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Evolution GT

Milestone and Black Bean announce their new racing game

Italy, Varese, 14th November 2005. Combining an optimised driving engine with an innovative concept, Black Bean and the Italian software house, Milestone, are ready to deliver an electrifying racing title for fans of the genre.

Enter the "Evolution", where the main keywords are realism and driver improvement.

Evolution GT will be released across Europe at the end of March 2006 and will set a new standard in the racing simulation genre.

Evolution GT is the result of years of experience and know-how, accumulated while developing game such as the Screamer series, the Superbike series and SCAR. It further develops the features introduced in SCAR, with a greater emphasis on driving tactics and psychology, focusing on the driver's skills, tactics and mental strength as well as the speed, acceleration and grip of the cars.

Evolution GT is a racing game that gives the player the opportunity to experience the life of a real racing driver, and the evolution of his alter ego throughout the course of his career.

By choosing appropriate race tactics and driving styles, and placing well in the races, the player will grow in his ability to compete at an ever-higher level, gaining access to new racing cars as well as roadsters, coupès and eventually dream cars such as the BUGATTI EB110 and the PAGANI ZONDA.

Races take place across Europe; from the beautiful landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and the Cote d'Azur to the monumental wonders of London and Barcelona, without missing out on famous racing venues such as Laguna Seca or Hockenheim.

Realism is guaranteed by an extremely accurate physics model, and the most advanced AI ever seen in a racing simulation game.

Driver experience and improvement means that the player will feel the tension and emotions that only a real race can offer; fighting for a podium finish and accumulating race experience.

This new title has created great expectations. Antonio Farina, President of Milestone, declares: "We are excited about the possibility of further expanding our racing expertise in new and creative directions. Evolution GT will be our next milestone in redefining the cross-platform racing experience".

Virgilio Bixio, Black Bean Games' Managing Director, says: "Evolution GT gives players the unique experience of a game based on the essence of race driving. The ability and psychology of the driver are at the centre of the evolution, making this title unique in its genre. We are sure that this game will be received enthusiastically by hard core racing fans and newcomers alike."

For further information

Tania Rossi

Black Bean Pr Manager

tel: +39 (0)332 874 451

@: t.rossi@blackbeangames.com

About Lago/Black Bean. Black Bean is the games label of Lago Srl, which is part of the Leader Group. Leader SpA has been the leading independent distributor in Italy since it started business in 1984. Leader is based in Gazzada (Varese) which is situated 30 miles north of Milan in northern Italy. Black Bean philosophy is to focus on a wide range of games genre leveraging on the niche targets that remain uncovered into the market. By adding original content to the products and by fully localising the titles Black Bean's vision is to remain close to player's needs. Black Bean has distribution partners all across Europe and PAL territories including Australia and South Africa. www.blackbeangames.com

About Milestone. Milestone was founded on 1996 in Milan, by Antonio Farina. The company's first products were the successful Screamer series of driving games published on the Virgin Interactive label. In the following years Milestone has specialised in the production of racing simulations and has rapidly become the most successful games developer in Italy. Until 2001 Milestone has developed, exclusively for Electronic Arts, under the EA Sports brand, the officially licensed simulation of the Superbike World Championship, which became the best motorbike racing simulator ever. In 2003 Milestone completed its first console title, with the critically acclaimed Racing Evoluzione (Apex in the US), developed exclusively for the Xbox and launched by Atari. www.milestone.it

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