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Press Release:
    GROUND CONTROL® II: OPERATION EXODUS SHIPS TO RETAIL

    LOS ANGELES, CA (June 22, 2004)
    — Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) announced today that Ground Control® II: Operation Exodus, the next installment in the Ground Control franchise, has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Developed by Massive Entertainment, in a departure from traditional RTS games, Ground Control II: Operation Exodus focuses on tactical combat with minimal time spent on resource management. Instead of harvesting resources and building bases, the game keeps the action hot and heavy by immediately rewarding players for accomplishing objectives. Additionally, the unique multiplayer drop-in mode allows players to instantly join an ongoing game at any time, for any length of time.

    The game chronicles the ongoing conflict between the Northern Star Alliance and the Terran Empire. After losing the war in space the NSA retreats to their home world and forces the Terran Empire to engage in a savage war of attrition on the ground. As a Captain in the field, players can command a task force consisting of infantry, tanks, artillery and aircraft alone in the single player campaign or with other players via LAN or Internet.

    A single player demo and a multiplayer demo of Ground Control II: Operation Exodus are both available online at Sierra.com. Ground Control II: Operation Exodus for the PC has been rated "T" for teen by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $49.99.

    About Massive Entertainment
    Massive Entertainment is a leading developer of games and interactive entertainment products for a worldwide market. Its world acclaimed PC game 'Ground Control', launched in 2000, and established Massive Entertainment as one of the most innovative developers in the real time strategy genre. In 2002 the company was acquired by Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) as one of only two development studios outside North America. Together Massive Entertainment and VU Games are now working on the top entertainment titles of the future. The company is located in Malmö, Sweden.

    About Vivendi Universal Games
    Headquartered in Los Angeles, Vivendi Universal Games is a global leader in multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive products across all major platforms including PCs, video game consoles and the Internet. Vivendi Universal Games’ portfolio of development studios and publishing labels includes Blizzard Entertainment, Coktel, Fox Interactive, Knowledge Adventure, Massive Entertainment and Sierra Entertainment. Additionally, Vivendi Universal Games co-publishes and/or distributes titles for a number of strategic partners, including Interplay, inXile entertainment, Majesco and Mythic Entertainment, among others.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66712) on Nov 22, 2005.

Press Release:

    VIVENDI UNIVERSAL GAMES ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE RELEASE OF GROUND CONTROL’ II: OPERATION EXODUS



    Los Angeles, Oct 17, 2003

    The Retail Assault Begins in Spring 2004.

    Vivendi Universal Games announced today that Ground Control’ II: Operation Exodus, the sequel to the award-winning PC real-time strategy game, will ship to North American stores in the second quarter of 2004.

    Ground Control II: Operation Exodus combines the fast-paced action and stunning graphics of an action game, with the tactical thinking of a real-time strategy game. In a departure from traditional RTS games, Ground Control II: Operation Exodus focuses on tactical combat with minimal time spent on resource management. Instead of harvesting resources and building bases, the game keeps the action hot and heavy by immediately rewarding players for accomplishing objectives. Additionally, the unique multiplayer drop-in mode allows players to instantly join an ongoing game at any time, for any length of time.

    Ground Control II: Operation Exodus chronicles the ongoing conflict between the Northern Star Alliance and the Terran Empire. Having lost the war in space, the NSA retreats to their homeworld and forces the Terran Empire to engage in a savage war of attrition on the ground. As a commander in the field, players can command a task force consisting of infantry, tanks, artillery and aircraft alone in the single player campaign or with other players via LAN or Internet.

    "New players, fans of the original game and action fans alike will find Ground Control II: Operation Exodus right up their alley," said Philip O'Neil, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Vivendi Universal Games. "We’ve made sure that casual gamers will be able to join an ongoing battle quickly and easily, while experienced fans will have more advanced gameplay options and powerful level editor at their disposal. With the intensely fast action and ground-breaking 3D graphics, first-person shooter fans will also feel right at home playing Ground Control II."

    “By building on our experiences from the original Ground Control and listening carefully to our fans, we have designed an action-packed gaming experience that will surpass anything ever seen before on the PC. We can’t wait to show gamers the end-result,” said Martin Walfisz, CEO of Massive Entertainment.

    Developed by Massive Entertainment, Ground Control II: Operation Exodus features the best 3D graphics engine in the RTS genre, allowing for outstanding graphics with incredible levels of detail. Ground Control II: Operation Exodus will be available in the second quarter of 2004 for the PC. For more information, log on to http://www.groundcontrol2.com.

    About Massive Entertainment
    Massive Entertainment® is a leading developer of games and interactive entertainment products for a worldwide market. Its world acclaimed PC game 'Ground Control', launched in 2000, established Massive Entertainment as one of the most innovative developers in the real time strategy genre. In 2002 the company was acquired by Vivendi Universal Games (VUG) as one of only two development studios outside North-America. Together Massive Entertainment® and VUG are now working on the top entertainment titles of the future. The company is located in Malmö, Sweden.

    About Vivendi Universal Games
    Headquartered in New York, Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a global leader in multi-platform interactive entertainment. A leading publisher of PC, console and online-based interactive content, Vivendi Universal Games’ portfolio of development studios includes Black Label Games, Blizzard Entertainment, Coktel, Fox Interactive, Knowledge Adventure, Sierra Entertainment and Universal Interactive. Through its Partner Publishing Group, Vivendi Universal Games also co-publishes and/or distributes interactive products for a number of strategic partners, including Crave Entertainment, Interplay, Majesco, Mythic Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, among others.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66712) on Sep 03, 2005.

Vivendi Universal Games UK website - Windows:
    The game:
    Change your strategy and get straight into the explosive action!

    Ground Control 2 : Operation Exodus takes place during the year 2741 AD, roughly 300 years after the events in the original game. The democratic and freedom caring Northern Star Alliance (NSA) is being hard pressed by the warmongering Terran Empire. The war has recently entered a new stage; a brutal and deadly ground war, as the Empire has managed to land their first troopships on the last NSA controlled planet – Morningstar Prime. Captain Jacob Angelus, a battle-hardened officer in the NSA armed forces, finds himself becoming the central figure in the war against the Terran Empire. The situation is desperate and for the NSA destiny is at hand; its only hope lies in an ancient legend.

    Action Focus - Strong focus on tactical battles and action-packed combat

    FPS Quality Graphics - Outstanding graphics with incredible level of detail, the best 3D engine in its category

    Drop-in Multiplay - Unique drop-in multiplayer modes allowing anyone to join an on-going game at any time

    Cooperative Multiplay - Cooperative play through the entire campaign

    Immersive Story - Immersive plot written in collaboration with Joe Dever and live orchestral music

    Contributed by Xoleras (66712) on Aug 16, 2004.