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Vivendi Universal Announces Eragon Game

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) announced it is bringing the fantasy-adventure ERAGON to the PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PSP and the PC in November 2006. Developed by Stormfront Studios for consoles and PC, and Amaze Ent. for handhelds, the game is based on the upcoming Twentieth Century Fox feature film inspired by Christopher Paolini's best-selling fantasy novel, featuring Edward Speleers, Djimon Hounsou and Robert Carlyle.

"Christopher Paolini's amazing fantasy worlds, characters and adventures portrayed in ERAGON offer fans of the genre an opportunity to step into ERAGON's world and live out the dragon rider legacy," said Bruce Hack, ceo of VU Games. "ERAGON is sure to be one of the most anticipated movies of 2006 and we are excited to bring this rich story to gamers worldwide."

Elie Dekel, evp licensing & merchandising for 20th Century Fox, added, "VU Games has done a wonderful job adapting many of our top films to the interactive format. ERAGON has proven to be the best example to date of what can happen when true collaboration comes to fruition. Movie-goers are going to be hugely impressed with the film, and gamers will be blown away by this state-of-the-art videogame.

The film hits theaters Dec. 12, 2006. The epic fantasy/adventure centers on a young farm boy named Eragon whose destiny is revealed with the help of a dragon. Eragon, now a Dragon Rider, is swept into a world of magic and power, discovering that he alone has the power to save or destroy an Empire.

The game will be revealed at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) when Fox and Vivendi Universal Games will be premiering exclusive footage from the studio and a first look at gameplay from Xbox 360, PS2, Xbox, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance.

For consoles and the PC, ERAGON immerses the player in a magical world of dragons, destiny and adventure. Gamers will engage in intense battles with a combo and magic-based combat system, including stunning finishing moves, multiple grapples and degradable blocks with unique counter attacks. The adventure is heightened with breathless dragon flight-based combat and devastating dragon summon attacks. Fantasy fans can also share the adventure with two player co-op featuring team attack bonuses and dragon fight/flight combo gameplay.

For handhelds, ERAGON will offer Nintendo DS gamers an action-filled combat-RPG with touch screen spell casting and unique dual screen attack mode. Gamers can also sharpen their magic and dragon riding skills in unlockable mini-games.

ERAGON for the GameBoy Advance is a deep, story-driven turn-based RPG with nine playable characters and fully customizable character skills, along with weapon forging and potion crafting.

Eragon and Saphira take flight in this aerial combat game, featuring four-person multiplayer in seven different arenas with 12 unlockable arena game types for the Sony PSP. An extensive single player story mode allows gamers to experience the action from the dragon's perspective.

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