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More Mayhem Destruction and Chaos as FlatOut 2 is announced for 2006


As sales of FlatOut crash through the 600,000 mark and look to top 1,000,000 units, Empire Interactive and Bugbear Entertainment have announced that FlatOut 2 will be released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC CD-ROM in the 1st half of 2006.

Destruction racing at it's most extreme; the enhanced Crash TrueT game engine increases the interaction between cars and environments to set up the wildest crashes ever seen in a game. The peerless physics create an astonishing driving feel with the sheer fun of causing chaos all around.

And FlatOut 2 gives even more rewards to cause as much damage as possible to compete against rivals.

The reckless Rag Doll stunts will be back with a more advanced scoring system and an improved launch mechanic. Experience hours of bone-breaking fun, this time featuring 12 all new crazy events to punish your driver in the expanded Rag Doll Championship and online Rag Doll play.

As well as challenging your survival driving skills through the new Championship mode to win cups in increasingly tough races, FlatOut 2 features support for up to eight players online with Xbox Live or PC and 6 players with PlayStation 2 Online all with voice communication.

With more destructible objects than any racing game, cash bonuses and nitro will be awarded for all damage done in the game, whether it is to other drivers or to the 2000+ breakable objects present on every track. And of course FlatOut 2 wouldn't be complete without all new manic Demolition Arenas for anyone looking to live dangerously, earn extra money for upgrades and destroy the careers of wannabe champions.

Looks like 2006 will be the year when drivers get to fully understand what it means to drive FLATOUT!

For further information, please contact:

Doug Johns

PR Manager

Tel: +44 (0) 1243 671767

Email: doug@1-upmedia.com

Adam Hartley

Head of Mainstream PR

Tel: +44 (0)845 166 2854

Email: adam@wearenice.co.uk

Jussi Laakkonen

Business development director / Bugbear Entertainment Ltd.

Tel: +358 40 582 3959

Email: business@bugbear.fi

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 18th year of business. Its portfolio of titles includes Starsky & Hutch, FlatOut, Big Mutha Truckers, Space Invaders 25th Anniversary and the highly anticipated 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

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

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