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February 19 2002

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989 SPORTS® TO ADD THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR SPORT TO ITS LINE-UP WITH WORLD TOUR SOCCER™ 2002

989 SPORTS® TO ADD THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR SPORT TO ITS LINE-UP WITH WORLD TOUR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

989 SPORTS® TO ADD THE WORLD'S MOST POPULAR SPORT TO ITS LINE-UP WITH WORLD TOUR SOCCER™ 2002

Over 300 Club and International Teams With More Than 5,000 Players Makes World Tour Soccer 2002 the Choice For True Soccer Fans

FOSTER CITY, Calif., February 19, 2002 -
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the addition of the world's most popular sport to the 989 Sports® development team line-up with World Tour Soccer™ 2002, now available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The title features more than 300 teams from throughout the world including national teams like USA, England, Brazil, France, Germany, Canada and Japan and international clubs the likes of Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool, historic powerhouse clubs from the past and more than 5,000 players represented in remarkable detail. With unparalleled depth of teams, players and gameplay, World Tour Soccer 2002 is poised to be the choice for fans and loyalists who truly know and love soccer.

World Tour Soccer 2002 brings the fervor of the world's game to the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system as teams battle for victory in an array of spectacular stadiums filled with loud, passionate fans boisterously supporting their team with electrifying chants while waving their team and country flags. All the while, gamers have the ability to pull off authentic moves including high-flying headers, bicycle kicks and 360 degree spins while maintaining complete control of the ball.

"From the intricately detailed stadiums and roaring fans waving flags to the fine-tuned player animations, soccer fans and gamers will appreciate the level of detail delivered by World Tour Soccer 2002," said Kelly Ryan, director, sports product development, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "True-to-life player models and realistic ball physics combined with quick and responsive controls make World Tour Soccer 2002 the most authentic and fun-playing soccer game available."

Fronted by cover athlete and USA National Team member Joe-Max Moore, World Tour Soccer 2002 gives gamers the chance to test their soccer knowledge, strategy and skills against the world's best. Whether playing a single marquee exhibition match or managing their customized team through a grueling tournament in a quest for the championship, gamers will experience world-class gameplay and the most intense international soccer action.

"989 Sports is extremely pleased to bring a truly authentic version of the world's most popular sport to PlayStation 2 by adding World Tour Soccer 2002 to our line-up," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "World Tour Soccer 2002's addition to the 989 Sports brand further proves our commitment and dedication to delivering the competitive intensity of sports to the home and to sports fans."

World Tour Soccer 2002 for PlayStation 2 Key Features:

  • 300 World-Class Teams and Clubs - More than 300 teams including national and club teams truly illustrate the world's passion for soccer. Play as or against elite national teams like France, Germany, Brazil and England, or play a match involving international club teams from 11 different leagues including classic powerhouse clubs from the past.

  • Authentic FIFPro License - World Tour Soccer 2002 is officially licensed by the governing body of FIFPro international. The license gives the game authentication by providing the rights to more than 300 teams, 5000 players and nine different stadiums replicated to lifelike detail. More than 250 soccer stars faces have been mapped onto individual player models.

  • World-Class Player Control & Realism - Playing the world for the championship has never been so realistic with controls and player responses so authentic gamers will think they are playing a real soccer match. Play with a revolutionary passing system that gives users complete control over the ball while running, passing and moving around the field. Execute a variety of moves like high-flying headers, bicycle kicks, slide shots, hard tackles, hurdles and 360 degree spins. Aggressive goaltenders perform multiple dives, blocks and moves in an effort to keep the world's best out of the net. Special skill moves including a step over along with two types of shimmy moves put gamers in complete control.

  • World-Class GamePlay - Play in a physical single exhibition match or try your luck in a grueling tournament in a quest for the championship. The national season gives users the opportunity to compete in the English, Spanish, Dutch, French, Italian, German, Scottish, Belgian and Portuguese seasons and compete for the championship of each country. Enter the international competition and see if your team has what it takes to win it all in pursuit of the ultimate trophy. Special competitions allow you to play as or against classic clubs from the past as well as customize your own league and tournament giving you complete control of your soccer schedule.

  • Complete Team Management - Manage your team's strategy and tactics with multiple customizable playing formations. Gamers can tailor all of the details of their team including names, numbers and uniforms.

  • Intense Soccer Action - Player's reactions and emotions following a play truly illustrate the intense action packed into World Tour Soccer 2002. Players plead and argue with referees while they are being booked with a red or yellow card, shout at each other following a mistake, look to the skies following a blown opportunity and tackle one another following a game-winning goal.

  • Real Weather and Field Effects - Play during the day or in the evening under the stadium lights. Rain, snow and fog influence the team's performance. As the match unfolds, watch as the field weathers in wet and dry conditions. Fireworks fill the stadium sky following a victory in championship play.

    The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates World Tour Soccer 2002 "E" for "Everyone." For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.

    About 989 Sports

    989 Sports is the sports software brand of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. Known for its top-selling sports franchise titles such as NFL GameDay™, MLB™, NBA ShootOut, NHL FaceOff™, NCAA® Final Four® and NCAA® GameBreaker™, 989 Sports is committed to developing authentic and innovative sports games to appeal to both the professional athlete and hard-core sports videogame fan.

    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.

    Visit us on the Web at www.989sports.com