FOSTER CITY, Calif., May 2, 2005 – Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today six new software titles to be available exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the PlayStation® Portable entertainment system. For PlayStation 2, system software titles include Shadow of the Colossus, Genji: Dawn of the Samurai and Neopets: The Darkest Faerie . For PlayStation Portable, three titles include MediEvil® Resurrection, The Con and Neopets: Petpet Adventures - The Wand of Wishing. Covering action-adventure to combat genres, these upcoming releases targeted at all ages will be available beginning in August through December 2005.
"As we enter the holiday season for 2005, we are committed to offer a wide variety of content for both PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable that is both broad-appealing and cutting edge for the casual to most savvy gamer," said Sharon Shapiro, senior director, promotions and sports marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "At E3 this year, we will preview more than a dozen software titles that are published by Sony Computer Entertainment America and will be available before the year's end."
Description for each PlayStation 2 title listed below:
Neopets: The Darkest Faerie , Available August 2005
Developed and created by Sony Computer Entertainment America, Santa Monica, and Neopets Inc., Neopets: The Darkest Faerie is an action-adventure game that extends the online entertainment of Neopets.com and provides a fully interactive offline experience. In Neopets: The Darkest Faerie , players enter the land of Neopia for the first time in 3D and journey with Neopian characters on an adventure to rid the world from the evil Darkest Faerie. Together they will travel through new lands, meet strange inhabitants and discover a mystery unseen by Neopian eyes.
With more than 30 million users, Neopets.com is the fastest growing youth community in the world. Neopets.com is consistently ranked among the top 10 stickiest sites on the Internet, generating more than seven billion page views worldwide per month.
Genji: Dawn of the Samurai – Available Fall 2005
Developed in conjunction with Game Republic and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, Genji: Dawn of the Samurai TM is an intense 3D action-adventure game. Inspired by the 11 th century Japanese literary masterpiece, Tale of Genji, Genji: Dawn of the Samurai provides a dramatic samurai plot fused with fantastical Japanese mythology. This historic samurai tale is set against the beautiful and elegant environments of feudal Japan, and delivers a story of two noble warriors engaged in a crusade against mythical forces controlling Japan. In addition, Genji: Dawn of the Samurai features authentic swordplay choreographed by Japan's leading sword fight composer, and production directed by acclaimed industry veterans.
Shadow of the Colossus – Available Fall 2005
Developed in conjunction with the developers of the critically acclaimed ICO that released in 2001 exclusively for the PlayStation 2 system, comes an epic adventure – Shadow of the Colossus . In Shadow of the Colossus , players take the role of a young man seeking the truth of an ancient tale of power hidden in a mystical land. Shadow of the Colossus is a majestic journey to seek out and destroy gigantic mythical beasts. With a trusty horse at your side, players explore the spacious lands and unearth each Colossi. The uneasy task of defeating a Colossus relies on intelligent puzzle solving and action oriented gameplay. Armed with strong wits, a mystical sword and a sturdy bow, players use cunning and strategy to topple each behemoth.
Description for each PlayStation Portable software title listed below:
MediEvil Resurrection – Available September 2005
Developed in conjunction with Cambridge Studios, MediEvil® Resurrection puts players in the role of Sir Daniel Fortesque to embark on a gothic journey of redemption to defeat the evil sorcerer Zarok. Inspired by the myths, characters, and environments of the popular PS one franchise, MediEvil Resurrection provides players with an enchanting storyline filled with numerous levels and gameplay locations, supported with various characters, enemies, weapons, and mini-games that take place in the realm of Gallowmere. In addition, using Wi-Fi gameplay via Ad Hoc mode, players can compete head-to-head in various arcade-style mini games.
The Con – Available October 2005
Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment America's Santa Monica Studios and Think & Feel, The Con is an innovative 3D fighting game based on an underworld where illegal fighting tournaments exist and high-stakes gambling takes center stage. During gameplay, players can create, customize andtrain their fighter to fight solo or in a team of three. In Story Mode, players can made a bet, pump up the odds and con everyone for the big payoff. In addition, utilizing Ad Hoc mode that enables wireless gaming, The Con allows players to compete in various head-to-head fighting matches. Throughout gameplay, players can learn re-programmable fighting combinations based on five different brawling disciplines - Boxing, Wrestling, Kick Boxing, Tae Kwon Do and Jeet Kune Do.
Neopets: Petpet Adventures - The Wand of Wishing – Available November 2005
Developed and created by Sony Computer Entertainment America, Santa Monica, and Neopets Inc., Neopets: Petpet Adventures - The Wand of Wishing is an action RPG game that brings the hidden world of the petpets to life in 3D for the first time. Players can choose from a variety of popular petpet characters to play and, utilizing the wireless Ad-Hoc mode, they will also be able to compete head-to-head in the Battledome and buy, sell and trade special items in the search to recover the fabled wand of wishing.
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has not yet rated Neopets: The Darkest Faerie, Genji: Dawn of the Samurai, Shadow of the Colossus, MediEvil Resurrection, The Con and Neopets: Petpet Adventures - The Wand of Wishing . For more information about the ERSB visit www.esrb.com.
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Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one™ game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) 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. PSP is a new portable entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.
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, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PSP 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.