In a case of art imitating art, Warner Bros. Studios and video game publisher Ubi Soft Ent. will create a persistent, virtual world that millions of people around the globe can jack into and participate. The two companies will co-publish The Matrix Online, the first massively multiplayer online game based on Warner Bros. Pictures’ blockbuster feature film franchise.
Under the terms of the worldwide exclusive deal, Ubi Soft will distribute and manage the live game operations while Warner Bros. oversees all story and content development. Both companies will supervise ongoing game development and marketing activities for the game. Following the beta test this year, The Matrix Online is expected to launch in 2004.
The Matrix Online promises to offer cutting-edge graphics, real-time martial arts combat and a rich storyline that picks up where The Matrix Revolutions, the third chapter in the film trilogy, leaves off.
The game is currently being developed for the PC by independent game developer Monolith Prods. and EON Entertainment, the company owned by Matrix creators the Wachowski Brothers.