EA Nabs Ludlum Entertainment License, Starbreeze Working on New Bourne Game

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Another former Sierra property finds a new home today as EA has announced its acquisition of an exclusive multi-year license with Ludlum Entertainment to make games based on the works of the late Robert Ludlum — the headline Ludlum franchise of course being the Jason Bourne series. In fact, the first game to come out of this deal will be a new Bourne game, which I’m ecstatic to report has been entrusted to Swedish dev studio Starbreeze Studios. Ludlum Entertainment also currently has films in the works based on other books from the Robert Ludlum library with studios like Universal, MGM and Paramount, so don’t be surprised if EA works its movie tie-in magic to pump games out to accompany those projects.

“Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne is the most exciting action hero to emerge in decades, thrilling audiences around the world,” said Mike Quigley, group vice president of marketing, EA Games Label. “EA is excited to enter into a long-term relationship with Ludlum Entertainment, bringing the action, intrigue and intensity of Robert Ludlum’s fiction to life for casual and core gamers around the globe.”

“The continued global popularity of Robert Ludlum’s works is a testament to the care he lavished on his characters and storylines,” said Jeffrey Weiner, chairman and CEO of Ludlum Entertainment and executor of the Ludlum estate. “Robert Ludlum made thrilling stories accessible and real. EA has brought that same level of realism to the gaming world. We are confident EA’s unparalleled production ability and marketing reach will establish the Jason Bourne Series in games as powerfully and successfully as it exists in books and film.”

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