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First-Person Land Of The Dead Game Rising For Halloween

Groove Games announced it has inked an agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to publish an interactive game based on Universal Pictures and Atmosphere Entertainment MM's' GEORGE A. ROMERO'S LAND OF THE DEAD, which hit theatres on June 24, 2005.

The full-featured, first-person shooter videogame sets players in the midst of a gruesome adventure in which they battle to save themselves and a quickly-diminishing living population from an army of the dead bent on spreading a zombie plague. Developed by Brainbox Games, a Digital Extremes Studio, and using the Unreal Engine, the game features zombies, frightening effects, an immersive storyline and key environments seen in the film. Gamers can also join multiplayer battles against the dead on Xbox Live.

"GEORGE A. ROMERO'S LAND OF THE DEAD is a new classic in the zombie film genre and Groove Games is excited to bring games based on the film to the PC and Xbox," said Jon Walsh, ceo of Groove Games. "The game features intense action that horror fans will love, and the ability to play head to head against other players in zombie-infested levels is an absolute blast."

In the game, a horrific plague has broken out and mobs of zombies are roaming throughout the tri-state area, killing people at random. Gamers must quickly arm themselves and destroy these horrible creatures by any means necessary. Gamers will learn of a fortified city, Fiddler's Green, which is the last bastion of safety for the living. They will need to survive a harrowing journey to the city, and if they do, will discover the frightening lengths to which the living will go in order to save themselves.

Gamers can wage war against the dead with a variety of melee weapons and ranged weapons, including sniper rifles, baseball bats, M16s, fire axes and even shovels. The unique multiplayer modes allow players to work with or against other humans while eradicating the zombie-infested wasteland.

"We are thrilled with Groove Games' ability to deliver a game that combines frenetic gameplay with true moments of fright, and to capture the adrenaline of the film from which it is inspired," said Bill Kispert, vp of interactive, Universal Studios Consumer Products Group. "Universal has a long heritage in the horror genre and we are excited to once again extend that heritage into the interactive gaming space."

THE LAND OF THE DEAD: ROAD TO FIDDLER'S GREEN videogame will be released in October 2005.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Groove Games is a global publisher of interactive entertainment software. Groove's mission is to partner with leading developers and publish great games for avid gamers everywhere. For more information, visit www.GrooveGames.com.

Based in Toronto, Canada, Brainbox Games is devoted to creating imaginative, high quality interactive entertainment focused on the mass market. Brainbox Games is a wholly owned subsidiary of top independent development group Digital Extremes. For more information visit, www.brainboxgames.com.

Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is responsible for global licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition of the extensive catalogue of NBC Universal properties. Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is a unit of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Ent., NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

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