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SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA ANNOUNCES WINTER 2004 ARRIVAL FOR THE GETAWAY: BLACK MONDAY, EXCLUSIVELY ON PLAYSTATION®2

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SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA ANNOUNCES WINTER 2004 ARRIVAL FOR THE GETAWAY: BLACK MONDAY, EXCLUSIVELY ON PLAYSTATION�2
Team Soho�s Sequel to the Multimillion Unit Selling Hit, The Getaway, Brings Gamers Back to the London Underworld with Mix of Cinematic Narrative and Cutting Edge Gameplay

LOS ANGELES, May 11, 2004 – Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the winter 2004 release of The Getaway: Black Monday , the highly anticipated sequel to the worldwide best seller and “Greatest Hits” title, The Getaway. Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s Team Soho, The Getaway: Black Monday fuses gaming and cinematic storytelling into one medium, providing players with a one-of-a-kind interactive entertainment experience. Team Soho used more than 25 square miles of London with 17 new locations for the sequel, including portions of the “Underground” subway to give The Getaway: Black Monday a truly authentic look at the London gangs and crime scene in an engrossing gangland thriller.

Giving gamers a refined and enriched gameplay experience for the sequel, The Getaway: Black Monday offers more responsive driving and on-foot controls, huge variety in mission types with free roaming gameplay, and three new playable characters, Eddie, Mitch and Sam, with their own skills, attitude and motivations.
The Getaway: Black Monday is a single story with two halves, shown from three unique perspectives, interwoven by a chain of events and twists that culminate in an explosive showdown with London’s new gangland boss . Gamers will piece together parts of the story from these different perspectives while making critical decisions that influence the final outcome of the game.

“Team Soho has reached new heights in
The Getaway: Black Monday with its unique cinematic narrative and realistic portrayal of London ,” said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America . “Building on the success of the critically acclaimed original,
The Getaway: Black Monday gives players the ambiance and realism of film combined with the excitement of action and driving gameplay that plunges deeper into the seedy back alleys and crime circles of London.”

The Getaway: Black Monday boasts a cast of more than 20 actors who were motion-captured as they acted out scenes that delve into organized crime rings in London. Those scenes were then transferred into dramatic digital cinematic cut-scenes and interspersed throughout the gameplay for an authentic movie feel.

“With The Getaway: Black Monday, we are pushing the concept of cinematic gameplay to new heights through blending a compelling sophisticated narrative with an unprecedented depth and quality of gameplay into a single, consistent piece of entertainment,” said Naresh Hirani, game director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “The Getaway: Black Monday represents a significant milestone in the path toward a fully dynamic game experience by offering the ability for players to shape and control their destiny. Players will no longer be a slave to the narrative.”

The Getaway: Black Monday leaves it up to the player to decide how to play and how the story ends, from choosing how to complete missions, to deciding whether to drive or run to the next real London location. Three playable characters provide a variety of gameplay options and scenarios where interior, exterior and narrative sequences blend together seamlessly in one continuous experience. While watching the events unfold and intertwine, players experience versatility in missions, as each character has his or her own agenda, strengths, and resources.
The Getaway: Black Monday further blurs the line between movies and videogames, with its thrilling storyline, intriguing characters, cinematic cut-scenes and intense orchestral score.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has not yet rated The Getaway: Black Monday . 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®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 game console and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PlayStation 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.