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Vivendi Universal Games Mobile Debuts Best-Selling Empire Earth Franchise On Wireless Handsets This October

Vivendi Universal Games Mobile (VUG Mobile) today announced the release of Empire Earth® Mobile, the first title in the award-winning Empire Earth series for mobile devices.. The new game will be available to consumers across European mobile operators starting in October 2005.

Based on the award-winning gameplay of the original PC title, Empire Earth Mobile will allow players to command the past, present and future, while building a civilization across four ages. To succeed, players must balance resource management and conquest across 10 campaign levels.

Empire Earth Mobile features a full combat system combined with rich strategic resource management, providing players with the means to capture and control enemy territory and move forward in time. Each age brings its own challenges, new units and additional complexity. Courage, determination and wits will be needed to become the master of Empire Earth!

Game Features:

  • 10 campaign levels with large variety of objectives: capture main enemy building, escort missions, defending a base, etc.
  • Real combat system (five combat criteria for 13 different units) combined with a strategic resource management system (four different resources: wood, iron, petroleum and plutonium) to create a rich and unique gameplay experience
  • Four ages to conquer: Stone, Middle, Modern and Nano spanning more than 2,000 years of human civilisation
  • Turn-based gameplay mechanism allows the player to choose one of six possible moves via an intuitive graphical interface that allows for 'one button' gameplay
  • New gameplay features with each new age: units change appearance, new resources become available, new military units become available, etc.
  • Engage in famous historic battles (e.g. French vs. English during the Middle Ages)
  • Three game modes: Campaign (solo), Skirmish (custom solo), and multi-player (1 vs. 1 on same handset)
  • Three difficulty levels and a full tutorial for easy accessibility

About the Empire Earth Series

Empire Earth is the historical real-time strategy series where players lead an empire on an epic conquest through all of human history and beyond. Introduced in 2001, the series has sold more than two million copies worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.empireearth2.com.

About Vivendi Universal Games

Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets, and is an emerging player in mobile and wireless games. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment®, Radical Entertainment, Sierra® Entertainment, Massive EntertainmentTM and Swordfish Studios. VU Games' library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including Warcraft®, StarCraft®, Diablo® and World of WarcraftTM from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash Bandicoot®, Spyro The Dragon®, Empire Earth®, Leisure Suit LarryTM, Ground Control® and Tribes®. VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal and Twentieth Century Fox.

About Wonderphone

Headquartered in Paris, Wonderphone (www.wonderphone.com) is a leading provider of video and interactive entertainment for mobile phones. The video division of Wonderphone is the leading European provider of video bouquets for mobiles and has secured the exclusive rights for more than one million branded, original and alternative mobile-specific video clips. Wonderphone today runs 25 video channels and provides an end-to-end solution for publishing video for mobile. Wonderphone operates the video portals of several major European operators. The games division of Wonderphone distributes a portfolio of java blockbusters games. WonderPhone has signed an exclusive international master distribution deal with Vivendi Universal Games for mobile gaming. WonderPhone has an extensive distribution network in place with major operators and Internet Download Service Providers including: Vodafone Global (33 countries), Telefonica, SFR, 3, T-Mobile International (5 countries), Orange Group (5 countries), O2, Amena, Optimus, Jamba!, Inpoc/Aspiro and MediaPlazza.

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