Press Release: Universal Interactive Expands Roster of Games Derived from J.R.R. Tolkien's Literary Epic - New Games coming in the Fall

UNIVERSAL INTERACTIVE EXPANDS ROSTER OF GAMES DERIVED FROM J.R.R. TOLKIEN'S LITERARY EPIC THE LORD OF THE RINGS

New Titles Announced For The PlayStation 2 Computer Entertainment System And The PC

Playstation 2 Screenshot: A Sword FightPlaystation 2 Screenshot: A Sword FightLOS ANGELES, Calif., May 21, 2002 (E3 Booth #1200, South Hall) - Universal Interactive, a studio of Vivendi Universal Games, has announced that it will publish additional J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired video games.

"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," in development by Seattle-based Surreal Software, is scheduled for release in fourth quarter 2002 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PC.  An action/adventure, the game features three members of the Fellowship as playable characters. 

PS 2 Screenshot: A Shaft of LightPS 2 Screenshot: A Shaft of LightIn a storyline faithful to the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic novel, players relive the experiences of Frodo, Aragorn and Gandalf as they journey from the peaceful lands of the Shire through the darkness of Moria to the River Anduin.  On their quest to protect the One Ring from the Dark Lord Sauron, players will explore the massive environments of Middle-earth while solving puzzles and fighting enemies such as Orcs, Black Riders and an evil Balrog.

"As source material for the creation of compelling interactive entertainment, J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings' is incomparable," said Jim Wilson, president of Universal Interactive.  "Universal Interactive's goal is to create the most authentic 'Lord of the Rings' game experience possible by drawing from Tolkien's intricate plot, expansive environments, and host of unique characters.  The new title unveiled at E3 this week will extend the game's availability to an increased number of action/adventure gamers and Tolkien fans."

PS 2 Screenshot: Orcs Under a Night SkyPS 2 Screenshot: Orcs Under a Night SkyAs part of Vivendi Universal Games' long-term agreement with Tolkien Enterprises, the company acquired the exclusive rights to develop interactive entertainment based on selected Tolkien literary works.  Universal Interactive and Sierra Entertainment are responsible for developing products for the license. 

Universal Interactive is also scheduled to publish "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" for the Xbox( video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo Game Boy Advance.  Further information about Universal Interactive' titles based on the greatest literary epic of the 20th century, J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," is available at www.lordoftherings.com.

PS 2 Screenshot: Aragorn FightingPS 2 Screenshot: Aragorn FightingAbout Universal Interactive
Universal Interactive is a leading global interactive entertainment company focusing on the development of world-renowned, studio-based and original franchises across multiple game platforms including handheld, next generation game consoles and the PC. The company's owned and licensed properties include Bruce Lee, Crash Bandicoot, The Hulk, The Scorpion King, and Spyro the Dragon.  Based in Universal City, Calif., Universal Interactive is a studio of Vivendi Universal Publishing and part of the company's Vivendi Universal Games division.

About Vivendi Universal Games
Headquartered in New York, NY, Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a worldwide operating division of Vivendi Universal Publishing and a global leader in multi-platform interactive entertainment.  A leading publisher of PC, console and online-based interactive content, the Company's portfolio of development studios includes Blizzard Entertainment, 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 Empire Interactive, Fox Interactive, Mythic Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, among others.  Games are one of parent company Vivendi Universal's key content areas, along with movies, music and other publishing activities.

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