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Maximum Fun & Carnage As FlatOut Wrecks Its Way Back Onto Your PS2, Xbox And PC

LONDON, ENGLAND, February 18th 2006 - As worldwide sales of FlatOut crash through the 800,000 mark, the sequel to the much acclaimed destruction racer is set to accelerate its way on to PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC this May in the nitrous charged form of FlatOut 2, courtesy of Bugbear Entertainment and Empire Interactive, one of the UK's leading independent game publishers.

Featuring an enhanced version of the original's lauded physics engine and even faster driving track designs, FlatOut 2 also boasts a plethora of improvements, enhancements and additions to make this the definitive FlatOut experience. Twice as many vehicles, a more sophisticated career mode, additional race environments, double the number of tracks; twice as many mini-games along with brand new and much requested online multiplayer modes are just some of the exhaustive features that are included in FlatOut 2.

Wreck hard in this action racer to earn the ultimate honour of being the dirtiest in the gravel, the deadliest on the race track and the meanest around the streets.

With over 5,000 fully destructible objects on every track as well as 40 deformable parts on each vehicle, physical interaction in a racing game is taken to unprecedented heights with the destructive element influencing players racing tactics like no other driving game on the market. With a greater emphasis placed on causing destruction on the track by offering greater rewards, game play will be even more frantic than ever. Drivers will need to tear into competitors' cars, trash the local scenery thereby littering the track with all manner of obstacles. All in the attempt to wreck their opponents race enabling the collection of maximum performance and cash bonuses, while at the same time trying to concentrate on their own race in a bid to cross the line first.

And with the ever popular Rag Doll mini-games from the original FlatOut making a welcome return and better than ever with 12 Rag Doll events, a Rag Doll Championship as well as online support for Rag Dolls, FlatOut 2 is set to be the biggest, brashest and most destructive action racing game of 2006.

Game Features
  • The inclusion of an enhanced Championship Mode. Multiple cups across increasing difficultly levels, each cup contains a series of races that the player competes in for accumulated totals of money and points.
  • Online multiplayer modes for all formats, the PS2 and PC versions for the very first time! Up to 6 player on PS2 and 8 player on Xbox and PC
  • Offline Multiplayer modes on all formats via split screen for up to 4 players
  • Improved physics engine for an even greater racing feel
  • Drive at eye watering speeds on the fast tracks with extra nitro boost rewards
  • Improved opponent AI. Each AI driver now has their own character, biography and individual driving personalities
  • Unlockable bonus items for the first time including bonus cars, Championship Cups and Destruction Arenas.
  • Set in the US (the original was set in Europe)
  • 34 vehicles as opposed to the original games' 16
  • Additional car types including Muscle cars, Sports cars, Pickup Trucks and Compacts (the original only contained Muscle cars)
  • The inclusion of a garage for the first time to allow the owning of multiple vehicles
  • Increased number of race environments including Big City, LA Storm Drains, Rocky Mountain Forest, Corn Fields and Desert
  • 60 track combinations over the originals' 36
  • Alternate track routes included for the first time and the AI use them.
  • Twice as many Destruction Derby Arenas (six as opposed to the originals' 3)
  • Twice as many Rag Doll Mini Games (12 compared to the originals' 6)

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About Empire Interactive

Empire is a leading UK quoted computer games developer and publisher, specialising in innovative video games with mass-market appeal. The Group is one of the most established in the industry now in its 19th year of business. Its portfolio of titles includes Starsky & Hutch, FlatOut, Big Mutha Truckers, Space Invaders 25th Anniversary and Starship Troopers. The Group's value division, Xplosiv, continues to increase its market share across Europe and has experienced success with its first PS2 titles.

Headquartered in the UK, Empire has offices in the US, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Further information about Empire and its products can be found at: http://www.empireinteractive.com

About Bugbear Entertainment Ltd.

Bugbear Entertainment Ltd. is an award-winning Finnish game developer focusing on immersive and advanced driving games. The company's international breakthrough was the critically acclaimed title 'Rally Trophy' in 2001. Bugbear released 'Tough Trucks' in 2003. The innovative and much-awaited 'FlatOut' on Playstation 2 ®, Xbox ® and PC CD was published in November 2004 with great success. An N-Gage exclusive story-driven arcade racer 'Glimmerati' was published in July 2005 to outstanding reviews. The company is currently working on FlatOut 2 and other unannounced console and PC projects. For more information please visit www.bugbeargames.com

For further game information, materials or interviews, please contact;

Simon Callaghan

JohnnyAtom Productions

Tel; +44 7867 514554

Email; simon.callaghan@ukonline.co.uk

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