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Wednesday 25 July, 2001

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Warthog PLC
25 July 2001


Wednesday 25th July 2001


                                PRESS RELEASE


                                 WARTHOG PLC


                          ('Warthog' or 'the Group')



                 WARTHOG COMPLETES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP XTREME


Warthog plc, the AIM listed computer games developer announces the completion
of Rally Championship Xtreme, the next game in Sci/Actualize's highly
successful Rally Championship series, which was announced to be in development
by Warthog in January.  It is the Group's first product in the highly
competitive and popular driving-game genre. The PC version will be released on
September 21st 2001, to be followed by the Playstation 2 version and Xbox
version in 2002.


Sci/Actualize's Rally Championship franchise first appeared over ten years ago
on the PC and has built a solid reputation for authenticity and playability
since. It has so far appeared in six versions and grossed over £40 million
around the world. The latest version combines extreme sports with authentic
rallying action, and includes comprehensive on-line options and advanced car
physics.

The game adds to Warthog's expanding portfolio of product which includes
Asterix: The Gallic War, Tom & Jerry in House TrapO  and Star Trek Invasion.
The company was also responsible for the critically acclaimed Starlancer
published by Microsoft on PC and Ubi Soft on Dreamcast.

The Group recently announced at their maiden preliminary results a 58%
increase in turnover to £3.8 million and its flagship project for Microsoft's
Xbox, Bounty Hunter, which has been developed for US publishers Crave
Entertainment Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc.

Ashley Hall, CEO of Warthog commented:

'Rally Championship Xtreme represents our entrance into the ever popular
driving-game genre. The Rally Championship licence gives the product prestige
from the start and we have worked hard to create a game that will excite the
general gamer as well as the die-hard loyalists.'

Michael Meakin, MD of Actualize added:

'We are delighted to have worked with Warthog on this project.  We wanted the
next version of Rally Championship to be a leap forward in gameplay, graphics
and authenticity. Warthog are our ideal partners to inject new life into the
driving genre.'



Enquiries


Andrew Gething
Warthog plc                                            0161 491 5131

Ashley Hall
CEO Warthog plc                                        0161 491 5131

David Simonson/ Clare Maciocia
Merlin Financial                                       020 7606 1244



Background to Warthog



Warthog was established in 1997 in Cheadle, Cheshire, to develop interactive
entertainment software, primarily for the computer games market.  The Group's
workforce of over 130 includes 80 permanent full time staff and approximately
50 sub-contracted developers and consultants.  It has a highly experienced
development team whose combined experience covers more than 100 games titles
across most major platforms and games genres, and with a wide demographic
spread.



Recent launches have included StarTrek Invasion for PlayStation, Asterix - the
Gallic War for PlayStation and PC, and Tom & Jerry TM for PlayStation and
GameBoy.  Warthog is pioneering the use of multi-player game capabilities
across the internet and is best known to date for its development of the
highly acclaimed game Starlancer for publisher Microsoft, and for Sega's
Dreamcast for publisher Crave Entertainment.  In July 1999, Warthog broadened
its skill base with the purchase, and subsequent integration, of Sourcery
Developments Ltd, a games developer with particular expertise in children's
games for the PlayStation and GameBoy platforms. As well as now developing for
all the major console platforms, Warthog retains strong relationships with a
wide spread of publishers across the industry, including Microsoft, Crave,
Activision, Psygnosis and Infogrames.





                                    

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