awesome I love there games I have full confidence that this game will rule.
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
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.
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.
U are right doctor kaz, Ubisoft Montreal is probably the only thing that is not crap coming out from Montreal.
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.
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.
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