LOS ANGELES (April 26, 2005) â€“ Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) announced today that the real-time strategy game Empire EarthÂ® 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 â€œTâ€ 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 â€œEditorâ€™s Choiceâ€ award in their review, declaring that â€œEmpire Earth II is the new king of real-time strategy gaming.â€ IGN.com states, â€œThis is truly an epic game on all levelsâ€ in their review, adding â€œEmpire Earth II is a deep and satisfying real-time strategy game.â€ In addition, Warcry.com asserts, â€œif youâ€™re going to play one RTS game this year, play this one.â€
â€œEmpire Earth II is the only real-time strategy game that gives players complete control over all of human history and beyond,â€ said Philip W. Oâ€™Neil, Chief Operating Officer and President, North America for Vivendi Universal Games. â€œWeâ€™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.â€
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 NVIDIAâ€™s â€œThe Way Itâ€™s Meant to Be Playedâ„¢â€ program, Empire Earth II has undergone extensive compatibility testing to ensure a â€œno hasslesâ€ install-and-play experience for gamers with NVIDIA-equipped PCs. The game includes optimizations for the Intel PentiumÂ® 4 processor supporting Hyper-Threading technology and supports the latest NVIDIAâ„¢ nForce4 SLI Intel Edition motherboards.
Additional information about Empire Earth II can be found at http://www.empireearth2.com.
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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 BlizzardÂ® Entertainment, Radical Entertainmentâ„¢, SierraÂ® Entertainment and Massive Entertainmentâ„¢. VU Gamesâ€™ library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including WarcraftÂ®, StarCraftÂ®, DiabloÂ® and World of Warcraftâ„¢ from Blizzard; Crash BandicootÂ®, Spyro The DragonÂ®, Empire EarthÂ®, Leisure Suit Larryâ„¢, Ground ControlÂ® and TribesÂ®. VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including NBC Universal and Twentieth Century Fox.