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New Sega deal with Xplosiv

Sega signs with Xplosiv for a further two years

Empire Interactive Europe has renewed its republishing agreement with Sega Europe Ltd for a further two years, giving Empire the rights to continue to sell much-loved classic games such as Sonic 3D, Crazy Taxi and Sonic Racer through its value Xplosiv range.

As well as existing titles, Empire has also announced that the PC version of the fast-paced platform game Sonic and Knuckles will become part of Xplosiv's roster of Sega games in this deal. The news is testament to the strength of the long-term partnerships that Empire has built up with leading players in the industry - the agreement with Sega goes back to 1998.

"We have enjoyed great success with our classic titles through Empire Interactive and its Xplosiv label," says Alan Pritchard, UK sales director at Sega Europe. "We know that Xplosiv will do a great job promoting our titles through retail and online channels."

"We're delighted to be continuing our relationship with Sega and with great new titles as well," comments Ian Higgins, CEO of Empire Interactive. "Sega is one of the best known and most respected names in the business and their classic titles are still massively popular with today's games players."

On PC CD-ROM, Sonic 3D and Sonic Racer are currently sold on Empire's Xplosiv label at £4.99 each, with Crazy Taxi at £9.99. Sonic and Knuckles will be available on November 5 at £4.99.

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About Xplosiv

Empire launched Xplosiv as a budget brand selling low-price PC software in mid 2000 and PS2 in 2002, proving a great success in the UK and overseas due to the group's licence wins with Take2, Sega, Ubisoft, Taito, Activision, Microsoft, Vivendi, CDV and Europress. Further information on Xplosiv products can be found at

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:

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