Manchester, England - Leading Japanese Formula One racing simulation video game developer and publisher, Video System, today announced a Pan European distribution deal with Konami of Europe GmbH, for the upcoming Dreamcast release of the highly anticipated F1 World Grand Prix II and F1 World Grand Prix 2000 for PlayStation 2.
"The deal was confirmed at E3 2000," says Video System's CEO Koji Furakawa. "Konami have experienced an excellent year, and from what I've seen of the rest of their 2000 line-up, I am sure they will distribute F1WGP2 to the best of their abilities. We were seeking a distributor who has strong links throughout all the European territories, and Konami came up trumps."
F1 World Grand Prix II for Dreamcast is set for Pan European release during September 2000. This will mark Video System's second Dreamcast release, the follow up to last year's successful F1 World Grand Prix for Dreamcast. Also planned for a late 2000 release under the same distribution agreement will be "F1 World Grand Prix 2000" for the Playstation2.
"Konami has been actively looking to distribute an ultra detailed Formula One racing simulation game," says Mr. Kunio Neo, the President of Konami of Europe. "Video System have held the official licence to develop and publish Formula One games for a number of years, and every year their games become more ultra realistic. They are clearly a dedicated Japanese Formula One developer who are committed to excellent detail and programming. Konami are very excited to commit to this important relationship in Europe."
Says Michael Lancaster, Video System's Project Manager, "Video System have successfully held the license to develop and publish official Formula One racing simulation games for many years. One of our primary aims is to establish Video System as a global player in Europe and North America. Konami is our first step in Europe for what will ultimately be world domination in the Formula One racing simulation video game arena."
Continues Lancaster, "Because Video System has already achieved nationwide awareness as an established computer game publisher in Japan, the time is right to build our profile in Europe and North America. We anticipate Konami being the ideal partner to begin this drive."