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Monday 28 April, 2003

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Warthog PLC
28 April 2003

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28th April 2003

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                                  WARTHOG PLC

                           ('Warthog' or 'the Group')


                Warthog signs deal with Vivendi Universal Games

Warthog plc, the interactive entertainment software group, today announces that
it has been commissioned by Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) to create a
multi-platform video game based around the classic science fiction TV series,
Battlestar Galactica. This is the first time that the franchise has appeared on
a games console.

The interactive game, for PS2 and Xbox, is a story-driven space action-adventure
that takes place at the end of the Cylon-Colonial Wars, 40 years prior to the
setting of the original TV series. In the game, players will assume the role of
Ensign William Adama in his critical first assignment as a pilot aboard the
great warship Battlestar Galactica.

The game will be released in Q3 2003.

Jim Wilson, EVP of Development, VU Games commented:

'Battlestar Galactica will have an epic feel with dramatic rendered cinematic
sequences setting the tone for massive battles in deep space. The game will
extend the Battlestar experience for new and old fans, enabling them to engage
in Adama's first tour of duty.'

Warthog's Managing Director, Ashley Hall, added:

'Battlestar Galactica will be remembered fondly by the target market for the
game so, while it is an honour to work on such a big property, it is up to us to
make the gaming experience as genuine as possible. By pushing the console
technology to its very limits, we are making this happen.'


Andrew Gething
Corporate Development - Warthog plc                      0161 608 1200

Ashley Hall
CEO Warthog plc                                          0161 608 1200

Clare Maciocia
Merlin Financial Communications                          0207 606 1244

Notes to Editors

Warthog plc

Warthog plc is one of the leading independent games software developers. The
Company, based in Manchester, UK with offices in the USA and Sweden was
established in 1997 and has been profitable since creation. Warthog prides
itself on its highly experienced 250 + strong development team, whose combined
experience covers more than 1500 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 Looney Tunes: Back in Action,
Animaniacs and X-Men's Wolverines Revenge as well as its own game creations Mace
Griffin Bounty Hunter and X10. Further to developing games across all platforms,
Warthog retains strong relationships with major international publishers across
the industry, including THQ, Electronic Arts, Activision, Universal Studios,
Warner Bros, SCi, BBC and Infogrames. Warthog's first mobile game was
successfully published in 2001.

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

Battlestar Galactica

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the hit TV series Battlestar Galactica
which tells the story of the last surviving human colony on the run from an evil
robotic race in search of its mythical home world, Earth. The series was
produced by Universal Television and Glen A. Larson and was first broadcast on
ABC in September 1978. Starring Lorne Green, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict,
this epic space saga went on to become a veritable sci-fi classic. Although only
36 episodes were created, Battlestar Galactica has enjoyed syndication success
for the last two decades, most recently on the SCI FI Channel.

The original series will be released later this year on home video and DVD. In
addition, a new Battlestar Galactica miniseries will debut on the SCI FI Channel
in December. Currently in production, the miniseries is written by Ronald D.
Moore (Roswell, Mission: Impossible II, Start Trek: First Contact) and directed
by Michael Rymer (Queen of the Damned), with David Eick (American Gothic,
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) and Moore serving as executive producers. The
beloved Battlestar gets a modern twist when SCI FI re-imagines the
groundbreaking series with stars Edward James Olmos (Stand and Deliver Oscar
nominee, Miami Vice Golden Globe winner) and Mary McDonnell (Dances With Wolves)
at the helm. Additional information can be found at

Universal Studios Consumer Products Group

Battlestar Galactica is licensed by Universal Studios Consumer Products Group
(USCPG) which is responsible for global licensing and retail strategies as well
as building brand recognition. USCPG is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division
of Vivendi UNIVERSAL Entertainment (VUE) (, the
U.S.-based film, television and recreation entity of Vivendi Universal, a global
media and communications company.

Vivendi Universal Games

Headquartered in New York, Vivendi Universal Games ( is a global
leader in multi-platform interactive entertainment. A leading publisher of PC,
console and online-based interactive content, Vivendi Universal Games' portfolio
of development studios includes Black Label Games, Blizzard Entertainment,
Coktel, Fox Interactive, Knowledge Adventure, NDA Productions, 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 Crave Entertainment,
Interplay, Majesco, Mythic Entertainment and Simon & Schuster, among others.

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Battlestar Galactica interactive game (c) 2003 Universal Interactive, Inc.
Battlestar Galactica and related characters are TM and (c) of Universal Studios.
Published and distributed by Universal Interactive, Inc. Vivendi Universal Games
and the Vivendi Universal Games logo are trademarks of Vivendi Universal Games,
Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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