This announcement reaffirms Empire's policy to capitalise upon its successful franchises and follows its recent announcement to develop a sequel to Starsky & Hutch, which was a UK Top 10 hit for Empire in June 2003.
Big Mutha Truckers 2: Truck Me Harder! ("BMT2") will see the infamous Jackson family return. The game has been considerably enhanced and now includes features such as, day to night environments, visual rig damage and the ability to drive other vehicles.
BMT2 is being developed by Eutechnyx who produced the original game. Eutechnyx has a strong technology base and reputation for developing driving titles.
BMT2 is expected be released on Sony PS2 and Microsoft Xbox worldwide in 2005.
Ian Higgins, CEO of Empire said about the signing:
"Big Mutha Truckers was a successful title for the Group in 2003 and contributed to the record revenues and profit the Group recently announced. Developing a sequel is a natural next step for this key franchise, especially as the first trucking instalment has now sold close to 1 million copies."About Empire Interactive
Empire Interactive is a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software that has been established for 17 years. The company floated on AIM (London Stock Exchange) in July 2000. Headquartered in the UK, Empire Interactive also has offices in the US, Germany, Italy and Spain. The company develops and publishes a varied range of titles for current and next-generation platforms in the US, Europe and Asia. Further information about Empire Interactive and its products can be found at: http://www.empireinteractive.com