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Focus to Release Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

Focus Multimedia is extremely proud to be releasing one of Ubisoft's strongest games this quarter, 'Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.' It will enter Focus Multimedia's range of budget PC CD-ROM software at an RPP of £9.99, available in DVD style packaging.

Not only has the 'Tom Clancy' brand been well acclaimed within the PC Market, 'Splinter Cell' has also received phenomenal success. The title received 'Best of E3: Best Action/Adventure Game' and 'Overall Best Game' of ECTS, both in 2002, whilst frequently topping 'best game' polls.

'Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell' features a new echelon of stealth action, with stealth moves, gadgets and highly interactive environments. Inspired from the Tom Clancy universe with a techno-thriller story, geopolitical tensions and covert agencies, Splinter Cell is primly positioned to target the male 15-35 year old market with continuing success.

Craig Johnson of Focus Multimedia commented, 'As ever we are always pleased to license Ubisoft's products. Splinter Cell will form a major part of our strategy in the battle for presence in the Christmas market. We are positive this product will continue to enjoy tremendous success at this new price point.'

Charlie Barrett of Ubisoft commented, 'We continue to strengthen our relationship with Focus Multimedia and we look forward to seeing new consumers enjoy Ubisoft titles at the lower price point.'

Players effectively become Sam Fisher, a splinter cell covert enlisted by a top-secret military organization, the Third Echelon. As a last resort to the government and on the edge of legality and morality, you must prevent the impending World War 3, whilst ridding the world of terrorist threat posed by Russia and China.

Completely anonymous and undetectable, all missions must be completed without a trace using some of the best hi-tech weapons on the market, including a deployable decon camera that can be fired miles enabling scanning of areas for enemy traps, a fatal distraction device and multi-spectrum goggles, enabling day and night time vision. Along with an array of never seen before stealthy moves and interactive environments, Sam is awarded the 'fifth freedom,' the right to assassinate, destroy and act in any manner possible in order to complete the mission. Gamers can experience a total of 14 missions throughout 4 countries.

Ubisoft is set to release the next title in the series, the eagerly awaited 'Tom Clancy's Pandora Tomorrow'. Focus Multimedia expects this to have a strong impact on demand for this the award winning 'Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell' which is expected to be extremely well received at its new price point of £9.99.

About Focus Multimedia

Focus Multimedia is the leading PC CD-ROM budget software publisher by value in UK retail (Source: Chart Track), specialising in high quality, affordable PC CD-ROMs aimed at both children and adults. The Focus Essential range consists of over 150 titles priced at £9.99 each in 9 different categories - including Games, Lifestyle, Creativity, Knowledge and Travel. Focus Multimedia has distribution channels into major retail outlets such as PC World, WHSmith, Staples, Game, via the Internet through www.amazon.co.uk as well as non-traditional chains.

About UbisoftTM

Ubisoft is an international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products. A leading company in the multimedia industry, Ubisoft's strong and diversified line-up has grown considerably, as has Ubisoft itself. As well as steadfastly continuing to partner with several high-profile companies, Ubisoft has also confirmed its presence on the global market by developing its own exceptional properties. Founded in 1986 in France, Ubisoft is now present on every continent, both through offices in 22 different countries including the United States, Brazil, Morocco, Germany and China and through sales of products in over 50 countries. The group is dedicated to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers around the world. Ubisoft generated a turnover of 453 million euros for the 2002/2003 fiscal year, up 23% over the previous fiscal year. To learn more, visit www.ubi.com

For further information please contact:

Jenny Humphreys - PR & Marketing Manager

j.humphreys@focusmm.co.uk

Emma Warburton - PR & Marketing Executive

e.warburton@focusmm.co.uk

Kate Vigar - PR & Marketing Executive

k.vigar@focusmm.co.uk

Lucy Carter - PR & Marketing Executive

l.carter@focusmm.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 1889 570156

Fax: +44 (0) 1889 583571

www.focusmm.co.uk

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