Codemasters has confirmed today that they have secured the global publishing rights to IGI 2 for the PC.

"IGI 2 is scheduled to launch in Q2 2002 on PC CD-ROM and Codemasters is making the game a priority title. The acquisition of IGI 2 continues Codemasters' successful 3rd party publishing programme. On PC the company has had great success with titles such as Severance: Blade of Darkness (RebelAct Studios) and more recently the no.1 best seller Operation Flashpoint (Bohemia Interactive) and continues to actively seek fresh triple-A product."

For IGI 2, the acclaimed superb stealth-based first-person shooter action returns, and continues the modern warfare and espionage theme of the original. The covert missions continue the career of David Jones, a former SAS soldier, now working freelance for the secret organisation, codenamed 'IGI'.

Henning Rokling, Managing Director of Innerloop Studios AS enthuses:"IGI 2 will be an incredibly strong game with an enthralling story line. The many fans of the first game will immediately feel at home, and a lot of effort has been put into further increasing the tension and excitement over the first game."We're very excited to be working with the highly reputable and experienced team at Codemasters. We have full confidence in their ability to help make IGI 2 a smash-hit sequel."

Says Gary Rowe, Head of Business Development at Codemasters:"Innerloop Studios demonstrated exceptional expertise in the first-person-shooter arena with the original IGI, and their ambitions for this new title impressed us greatly. After the success of Operation Flashpoint, we're very excited to be working closely with such a creative team to produce a game that we're confident will be the most dramatic and entertaining first-person action adventure of 2002".

IGI 2 takes place soon after the events in the previous title, bringing back key characters in a brand new story and new locations across the globe.

There is no reason why IGI 2 should not be a success when it is released mid 2002.