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FlatOut PC demo available for immediate download at NVIDIA's nZone

3rd Nov, London & Helsinki: Empire Interactive and Bugbear Entertainment today announced that the PC demo of their Christmas triple A racing title FlatOut is premiering today at NVIDIA's nZone. Available for immediate download the PC demo shows off two game tracks and one of the cars as well as a ragdoll sports minigame from the eagerly anticipated racer.

FlatOut is high-octane racing at its best, as you throw yourself around 48 tracks and events in the battle for victory. FlatOut is set to define a new standard in racing games, introducing fully interactive, open-ended tracks, groundbreaking physics, unique and innovative mini-games and ragdoll drivers.

Anything you destroy or alter in FlatOut stays a part of the race, increasing the carnage to unprecedented levels! Broken fences, free rolling tires, smashed lamp posts and even mangled parts of cars are left scattered around the track, increasing the mayhem with every lap and making each race unique. Open-ended environments give the player the chance to cut corners, take daring shortcuts and really exploit the vast tracks. And if you push things to far head-on impacts cause your driver to be thrown out of the windscreen into the mayhem!

A playable PC demo of FlatOut is now available for immediate download at NVIDIA's nZone. Players can experience two of FlatOut's 36 dedicated race courses: Finchley Challenge forest and Fairgrass Cup race track. The demo also includes one of FlatOut's 12 insane minigames: High Jump. Launch your driver up in the air and over the bars as you aim to get the greatest height. But remember, what goes up must come down (Ouch!!!)

"We have been working closely with Bugbear Entertainment for over a year on this project and, as the time has progressed, this title has grown into one of the most entertaining, varied and dynamic titles we've seen here for some time," said Darryl Still, head of developer relations EMEA at NVIDIA. "Their involvement with "The Way It's Meant To Be Played" campaign was a close collaboration, through which we have been able to ensure that FlatOut not only looks great, but will work smoothly and stably on NVIDIA hardware, making it accessible to a large percentage of the enthusiast gaming market."

"There has been a huge response to FlatOut from fans around the world. That support has been a great boost to the team morale through out the project, so we wanted to express our gratitude to the fans by creating the demo" said Jussi Laakkonen, business development director at Bugbear Entertainment Ltd. "NVIDIA's support for FlatOut has been tremendous during the project and it has contributed significantly to the overall quality of the PC version. Thanks to NVIDIA's continued support we can now get the demo very rapidly to the fans through nZone!"

"At Empire Interactive we're very excited to be partnering with NVIDIA on this title," commented Ian Higgins, CEO of Empire Interactive. "Flatout is the most innovative racing title of the year, and we're grateful for the continuing support that NVIDIA have provided for this must-have Christmas title."

The FlatOut PC demo is available for immediate download at







FlatOut will be released for the PlayStation® 2, Xbox, PC CD-ROM on November 5th 2004.

Release: PlayStation® 2, Xbox, PC CD-ROM scheduled for November 5th 2004

Age Rating: 12+

Developer: Bugbear Entertainment

RRP: £39.99

For further information, please contact:

Doug Johns

PR Manager

Tel: +44 (0) 1243 671767


Adam Hartley

Head of Mainstream PR

Tel: +44 (0)845 166 2854


Jussi Laakkonen

Business development director, Bugbear Entertainment

Tel: +358 40 582 3959


Editors Notes

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:

About Bugbear Entertainment:

Bugbear Entertainment Ltd. is an award-winning Finnish game developer concentrating on immersive and advanced racing games. The company's first international breakthrough was the critically acclaimed title 'Rally Trophy' in 2001. The company released Tough Trucks for PC in 2003. November 5th 2004 will see the launch of the innovative and much-awaited title 'FlatOut' on Playstation 2 ®, Xbox ® and PC CD. For more information please visit


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

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