'Whirl Tour' For NGC & PS2

by Thomas on Sept. 24, 2002 @ 1:31 p.m. PDT

Vivendi Universal Publishing (VU Publishing) and Crave Entertainment today announced the signing of a worldwide publishing agreement granting VU Publishing's Games division (VU Games) exclusive rights to the multi-platform release of Whirl Tour. Scheduled for launch in the fourth quarter 2002, Whirl Tour offers players a unique combination of action, extreme sports and adventure-based game play. The title will be available for the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation2 computer entertainment system.

"Extreme sports is a hot category in the games business right now, and Whirl Tour puts an exciting twist on the genre by incorporating action and adventure elements," said Luc Vanhal, President and COO, North America for VU Games. "We believe that Whirl Tour has the universal appeal necessary for success in the global games market and we look forward to launching this title in time for the holiday buying season."

"We're very excited about this new partnership," says Crave Entertainment president Ron Scott. "We expect that the capabilities of the VU Games marketing and sales teams will result in significant consumer awareness and
retail presence for Whirl Tour."

In Whirl Tour, players assume the role of Wasa B., the roadie for the rock band Flipside. After the band is mysteriously kidnapped during a concert, Wasa B. must rescue his friends and uncover the mystery of their capture. The action takes players through eight creative, colorfully rendered, interactive levels, including a castle, a theme park, a movie set and even a floating city.

Players will utilize a variety of gas, electric, and rocket powered scooters to navigate through the game levels. Throughout the game, the player will collect CD-style icons that will add the music tracks to an in-game "jukebox" which functions as a customizable play list.

Further product details regarding Whirl Tour will be announced shortly. For more information about other VU Games initiatives and upcoming product releases, visit http://www.vugames.com .

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