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May 13 2003

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RISE TO HONOR™ FEATURES WORLDWIDE FILM STAR JET LI AND INNOVATIVE 360 DEGREE FIGHT SYSTEM EXCLUSIVELY FOR PLAYSTATION®2

Press Release - E3 Rise to Honor FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RISE TO HONOR™ FEATURES WORLDWIDE FILM STAR JET LI AND INNOVATIVE 360 DEGREE FIGHT SYSTEM EXCLUSIVELY FOR PLAYSTATION®2

Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Foster City Studio’s First Internally Developed Title is a Fast-Paced Adventure Inspired by the Hong Kong Action Movie Genre

LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2003 – Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the fall 2003 release of Rise to Honor, a fast-paced action game inspired by the excitement and cinematic styling of the Hong Kong action movie genre, developed exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Created by Sony Computer Entertainment America’s Foster City Studio in collaboration with film star Jet Li, Rise to Honor places gamers at the heart of a Hong Kong action thriller incorporating a 360 degree martial arts fight system, allowing players to battle multiple enemies in any direction simultaneously. Utilizing high-energy hand-to-hand and weapon based gameplay, Rise to Honor depicts Kit Yun (Jet Li) as he struggles with family, deceit and honor in a chain of dangerous events extending from Hong Kong to San Francisco.

Rise to Honor offers an unparalleled level of realism by incorporating an authentic recreation of Jet Li’s signature movements through motion-capture technology. Jet Li and acclaimed action director, Cory Yuen, who has partnered with Li on many projects, worked closely with the development team for two months to plan and perform the fight moves and action choreography seen in Rise to Honor. In addition to his motion capture performance, Li is providing voiceover for the game’s main character, as well as contributing to the creative direction of the project.

“Our art style, combined with Jet Li and the 360 degree fight system really captures the intensity and cinematic feel of the Hong Kong action movie genre,” said Jim Wallace, associate director, Foster City Studio. “We were thrilled when we learned that Jet wanted to collaborate on this project; his creative input on Rise To Honor is helping us truly realize our vision for this ambitious game.”

“Working with Sony to create a game for PlayStation 2 has been a fascinating experience– very different from making a movie,” said Jet Li. “The motion-capture system guarantees extremely realistic movements and we were able to use a lot of actions for the game that we can’t normally put in a film. The result for the player is the feeling that they are the main character in an action movie.”

Rise to Honor follows the story of Kit Yun (Jet Li), the trusted bodyguard of Boss Chiang, the leader of one of Hong Kong’s crime gangs. As Chiang is assassinated, he whispers his dying wish to Kit – to deliver an important message to Chiang’s estranged daughter Michelle in San Francisco. By fulfilling Chiang’s wish, Kit becomes entangled in a web of alliances and hidden agendas that unveil a great struggle between his conflicting sense of duty and honor.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has not yet rated Rise To Honor. For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.

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.