The deal is the first evidence of publishers ‘picking off’ unwanted franchises from Activision Blizzard – which is likely to sell more ex-Vivendi properties in the coming months.
Development control of F.E.A.R now returns to – the Warner-owned studio that was responsible for the original titles in the series.
Monolith created the first F.E.A.R for Sierra back in 2005, and began development of a sequel. However, the studio was then snapped up by Warner Bros. It retained the rights to the game’s technology – but Sierra kept ownership of the F.E.A.R name.
Warner will rename ‘spiritual’ F.E.A.R sequel Project Origin to F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin as a result of the deal.
The title is due for release in February next year.