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Vivendi Universal Games Wins Race to Distribute FlatOut 2 in North America

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) signed a deal to market and distribute in, Empire Interactives multi-platform destructive racing game FLATOUT 2 in North America.

FLATOUT 2, one of Empires key frontline titles, builds on the success of also distributed in North America by VU Games.

Developed by the award-winning Finnish developer Bugbear Entertainment, FLATOUT 2 is an over-the-top racing game where players experience the drive of their lives as they race around fully destructible environments in one of 16 fully customizable and upgradeable cars. FLATOUT 2 is scheduled to launch in 2006 on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.

We are very thrilled about FLATOUT 2 with its revolutionary physics and great gameplay, said Ian Higgins, ceo of Empire. Teaming up with VU Games was a natural decision and we anticipate the title to be a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

We are excited to continue our successful relationship with Empire Interactive with the newly signed distribution agreement for FLATOUT 2, said Philip W. ONeil, ceo/president of North America for VU Games.

VU Games is distributing the first installment, FLATOUT, to North American retail shelves this month, and is available for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.

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, and also holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Ent., Radical Ent., Sierra Ent. and Massive Ent. VU Games library of more than 700 titles features owned intellectual properties, including WARCRAFT, STARCRAFT, DIABLO and WORLD OF WARCRAFT from Blizzard Ent.; CRASH BANDICOOT, SPYRO THE DRAGON, EMPIRE EARTH, LEISURE SUIT LARRY, GROUND CONTROL and TRIBES.

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