London, January 2005, Xplosiv has announced plans to extend its PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 line up further with three new titles due to arrive in the first quarter of 2005. This further strengthens its PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 range, as part of its multi-format strategy.
Bad Boys II joins the value line-up at Ã‚Â£19.99 to build on the huge success of the movie, DVD and original release at full price on PlayStationÃ‚Â®2. Bad Boys II joins such hit titles as Starsky & Hutch, Big Mutha Truckers (which has sold a million units worldwide), Ford Racing 3 and Space Invaders Anniversary.
Two new additions to the budget line up releasing in March are Gunbird Special Edition and Spin Drive Ping Pong both, SRP of Ã‚Â£9.99. Gunbird Special Edition brings you one of the most popular arcade series for the first time on PlayStation2. Gunbird offers you the adventure for the legendary ATLERS mirror that possesses a magical power to grant any wish to those who claim it. In the second instalment of Gunbird Special Edition you will set off on a crusade for the legendary wish fulfilling, Holy Elixir.
Spin Drive Ping Pong is the first ever Ping Pong game on PlayStation 2. Spin Drive Ping Pong puts you at the heart of realistic game play in which you battle your opponents for the top ranking title. The exciting and realistic Ping Pong matches can be played in three different modes, "Tournament Mode" puts you in a competitive knockout competition. "Rally Mode" lets you enjoy a thrilling rally. In "Exhibition Mode", you can start a single match straight away!
Xplosiv's portfolio now boasts 20 titles on PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 with a further ten new European releases planned for 2005. Together with the core range of over 60 titles for PC, with over 30 new releases planned for this fiscal. Xplosiv has also taken its first steps into value software for Xbox and Gamecube with 5 titles available on these platforms.
"These new titles complement the range perfectly and will ensure we continue to build on the huge success we have enjoyed with our unique multi-platform value gaming range," commented Jo Fawell, Product Manager for Xplosiv. "Xplosiv on PC has been hugely successful by offering budget titles at Ã‚Â£9.99 and super-budget titles at Ã‚Â£4.99. We are seeing the same two tier pricing trend on PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 with titles at Ã‚Â£19.99 (typically 2 for Ã‚Â£30) and titles at Ã‚Â£9.99. Our aim is to provide a flexible and effective multi-platform value solution to retail. This also means we are delivering the best possible quality, value and choice for consumers".
Empire launched Xplosiv as a value brand selling low-price PC software in mid 2000 and PS2 in 2002, proving a great success in the UK and overseas due to the group's license wins with, Sega, Ubisoft, Taito, Activision, Microsoft, Vivendi and CDV. Further information on Xplosiv products can be found at www.xplosiv.net
About Empire Interactive
Empire Interactive is a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software that has been established for 14 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, Italy and Spain. The company develops and publishes a varied range of titles across all platforms in the US, Europe and Asia. Further information about Empire Interactive and its products can be found at: www.empireinteractive.com