Bourne Video Game Rights Go Back to Ludlum Entertainment
Since Activision Blizzard merged with Vivendi, the company has been looking to unload some of the IPs and rights they acquired. Now it seems the video game rights to Robert Ludlum’s work (most notably, the Bourne series) have gone back to Ludlum Entertainment. Of course, the only game to come out of these rights was The Bourne Conspiracy, which was just released this past June. Still, it sounds like Ludlum Entertainment isn’t done with Bourne as a video game franchise just yet:
“Robert Ludlum’s thrilling stories hold vast international appeal and with their successful translation to both the big screen and the game console, they represent the backbone of one of the leading multi-media entertainment franchises in existence today,” said Jeffrey Weiner, Chairman & CEO of Ludlum Entertainment and Executor of the late-author’s estate. “Our colleagues at Vivendi Games did a tremendous job of capturing the spirit and allure of Robert Ludlum’s writing with The Bourne Conspiracy and the gaming community’s strong response is clear indication that future Ludlum games will deliver both popularity and profitability for years to come.”
I love how he describes how great Ludlum’s stories are, and practically in the same breath mentions a game that practically ignored all of that. Still, I wouldn’t mind another Bourne game, so long as they put something int there more compelling than just the brutal takedowns.