Ubisoft Now Co-publishing Midway's Wheelman

By Chris Faylor, Feb 18, 2009 12:15pm PST As Midway's spiral into bankruptcy continues, Ubisoft has announced that it will be handling the sales, marketing and distribution of Wheelman in most major markets.

In development at Midway's Newcastle studio, the driving-action game starring "action-film megastar" Vin Diesel will hit PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 24. Previously, Midway was set to handle all publishing duties for the title.

An Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 demo of Wheelman is expected before its release.

Specifically, Ubisoft will be responsible for the game's sales, marketing and distribution in North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Under the deal, Midway retains its future rights to the franchise, and the ability to sell the game in all other European territories.

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  • Don't care what people say... this game looks really sweet to me. I also read that the car-fighting mechanics is pretty sweet, how you can ram at other cars to send them crashing and shooting from behind the windshield in slow-mo pickin' off targets.. It really sounds good to me as long as they have the on-foot sections as polished as I'm led to believe the car-driving is.

    What I'm super glad to hear is that they didn't make it a part of the Driver franchise, which Ubisoft owns.. because those games sucked after the 2nd one and even it was plagued with HORRIBLE almost unplayable slowdown. The Driver franchise doesn't deserve to be revitalized by the talents of another team... I think this game should be allowed to sink or swim on it's own merits and accomplishments.