FlatOut Catapults Toward the U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO – February 23, 2005 – Empire Interactive, a U.K. computer games developer and publisher, today announced that FlatOut￾ will ship to retail outlets in the U.S. on June 14, 2005. Vivendi Universal Games, will distribute the title in the U.S. Available for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft and the PC, FlatOut has already received critical acclaim from leading game press and consumers in the U.K. and other European markets.

An over-the-top racing game, FlatOut features a unique all-encompassing physics engine that is set to define a new standard in racing games. With fully destructible driving environments, 40 deformable pieces on the cars and more than 3,000 items to smash, FlatOut is sure to bring carnage to unprecedented levels. Anything destroyed or altered stays a part of the race – broken fences, free rolling tires, and even mangled parts of cars are left scattered around the track, increasing the mayhem with every lap. Drivers will even be thrown from crashing cars!

FlatOut lets players experience the drive of their life with 36 challenging tracks and 12 bonus events in one of 16 fully upgradeable cars. Mini-games maximize the fun, and include three destruction derby arenas, three head-on collision dirt tracks and six outrageous “Rag Doll Olympics” bonus games that utilize driver ejection to the fullest.

Developed by Bugbear Entertainment, FlatOut will carry a suggested retail price of $49.99 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions and $39.99 for the PC version. For more information and to experience the rush of FlatOut first hand, visit: http://www.flatoutgame.com.

About Empire Interactive
About Empire Interactive Empire Interactive is a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software that has been established for 17 years. The company floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange in July 2000. Headquartered in the UK, Empire Interactive also has offices in the US, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The company develops and publishes a varied range of titles for current and next-generation platforms in the US, Europe and Asia. Further information about Empire Interactive and its products can be found at: http://www.empireinteractive.com

About Bugbear Entertainment
Bugbear Entertainment Ltd. is an award-winning Finnish game developer focusing on immersive and advanced driving games. The company’s international breakthrough was the critically acclaimed title “Rally Trophy” released in 2001. The company released “Tough Trucks” for PC in 2003. The innovative and much-awaited “FlatOut” for Playstation 2 ®, Xbox ® and PC CD-ROM was published in Europe in November 2004 with great success. The company is currently working on a first party Nokia N-Gage title “Glimmerati” as well as with console and PC projects. For more information please visit www.bugbear.fi

About Xbox
Xbox (http://www.xbox.com) is the video game system from Microsoft that brings people together for the most exhilarating game and entertainment experiences. Xbox delivers an expansive collection of breakthrough games, powerful hardware and the unified Xbox Live online service. The new tagline, "it's good to play together," captures the spirit of Xbox as the social hub of the new digital entertainment lifestyle. Xbox is now available in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia.

PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xbox is either a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries used under license from Microsoft. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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