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October 03 2006



Oct. 10, 2006


Tactical Combat meets Action/Driving Hybrid as Gamers Explore Londons Streets & Landmarks in the Palm of their Hands with Stunning Graphic-Novel Style Narratives, Crime Action and Unique Mini-Games

FOSTER CITY, Calif., October 3, 2006 – Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the North American release of Gangs of London™, exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Created by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s London Studio, developers of The Getaway franchise, Gangs of London is designed specifically for the PSP™ system. Presented in gritty graphic-novel style narratives, Gangs of London provides gamers with a unique visual presentation and dynamic storylines. Built from the ground up for the PSP™ system, gamers will play through over 60 different missions that will immerse them into the elite criminal underworld of modern day London. Complete with new gameplay modes, Gangs of London gives each player an original portable gaming experience by introducing tactical squad-based gameplay into the Action/Driving genre.

Gangs of London is varied, quick-fire, and fun with all original content designed exclusively for the PSP™ system. Now you can control and give orders to your team of gangsters to orchestrate the most ruthless takeover of the London underworld,” said Daniel Navarro, London Studio, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “We are excited by its innovative combination of the squad-based and driving genres rooted in an intense depiction of London’s criminal underworld.”  

Gameplay Description / Key Features

Gangs of London offers a variety of modes of play including Story Mode, Gang Battle, Free Roaming, London Pub Games and a unique Game Sharing mode.  In Story Mode, players choose the gang they want to lead and use strategy and skill to stay one step ahead of the competition.  Each mission is separated with graphic novel stylized narratives that guide players through the background story of criminal masterminds fighting for the right to be called London’s number one gangster.  Gamers can re-play the game from different gang perspectives, allowing for a different take on this ruthless takeover of London.

Combining some of the best elements of turn-based strategy and card games, Gang Battle mode provides players with an interactive map on which they must use criminal force to attack and defend territories of London.  Using a combination of skill, nerve and chance, gamers can take on up to four other gamers on a single PSP™ system, or compete against up to four AI controlled players.

Seven Free Roaming modes in total are available in Gangs of London to keep gamers busy outside of the Story Mode. Free Drive mode allows players to explore and tackle 25 square miles of London replicated for the PSP™ system.  Choose between a variety of characters, vehicles, weapons, time of day, and police levels to create the experience you desire. Additionally, gamers may unlock the London Tourist mode, where they will be tasked with exploring and photographing the city’s most famous landmarks to unlock game extras. Other Free Roaming modes to unlock include Speed Trap, Riot Control, Getaway, Four Weeks Later and The Knowledge. If it’s pickup and play gaming that players are looking for, Gangs of London also offers a set of British Pub mini-games that include darts, pool and skittles.

Gangs of London also supports a completely original Game Share mode that will generate a new level unique to each PSP™, with the content dependent on the serial number of the target system. Once activated, players will find themselves faced with uniquely different mission objectives, environments, characters and weaponry.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PS one™ game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the upcoming, much-anticipated PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

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 PS one game console, PlayStation 2™ computer entertainment system and PSP™ handheld entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif.  Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as regional headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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