Corp. today announced that BioWare Corp., which specializes in
creating computer and console video games, has signed a deal with
Microsoft® Game Studios to develop an exclusive first-party Xbox
game to be published by Microsoft. BioWare is known for its
extremely popular "Baldur's Gate" role-playing game (RPG)
series, of which more than 4 million copies have been sold
worldwide. Currently BioWare, in conjunction with LucasArts
Entertainment Company LLC, is developing an RPG for the Xbox video
game system titled "Star Wars: Knights of the Old
Republic." BioWare recently released "Neverwinter
Nights," which debuted at No. 1 in North America and remained
there in its first two weeks at retail.
"I'm very excited about this new alliance between Microsoft and
BioWare," said Ed Fries, vice president of Xbox Game Content at
Microsoft Game Studios. "These guys are some of the most
creative developers in the world. We're looking forward to working
with them to bring the creativity and great gameplay they're known
for to Xbox."
"This opportunity to work on a brand-new intellectual property
owned by BioWare as a first-party Xbox developer for Microsoft is
very exciting to us," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, joint CEO of
"Microsoft clearly shares BioWare's vision in creating
first-rate games, and the team at BioWare is looking forward to
working with it," said Dr. Greg Zeschuk, joint CEO of BioWare.