Last week, when Midway filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, an immediate rumor arose: they may have opted to sell their promising IP, The Wheelman , to Ubisoft to net some much-needed income. Well, the rumor was half right.
Yesterday, Midway Games announced that it has "entered into a strategic relationship with Ubisoft to publish Wheelman ," the action/driving extravaganza that stars Vin Diesel as – you guessed it – a master wheelman. This deal puts Ubisoft in the PR seat; they will handle "sales, marketing, and distribution of the title" in most all major regions. At the same time, Midway "will continue to direct the development of the title and retains all future rights to the franchise and will sell the title in all other European territories." Now, at the time this rumor broke, we guessed that if anything significant changed in the production process of the game, it would experience a definite delay. However, the press release confirms that no such delay is imminent; The Wheelman is still scheduled to ship on March 24 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. We can also expect a demo for the PS3 and 360. Said Tony Key, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Ubisoft:
"We are pleased to be partnering with Midway to bring Wheelman to stores worldwide. The cutting edge open-world driving technology in Wheelman should make for an experience that gamers will enjoy."
So for those who have been anxiously anticipating the title, this is good news. We're hoping that Wheelman turns out to be a worthwhile action game; if it does, it could really help Midway's future, too. Cross your fingers.
Related Game(s): The Wheelman