PunkBuster To Strike F.E.A.R.TM Into Cheaters

Press Release

Version 1.3 Update introduces PunkBusterTM, vote kick and new maps

LOS ANGELES – February 06, 2006 – Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced that the post launch support for Sierra Entertainments award-winning F.E.A.R.TM (First Encounter Assault Recon), will continue with the launch of the new, version 1.3 update on Tuesday, February 7, 2006.

The new update will include the introduction of the PunkBusterTM anti-cheat software, a vote kick option that allows players to be removed from multiplayer games for unsporting behavior, and 3 new multiplayer maps. This update follows the recent launch of the F.E.A.R. SDK (Software Development Kit) and stand-alone server software for both Linux and Win32.

Developed by Monolith Productions, F.E.A.R. is an intense first-person close-quarters combat experience with rich atmosphere and an engaging, paranormal horror storyline. F.E.A.R. is also one of the most critically acclaimed titles of 2005, receiving 62 awards to date, including Best PC Game of 2005 and Best Shooter of 2005 as voted for by the readers of Gamespot.com and IGN.com.

To get more information on F.E.A.R., or to download the demo, please visit www.whatisfear.com. To download the SDK and server software, please visit www.fearfans.com. For more information on PunkBuster, please visit www.punkbuster.com.

F.E.A.R. has been rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB.

About Monolith Productions
Monolith Productions, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, located in Kirkland, Washington, employs over 100 people. Over the past 10 years, Monolith has risen to critical acclaim through an emphasis on delivering quality products such as the No One Lives Forever franchise and Tron 2.0

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, Swordfish Studios and High Moon 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 and Ground Control®. VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox and Ludlum Entertainment.

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