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Beth Soft Signs Publishing Agreement With Take-Two

Posted by: Charlie at 2/3/2005 2:41 PM
Bethesda Softworks has announced that the next entry in its Elder Scrolls franchise will be published by Take-Two interactive. Oblivion is the successor to Morrowind and features an even larger adventure, filled with more to do and more to see.

Under this agreement Beth Soft maintains all the rights to the Elder Scrolls and Oblivion name. To us, this is a great move that will give Beth Soft more exposure and provide Take-Two with more ammunition in the fight against EA.


Bethesda Softworks® Signs Co-Publishing Agreement

with Take-Two Interactive for The Elder Scrolls® IV: Oblivion™

(Rockville, MD) - February 3, 2005 - Bethesda Softworks LLC, a ZeniMax Media company, today announced it has signed a co-publishing agreement with Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) covering North American and European distribution of its highly anticipated game, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the sequel to the best-selling and critically acclaimed The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind®. Bethesda Softworks will maintain control over development of Oblivion and continues to own all rights to the Elder Scrolls franchise.

Commenting on the new arrangement, Vlatko Andonov, President of Bethesda Softworks, said, “We are very excited to be able to enhance our own publishing capabilities through this partnership with Take-Two for Oblivion. Take-Two Interactive has an outstanding sales and distribution network worldwide, and as a result of this agreement, Oblivion will be able to reach the largest audience possible.”

In development since 2002, Oblivion represents another huge leap forward in role-playing with its combination of freeform gameplay and cutting-edge graphics. Oblivion is the sequel to award-winning Morrowind, named 2002 RPG and Game of the Year for both PC and Xbox®. Oblivion has been included in numerous lists of the most anticipated games of 2005, and has recently been featured on the covers of magazines around the world, including Game Informer and PC Gamer in the United States. For more information visit www.elderscrolls.com.

“We are delighted to be working as co-publisher with Bethesda Softworks to help maximize sales of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion,” said Christoph Hartmann, Senior Vice President of Publishing for 2K Games. “Being selected by Bethesda to work with a title that is as highly anticipated by both PC and console gamers worldwide as Oblivion is a testament to 2K Games’ capabilities in successfully managing AAA titles.”

In addition, Bethesda and Take-Two have signed a separate co-publishing agreement for Take-Two to distribute Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earthâ„¢, a first-person horror game that combines intense action and adventure elements. The title is based on the works of fiction writer, H.P. Lovecraft, and has already won a number of awards, including being named one of the Best Games at E3. For more information about Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, visit www.callofcthulhu.com.

About Bethesda Softworks®
Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, Bethesda Softworks LLC is a premier developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software and has produced numerous award-winning titles, most recently with the 2002 PC and Xbox® Game of the Year and RPG of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrrowind®. Among Bethesda’s more popular franchises are The Elder Scrolls® series, Fallout®, and the IHRA Drag Racing series, as well as its licensed property, Pirates of the Caribbean™. Its product line spans the sports, racing, RPG, strategy, and action genres. Bethesda Softworks is a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media Inc. For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit www.bethsoft.com.



About Take-Two Interactive Software

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is an integrated global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment software games and accessories for the PC, PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP™ handheld entertainment system, Xbox®, Nintendo GameCube™ and Game Boy® Advance. The Company publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar Games, 2K Games and Global Star Software; and distributes products in North America through its Jack of All Games subsidiary. Take-Two also manufactures and markets video game accessories in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region through its Joytech subsidiary. The Company maintains sales and marketing offices in Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Vienna, Milan, Sydney, Breda (Netherlands) and Auckland. Take-Two's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO.

For more corporate and product information visit www.take2games.com.

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