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Vivendi Universal Games Announces Ice Age 2 Game

Vivendi Universal Games announced that a videogame is in development based on 20th Century Fox's upcoming family film, ICE AGE 2: THE MELTDOWN.

The videogame will be available in stores spring 2006 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance and PC. It will sell for $19.99 on PC, $29.99 for Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance and $39.99 for consoles.

"We are excited to continue our successful partnership with Fox to create an extension of the ICE AGE story in a fully engaging interactive entertainment experience," said Peter Della Penna, coo, product development for VU Games. "Academy Award-winning animation studio Blue Sky, has contributed an impressive visual style and hilarious storyline for our development partners to turn into great family gaming."

Elie Dekel, evp licensing & merchandising, added, "VUG is a great and proven partner for some of our major theatrical releases. In conjunction with the release of the motion picture ICE AGE 2, the release of this outstanding video game brilliantly expands on our ICE AGE franchise."

The Ice Age is ending and our subzero heroes return in this action adventure videogame set in a melting paradise of water parks, geysers and tar pits. Manny the Mammoth, Sid the Sloth and Diego the Sabre-Toothed Tiger are back and realize that the melting glaciers will soon flood their valley. With the help of everyone's favorite sabre-toothed squirrel, Scrat, players help their big friends cross the perilous landscape to safety. Scrat will dig, swim, sniff, spin and roll his in his never-ending quest to collect acorns. In the process, he serves as the unwitting hero in the quest to save the land from a giant flood.

Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Twentieth Television and Fox Broadcasting Co., as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, one of the top suppliers of primetime entertainment programming to the broadcast networks.

Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets, and is an emerging player in mobile and wireless games. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Ent., Radical Ent., Sierra Ent., Massive Ent. and Swordfish Studios.

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