In February, the studio Universal Studios announced it had signed a $5 billion deal with Sony for exclusive rights to the upcoming “Godzilla,” a monster movie franchise that the studio hopes will lead to a billion-dollar worldwide gross.
The studio also said that Universal would license the franchise to other studios for future releases.
“We have a long history of doing this, and the fact that we are now officially a part of a larger group of developers makes this all the more exciting,” said Universal Studios president Michael Eisner in a statement at the time.
“The deal will allow us to expand our creative vision, build a global franchise and expand our worldwide footprint.”
That same month, the same studio announced it would release its first game, “ZombiU,” on March 23.
And in March, Sony’s own Sony Online Entertainment announced it was acquiring “Zombie Studios” — a studio based in Atlanta that was responsible for the “Tomb Raider” and “Zoo Tycoon” franchises.