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FINAL FANTASY®XI, THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF THE WORLD-RENOWNED SERIES, GOES ONLINE FOR PLAYSTATION®2 IN NORTH AMERICA

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FINAL FANTASY®XI, THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF THE WORLD-RENOWNED SERIES, GOES ONLINE FOR PLAYSTATION®2 IN NORTH AMERICA

Online Only Title Allows Gamers to Live in a Truly Persistent World, with Cross-Platform Play Between Console and Personal Computer

LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2003 – Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today information about FINAL FANTASY®XI, the highly anticipated new installment to the world-renowned FINAL FANTASY® series, available on PlayStation platforms since 1997. Developed by Square Enix Co., Ltd. and published by Sony Computer Entertainment America, FINAL FANTASY XI, the first online title in the series, is a cross-platform, cross-continent massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG), which allows gamers to connect to the same exact world regardless of whether they are playing on a PlayStation®2 or a personal computer (PC). FINAL FANTASY XI showcases the same award-winning visual content, innovative gameplay and deep storyline that has made the FINAL FANTASY series one of the most popular videogame series in the world, with more than 44 million units sold to date.

FINAL FANTASY XI utilizes the Network Adaptor (Ethernet/modem)(for PlayStation 2) and the upcoming internal hard disk drive (40GB)(for PlayStation 2) to allow players to connect online, either via broadband or dial-up connection, and join in a truly “persistent world” that keeps evolving, growing and developing, even when gamers are not playing. Players can create their alter ego that will exist in the world of “Vana’diel,” and be able to customize characters by race, sex, country of origin, and numerous physical traits. In FINAL FANTASY XI, players will become immersed in an expansive, original storyline as they go on missions and build up their character’s skills and attributes, either alone or with other members of the community, ultimately creating the history of Vana’diel. “We are excited to bring the FINAL FANTASY series online with PlayStation 2. The deep gameplay, numerous regions and always evolving worlds make FINAL FANTASY XI one of the largest, most in depth online adventures ever created, ” said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “FINAL FANTASY XI will revolutionize console gaming with the ability for gamers to join others on quests and adventures regardless of whether they are playing on a PlayStation 2 or a PC. It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.”

Players will embark on multiple adventures through vast environments in the world of Vana’diel, which has more than 100 areas to explore including mountains, forests, ice plains, deserts, oceans, rivers, castles and dungeons. Incorporating time and climate changes, Vana’diel is truly a persistent world, composed of three unique regions: the Republic of Bastok, known for Industry and Might; The Kingdom of San d’Oria, called “A City Within A Fortress;” and the Federation of Windurst, founded on “The Fruits of Knowledge.” These countries enjoyed a friendly relationship on the surface; however, the territorial expansion is a constant desire for all of the countries leaders, and players must chose one of these countries as their home. Once players start their adventure in a rather civilized capital city, they may congregate, chat and do battle with the forces of evil, creating Vana’diel’s history through battles and interactions.

With the ability to create unique characters, choosing from a variety of races, facial features, size, hair-styles and attributes, players will be able to play at their own pace and form parties with other players while embarking on multiple adventures. They can also acquire skills in trades such as leatherworking, fishing, jewel crafting and many more that help them on their quests. Various communication tools have been incorporated into FINAL FANTASY XI to assist in interaction between players, including easy-to-use chat and messaging systems. The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated FINAL FANTASY XI “T” for Teen. For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.

About Square Enix Co. Ltd. and Square Enix U.S.A., Inc.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) develops, publishes and distributes entertainment contents including interactive entertainment software and publications in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. The recent merger between Square and Enix brought two of Japan’s best-selling franchises – FINAL FANTASY®, sold over 44 million units worldwide and DRAGON QUEST®, sold over 30 million units worldwide – under one roof. Both known to be pioneers in the role-playing game (RPG) genre, the unification of Square and Enix has created one of the most influential providers of entertainment content in the world. Square Enix U.S.A. Inc., located in Los Angeles, Calif., handles operations in North America including localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix U.S.A. can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix-usa.com.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one™ game console, and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.