“>F.E.A.R. (review) was a great game, and its sequel, Project Origin, has been looking as if it would be a great game also, even if it’s been pushed back to next year. However, the rights to the game have always been a bit of a muddle.
The software developers owned the rights to the characters and world of the original game, whereas publisher Sierra owned the name (since they came up with it) and could make games set in the timeline of the original game. With Monolith being bought by publisher WB Games and with talk of Sierra making its own game under the F.E.A.R. 2 name, Monolith had a competition to name the sequel, and Project Origin was the winner.
With Sierra now seemingly being retired after its parent company Vivendi Games merged with Activision, WB Games and Monolith have swooped in to pick up the rights that Sierra held according to IGN. This means that they can finally brand the game under the F.E.A.R. title, ensuring that there won’t be any confusion when the game hits stores early next year. The newly announced release date sees the PC, 360, and PS3 versions all shipping simultaneously on February 10th next year.
The winning competition name is being kept as a subtitle, making the full title of the game now F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. As for that once rumored other follow-up that Sierra was making… if it ever existed, it almost certainly won’t see the light of day now.
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