Empire Earth II Ships to Retail Stores. A New age of Epic Conquest Begins
Company: V.U.G.
LOS ANGELES (April 26, 2005) – Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) announced today that the real-time strategy game Empire Earth® II has shipped to retail stores in the US and will be available for purchase by Thursday, April 28th. The game carries a suggested retail prices of $49.99 for the PC and has been rated “T” for Teen audiences by the ESRB.

Empire Earth II has already received critical praise from gaming publications. PC Gamer Magazine gave the game a 94% score and “Editor’s Choice” award in their review, declaring that “Empire Earth II is the new king of real-time strategy gaming.” IGN.com states, “This is truly an epic game on all levels” in their review, adding “Empire Earth II is a deep and satisfying real-time strategy game.” In addition, Warcry.com asserts, “if you’re going to play one RTS game this year, play this one.”

“Empire Earth II is the only real-time strategy game that gives players complete control over all of human history and beyond,” said Philip W. O’Neil, Chief Operating Officer and President, North America for Vivendi Universal Games. “We’re excited that the game is already getting such rave reviews and expect that gamers will agree that Empire Earth II takes the genre to a whole new level.”

Building upon the success of its predecessor (GameSpy 2001 PC Game of the Year), Empire Earth II includes over 500 unique units, breakthrough 'why-didn't-they-think-of-this-before' interface innovations, and for the first time in the series, ambient weather and seasons like sandstorms and snowfall that affect game play.

The single-player campaign features three globe-spanning campaigns powered by all-new non-cheating AI technology. The conquest continues in the online multiplayer mode, where new diplomacy options and nine game types create a new level of strategy and competition.

A featured title in NVIDIA’s “The Way It’s Meant to Be Played™” program, Empire Earth II has undergone extensive compatibility testing to ensure a “no hassles” install-and-play experience for gamers with NVIDIA-equipped PCs. The game includes optimizations for the Intel Pentium® 4 processor supporting Hyper-Threading technology and supports the latest NVIDIA™ nForce4 SLI Intel Edition motherboards.

Additional information about Empire Earth II can be found at http://www.empireearth2.com.

About NVIDIA
NVIDIA Corporation is a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors. The Company’s products enhance the end-user experience on consumer and professional computing devices. NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs), media and communications processors (MCPs), and wireless media processors (WMPs) have broad market reach and are incorporated into a variety of platforms, including consumer and enterprise PCs, notebooks, workstations, PDAs, mobile phones, and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games)
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® Entertainment, Radical Entertainment™, Sierra® Entertainment and Massive Entertainment™. VU Games’ library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including Warcraft®, StarCraft®, Diablo® and World of Warcraft™ from Blizzard; Crash Bandicoot®, Spyro The Dragon®, Empire Earth®, Leisure Suit Larry™, Ground Control® and Tribes®. VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including NBC Universal and Twentieth Century Fox.


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