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Warner consumes Monolith

New division buys Matrix Online creator

Monolith, the developer behind the Lithtech game engine and previous creator of titles like No One Lives Forever and Shogo, has been bought out by Warner Bros' new games division. Monolith were and are still are working on the Matrix Online MMORPG for the Hollywood giant, and this purchase demonstrates the new division's commitment to furthering Warner's foothold in the business.

The deal will officially close on October the first, with Warner exercising their purchase option originally included as part of a 20% acquisition agreement last year. All current chiefs at Monolith will be retaining their positions, and business will reportedly continue as normal for the Washington-based firm (well, presumably as normally as business can continue when you've just been bought out by one of the world's largest company's).

"Things will actually change very little," chief executive Samantha Ryan assured. "We're free to continue to work with other companies, as is WBIE."

As well as the Matrix Online, Monolith is currently creating new FPS F.E.A.R. for VU Games, and in the past has created hits such as Tron 2.0 and Aliens vs. Predator 2.

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