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Sierra Entertainment Secures Rights To Publish 'Timeshift' Video Game

Time control FPS coming soon for PC and Xbox 360
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

LOS ANGELES, CA - (May 4th , 2006) - Vivendi Games' Sierra Entertainment today announced that it has secured the rights to publish TimeShiftTM, an original first-person shooter offering unprecedented time-control technology that allows players to stop, slow or reverse time. Developed by Saber Interactive, TimeShift will be released for the Xbox 360TM gaming and entertainment system and PC.

"We are very pleased to have secured the rights to the TimeShift franchise," commented Cindy Cook, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Vivendi Games. "TimeShift is an excellent addition to our 2006 lineup and one that offers something very different to a lot of other FPS titles on the market today."

"Saber Interactive's proprietary Saber3D engine elevates the first-person action genre by melding an epic single-player storyline and mind-blowing multiplayer scenarios with the ability to control time," said Peter Della Penna, EVP of Worldwide Studios for Vivendi Games. "The ability to alter the game's 'time-scape' results in a fundamentally new gameplay dynamic and intensity."

Marked by an epic, time-traveling narrative and cutting edge in-game physics, TimeShift introduces a never-before-seen approach in the genre by challenging players to manipulate time to bring down a totalitarian regime.

Assume the role of renowned and recently retired test pilot Colonel Michael Swift, who is recovering from the tragic loss of his daughter. Desperate for an escape from his misery, Swift accepts a unique offer from the US Government to test an experimental set of time-control devices and become the world's first "chrononaut." During the tests, he inadvertently alters time and returns to a present changed beyond recognition. The democracy he left has become a fascist nightmare - and his knowledge of the events that led to this alternate present has made him an enemy of the state. Armed with the time-shifting Quantum Suit, Swift is now on the run, on a perilous mission to fix the past, present and future.

Developed by Saber Interactive for the Xbox 360 and PC, TimeShift, is scheduled for a worldwide release during 2006. For more information please visit http://timeshift.sierra.com

About Saber Interactive

Saber Interactive is a developer of interactive entertainment products for the PC and next-generation consoles. The company is a leader in the research and development of 3D rendering technology and applies its findings to create visually spectacular and unique games. Saber Interactive has developed one of the most sophisticated cross-platform game engines in the industry, the Saber3d Engine. Headquartered in Cranford, New Jersey with a second development office in St. Petersburg, Russia, the company employs an extremely talented team of software engineers, artists and designers with extensive experience in game development. For more information, visit www.saber3d.com.

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About Vivendi Games

Vivendi Games (www.vivendigames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is the leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG) category, holds leading positions in the PC, console, handheld and mobile games markets, and is an emerging player in casual online games. Vivendi Games' two principal studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment, headquartered in Irvine, CA, the creator of World of Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft; and Sierra Entertainment, headquartered in Los Angeles, which includes Radical Entertainment, Swordfish Studios, High Moon Studios, and Massive Entertainment. Sierra's IPs include Crash Bandicoot, Spyro The Dragon, Empire Earth, SWAT, DarkwatchTM, TimeshiftTM, Ground Control and Leisure Suit Larry. Vivendi Games is also home to Vivendi Mobile Games, publishing games for the emerging mobile market, and Sierra Online, dedicated to publishing casual games for online play and distribution on all platforms. Vivendi Games maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, and Ludlum Entertainment. The company has 16 offices around the world conducting business in 75 countries.

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