Virgin returns to publishing

Once one of the biggest names in the games market, Virgin will self-publish where it can outside of Spain, or strike deals with other distributors.

“Last year we took our first move into local publishing, signing the film Torrente 3 for PS2 and PC,” Virgin Play boss, and former Virgin Interactive CEO, Tim Chaney told MCV. “The film went to No.1 in Spain, as did the game when it was released.”

Two further titles will appear this year: the gorefest Dead & Furious from French studio Dream On, which will enjoy a global release on Nintendo DS, and shooter Final Armada from South African team I-Imagine, which will be released Europe-wide on PS2 and PSP.

In co-operation with Filmax, Spain’s largest independent film distributor, Virgin Play is also releasing the game of animated  3D movie Donkey Xote. The PS2, PSP, DS and PC title will accompany the film’s release next year.

“We have been surprised by the very positive feedback to our release schedule in a difficult industry year,” added Chaney. “Combined with a sizeable improvement in our local market share as an independent distributor, 2006 is on course to be a record year for us.”

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