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Ubisoft buys World in Conflict dev

Massive Entertainment moves hands from Activision-Vivendi merger - will the expansion finally come out?

Massive Entertainment, developer of the excellent RTS series World in Conflict, has been acquired by Ubisoft after the resulting mess of the Activision-Vivendi merger.

The assets and all employees at the Sweden-based studio will receive new contracts with Ubisoft.

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This adds the RTS to the list of other Vivendi games saved from the Acti-Blizz cull, including 50 Cent: Blood in the Sand (THQ), Ghostbusters and Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (Atari). Double Fine's Brutal Legend is yet to secure a new publisher deal, but it says the game "will be published by someone". Good to know.

"Massive's development team places great importance on its freedom to innovate and create games of the highest quality," said Massive founder Martin Walfisz of the deal. "We are fortunate to have found in Ubisoft a publisher who shares the same values and understands our mindset. I have no doubt that our future together will offer significant mutual benefit and synergy."

In case you've never played World in Conflict, it received high acclaim when it released last year, and is regarded as one of the best PC games of 2008.

Presumably this means that unreleased expansion Soviet Assault, which was due this year on Xbox 360 and PC, will finally see the light of day under Ubisoft.

That said, when we contacted the company it had no details to add on the possible add-on release.

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