When Capcom announced about this time last year that it had secured the publishing rights to the MotoGP motorcycle racing championship, it only did so on the PlayStation 2. THQ pumped out versions for the Xbox 360 and PC, last year, but Capcom is going full throttle with MotoGP from here on in. It has announced it has signed a four year licence to bring the racer to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC, PS2 and mobile platforms. Expect MotoGP 08 on anything and everything later this year. Hopefully featuring zombie riders. I might actually buy that!
Epically long press release with all the pertinent info follows.
CAPCOM SECURES EXCLUSIVE PLATFORM RIGHTS FOR MotoGPTM VIDEOGAMES THROUGH 2012
World’s Premier Motorcycle Racing Championship Game Comes Home to Capcom® for the Next Four Years
SAN MATEO, Calif — March 31, 2008 — Capcom®, a leading developer and publisher of videogames, today confirmed that it has secured exclusive worldwide rights to publish official videogames and create peripherals based on the world’s premier motorcycle racing championship, MotoGP™, through 2012. Capcom’s exclusive four year games licence covers all console formats, including PlayStation®2, PlayStation®Portable, Nintendo Wii™, Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, and PC. As part of the agreement, Capcom intends to initially publish titles based on the 2008 MotoGP season for the Xbox 360™ PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system, the Wii™ system from Nintendo, the PC platform and the PlayStation®2 system, plus versions for mobile handsets.
MotoGP is the world’s premier motorcycling championship consisting of 18 Grand Prix races hosted around the globe. It features top motorcycle manufacturers such as Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM and Aprilia, who provide machinery for the world’s best riders, including reigning World Champion Casey Stoner from Australia, American Nicky Hayden, Italy’s Valentino Rossi, and Spain’s Dani Pedrosa. The 2008 line up also includes Japan’s Shinya Nakano, plus newcomers for the new season, such as 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and last year’s World Superbike Champion, James Toseland, from the UK.
“We are very excited to have signed this long term agreement with Dorna Sports, which for the first time grants one publisher worldwide multi-platform rights to the adrenaline fuelled world of MotoGP,” said Mark Beaumont, executive vice president, officer and head of Capcom’s consumer software publishing in the Americas and Europe. “We feel this move to a single publisher will greatly benefit our ability to develop titles that deliver more authenticity and excitement to the consumer.”
“Capcom has already shown its ability to deliver a title that captures the essence of MotoGP and we look forward to working with them over the next five years,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports.
MotoGP is the world’s premier motorcycling championship, with a season of 18 Grands Prix in 15 countries, across four continents, bringing together the world’s top motorcycle manufacturers and an elite crop of riders from every corner of the globe. The sport is a spectacular show, featuring the most technologically advanced, high-speed racing machinery being ridden by the most fearless and skilful riders on the planet.
As a result of the growing interest in MotoGP in the United States, 2008 will see two Grands Prix in the U.S. for the first time in the history of the World Championship, with the introduction of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the legendary ‘Brickyard’ in September.
Dorna Sports was established in 1988 as an international sports management and marketing company. Headquarters are in Madrid, with offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo and over 150 dedicated staff. The company is owned by Bridgepoint Capital and its management. Dorna has been the exclusive holder of the commercial and television rights relating to the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) since 1992.
Dorna’s focus involves a 360° event management philosophy with direct involvement in all areas of the MotoGP World Championship: sporting (Relations with the FIM – the championship’s rights owners, local promoters, supervision of technical rules and relations with manufacturers and teams), media (TV production, TV coverage rights and all communications issues of the Championship) and commercial (commercial, licensing and corporate hospitality rights).
Dorna also has involvement in other top motorcycling events such as the Spanish National Championship (CEV).
MotoGP™ and © 2008 Dorna Sports, S.L. MotoGP and related logos, characters, names and distinctive likenesses thereof are the exclusive property of Dorna Sports S.L. and/or their respective owners. Used under licence. All rights reserved.
For further information about MotoGP please click through to www.motogp.com
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Mega Man® and Devil May Cry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about Capcom can be found on the company web site, www.capcom.com.
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