Disney Interactive has signed up France's Ubi Soft Entertainment to produce and distribute a video game adapted from its upcoming 3D animated feature Dinosaur, which is to be released in the US in May 2000.
Ubi Soft - which is one of France's leading multimedia companies, along with Infogrames and Cryo Interactive - is developing the game for all major platforms including Playstation, Playstation 2, Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo's Dolphin.
The company will also be handling worldwide distribution for the title, with Disney Interactive keeping rights to computer-based versions. The launch is to coincide with release of Dinosaur in the US (May 2000) and Europe (fourth quarter of 2000).
The group - created in 1996 by five brothers, Yves, Claude, Christian, Gerard and Michel Guillemot - has 16 foreign subsidiaries and is present in 50 countries including the US. It is active as a developer and distributor of games and entertainment/educational software as well as in the hardware/peripheral sector through Guillemot Corp. The company announced March 3 that it plans to sell $147m in new shares to finance its expansion, notably in Internet related activities.
Ubi Soft also distribute third-party game titles including Lucas Art's Indiana Jones and Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace and Gaumont's The Fifth Element and The Visitors, among others. It is also currently developing a game adapted from the Luc Besson-produced Taxi2.