Vivendi Universal Games and HD Publishing Extend Worldwide Distribution Agreement to Include Joint Task Force
Company: V.U.G.
READING (28th October, 2005) – Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) and HD Publishing today announced an exclusive worldwide agreement for the modern day warfare real-time strategy (RTS) game, Joint Task Force. Under the agreement, VU Games will co-publish, market and distribute HD Publishing's Joint Task Force for the PC in 2006 under the Sierra brand.

"Joint Task Force will appeal to gamers worldwide because they can command the front lines in tomorrow's most hazardous war-zones including the Middle East, South America, Central Asia and the Balkans," said Philip W. O'Neil, Chief Operating Officer and President of North America for Vivendi Universal Games. "No other strategy game is as gritty or immediate as Joint Task Force."

"We are extremely pleased to further strengthen our relationship with Vivendi Universal Games and to continue on from the success we shared with 'Nexus: The Jupiter Incident,'" said Mike Horneman, Managing Director of HD Publishing. "VU Games' skill and expertise in distribution will bring this innovative product to a worldwide mass market."

Developed by Mithis Entertainment, Joint Task Force is a story of modern war where players match superior tactics and military technology against dangerous unconventional forces around the globe. The game's exacting attention to detail – from buildings that dynamically collapse to military vehicles modeled down to the last rivet – will create a new benchmark for modern-day RTS games. For more information about the game visit www.jointtaskforce.com.

About HD Publishing
HD Publishing is an international producer and publisher of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the multimedia industry, HD's strong and diversified line-up has grown considerably, as has HD itself. As well as steadfastly continuing to partner with several high-profile companies, HD has also confirmed its presence on the global market by publishing top selling computer games. Founded in 1993 in Holland, HD has published a wide range of products from Mortyr (1999) through to Nexus: The Jupiter Incident (2004) The company is dedicated to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers around the world.

About 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®, Sierra Entertainment®, Radical EntertainmentTM, Massive EntertainmentTM and Swordfish Studios. VU Games' library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including Warcraft®, StarCraft®, Diablo® and World of Warcraft® from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash Bandicoot®, Spyro The Dragon®, Empire Earth®, Leisure Suit LarryTM, Ground Control® and Tribes®. VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox and Ludlum Entertainment.
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