The F.E.A.R. games are a series of horror-themed first-person shooters initially developed by Monolith Productions, Inc. When the development studio was acquired by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc. in January 2004, publisher Sierra Entertainment retained the rights to the name and the technology, and they had development studio TimeGate Studios, Inc. create new games in the series, starting with F.E.A.R.: Extraction Point in 2006.
When Vivendi, Activision and Blizzard completed their merger in July 2008, the IP became the property of Activision Blizzard. In September 2008 it was announced Monolith Productions and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment purchased the F.E.A.R. name from Activision Blizzard. As such, the original development studio has recently released F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.