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Sony Animated Features Set for Ubisoft Videogames

Videogame publisher Ubisoft has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Consumer Products to publish games based on the first two 3D animated films from Sony Pictures Animation, OPEN SEASON and SURFS UP. It marks the first in a long-term interactive collaboration, as well as Ubisofts first foray into adapting CGI films. Terms were not disclosed.

Both games will be developed by Ubisoft's Montreal studio, with OPEN SEASON scheduled for a September 2006 release and SURF'S UP slated for summer 2007.

"The slate of films from Sony Pictures Animation offers tremendous opportunities to develop truly unique and entertaining games," said Yves Guillemot, ceo at Ubisoft. "Ubisoft's long-term agreement with Sony Pictures allows us to be part of the creative process from the very beginning, working closely with the animators and directors on the vision and tone of the games. We are amazed by the quality of their work and their stories, which will no doubt enthrall the public. Their films will entertain audiences both young and old, who we hope will relive their theatre experiences by interacting with the story through truly captivating games."

Ubisoft's award-winning Montreal studio will be developing the games in close collaboration with the production teams at Sony Pictures Animation to ensure the videogames are faithful renderings both artistically and narratively.

Ubisoft (www.ubi.com) is a leading international developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products.

Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP), a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Consumer Marketing (SPWCM), is based in Los Angeles and handles the merchandising and branding efforts for some of the most recognized properties in film and television.

Sony Pictures Animation is a division of Sony Pictures Digital.

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