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As WP's senior editor, I edit review and preview articles, attempt to keep up with the frantic pace of Rainier's news posts, and keep our reviewers on deadline, which is akin to herding cats. When I have a moment to myself and don't have my nose in a book, I like to play action/RPG, adventure and platforming games.

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Vivendi and Empire Sign Distribution Deal

by Judy on Sept. 13, 2004 @ 7:08 a.m. PDT

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) and Empire, a UK computer games developer and publisher, today announced an exclusive agreement by which VU Games will market and distribute Empire's multi-platform destructive racing game titled FlatOut in North America.

FlatOut, featuring cinematic graphics and revolutionary "rag-doll" physics, is anticipated to be Empire's biggest North American launch to date. The title is currently being developed by the award-winning Finnish developer, Bugbear Entertainment, and has received critical acclaim from leading games press.

Ian Higgins, CEO of Empire Interactive, commented, "We have worked closely in the past with VU Games and have great respect for their ability and commitment to distribute and market top quality games in North America. We believe their expertise will help make FlatOut a hugely successful addition to Empire's portfolio."

"Empire Interactive has proven to be a great partner of VU Games since 2001, and we are very committed to a successful North American launch of FlatOut early next year," said Philip W. O'Neil, VU Games' President of North America. "Today's announcement truly underscores VU Games' exceptional trade relations and distribution capabilities in North America."

FlatOut will be distributed by VU Games in the United States and Canada on the PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox in the first quarter of 2005. FlatOut will be published in the UK and the rest of Europe by Empire in November 2004.

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