Metaboli signs three-year deal with Epic

Metaboli signs three-year deal with Epic
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

April 6th 2009 at 11:37AM

Download distribution service to offer complete Unreal back catalogue

Metaboli has signed a deal with Epic that will see the entire Unreal series distributed digitally for a three-year period.

The complete shooter franchise, including Unreal Tournament 3 Black, will now be available on a download-to-own or subscription basis, through the Metaboli website and the company's Gametap and Games Planet services.

“This is the very first time Unreal Tournament 3 has been available for subscription, and we’re pleased to increase the availability of the Unreal series through this partnership with Metaboli,” said Jay Wilbur, vice president of Epic. “Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for players to access our content, and we hope to better serve the Unreal community through this arrangement.”

“We are more than proud to be able to provide to our customers the famous multiplayer-focused first-person shooter series started off in 1998,” added Pierre Forest, vice president of content of Metaboli. “In our experience, these are exactly the kind of games suitable for subscription as people are playing them again and again, month after month, thanks to the tremendous variety of maps and modes of play.”

Established in France in 2001, Metaboli offers various digital distribution models in both Europe and America. The company provides many games for download, including the Unreal titles, completely free of digital rights management software, promising more convenient gaming for customers.