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Thursday 08 November, 2001

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Warthog PLC
8 November 2001

                                 WARTHOG PLC

                          ('Warthog' or 'the Group')

                       E.T.'S RETURN TO HIS HOME PLANET

Warthog plc, the interactive entertainment software group, today announced
that it has signed an exclusive deal with leading children's video game
publisher, NewKidCo International Inc., to develop a game based on E.T. The
Extra Terrestrial for PlayStation 2.

Warthog was contracted directly by NewKidCo, who entered into an exclusive
multi-year agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group and Amblin
Entertainment to develop and publish interactive entertainment titles in
celebration of the 20th Anniversary release of Steven Spielberg's beloved
classic, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. In March 2002, Universal Pictures and
Amblin Entertainment will re-release E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in a new
edition that includes never-before-seen footage, state-of-the-art
computer-generated enhancements and a digitally-remixed soundtrack.

Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison and produced by
Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, E.T. is the touching story of a lost little
visitor from another planet who is befriended and protected by a young boy.
Together, they find a way to return the young alien home. The film co-starred
Dee Wallace-Stone, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton and Drew

The game; 'E.T. Return to the Green Planet' draws its inspiration from the
book 'The Storybook of the Green Planet'. The book tells of the E.T.'s
adventures on his home planet, after leaving Earth at the end of the film. The
game will demand thought and intuition from its audience and will show E.T.
exploring a rich and colourful environment thanks to the processing power of
the PlayStation 2.

Commenting, Ashley Hall, CEO at Warthog, said:

'We are delighted to have been chosen to develop NewKidCo's 'show-piece' E.T.
PlayStation 2 product. The popularity of E.T. is as strong as ever and the
long awaited re-release of the film is highly anticipated.'

NewKidCo's Paul Samulski, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer

'Warthog has proven, not only to us, but also to the rest of the industry that
they can transform rich screen properties into compelling and entertaining
video games on schedule and within budget. That, and the fact that they have
continually impressed us with their ability to take full advantage of new
technology, made them an obvious choice for this specific SKU within our E.T.



Ashley Hall                                                 0161 608 1200

CEO Warthog plc

Andrew Gething                                              0161 608 1205

Corporate Development - Warthog plc

David Simonson/ Clare Maciocia                              020 7606 1244

Merlin Financial Communications

Notes to Editors

PlayStation 2 is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment of
America Inc.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is licensed by Universal Studios Consumer Products
Group, a part of Universal Pictures Franchise Development, which is a division
of Universal Pictures. Universal Studios (, is part
of CANAL+, the TV and Film division of Vivendi Universal, a new global leader
in media and communications.

About Warthog:

Warthog plc is one of Europe's leading independent software games developers.
The Company, based in Manchester, UK was established in 1997 and has been
profitable since creation. Warthog prides itself on its highly experienced 170
strong development team, whose combined experience covers more than 100 games
titles across all major platforms and most games genres.

At present, the Company is working with numerous high profile licensees to
develop video game versions of such entities as Tiny Toon Adventures,
Animaniacs and X-Men as well as its own game creation Bounty Hunter, for
Microsoft's X-Box. Further to developing games across all platforms, Warthog
retains strong relationships with major international publishers across the
industry, including Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Activision, Crave, Sci and
Infogrames. Warthog has successfully entered the Mobile gaming market with its
first mobile game being published in 2001.

Warthog plc successfully floated on the Alternative Investment Market on the
1st February 2001.

About NewKidCo International:

NewKidCo International Inc. (TSE:NKC; OTC BB:NKCIF), headquartered in New York
City, New York, publishes children's video games based on popular licensed
characters, for interactive entertainment game systems from Sony, Nintendo and
Microsoft. NewKidCo published and distributes their products directly in North
America and in Europe through distribution partner Ubi Soft Entertainment SA.
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