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February 13 2007

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Ratchet & Clank®: Size Matters Explodes Onto The PSP® (PlayStation® Portable)System

The Dynamic Duo from the Best-Selling Ratchet & Clank® Franchise Star in their First Portable Adventure

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Feb. 13, 2007

Ratchet & Clank®: Size Matters Explodes Onto The PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) System

The Dynamic Duo from the Best-Selling Ratchet & Clank® Franchise Star in their First Portable Adventure

FOSTER CITY, Calif., February 13, 2007 – Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the release of Ratchet & Clank®: Size Matters, an all-new sci-fi adventure designed exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system.  Developed by High Impact Games, Ratchet and Clank make their PSP™ debut in the latest installment in the
multimillion-selling series.  Returning to the franchise’s roots with classic Ratchet & Clank gameplay, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters features everything fans have come to expect from the series with explosive weaponry, an immersive storyline and action-packed online gaming.

“We are excited to be bringing one of the most successful franchises on the PlayStation®2 to the PSP® and provide millions of PlayStation fans with a high quality, on-the-go Ratchet & Clank experience,” said Frank Simon, Producer, Product Development, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “Although Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters is completely new, it stays true to what has made the franchise a huge success- the unique weapons, humor, characters, style and engaging storyline.”

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters takes place after the events of Ratchet: Deadlocked™ where players will find Ratchet and Clank taking a much needed vacation. While relaxing, they are approached by a young girl named Luna, who is working on a school report on heroes.  Soon afterwards, Luna is kidnapped by a group of mysterious robots.  Ratchet and Clank set out to rescue her only to discover a much bigger galactic adventure than they’d anticipated.

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters raises the bar on portable gaming by delivering a console-like experience on a handheld system, with smooth controls, visually-stunning graphics and all-new vibrant worlds specifically designed for the PSP™.   Building on the franchise’s reputation for innovative weaponry, High Impact Games utilizes the power of the PSP™ to deliver explosive destruction-wielding weapons made famous in previous Ratchet & Clank games.  In addition to new weapons and gadgets, including the Bee Mine Glove, Acid Bomb, Laser Tracer and Sprout-o-Matic, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters reintroduces fan favorites such as the Blitz Cannon, Agents of Doom and Shrink Ray.

Ratchet’s brainy robotic sidekick, Clank, is back as a playable character with all-new gameplay.  When taking on the role of Clank, players will be able to control the gadgebots, pilot super-sized robotic torsos and engage in space combat missions as Giant Clank.For those looking for a challenge outside of the single-player adventure, Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters features intense, fast-paced multiplayer wireless gaming.  Supporting both Ad-hoc and Infrastructure play, up to four players will have the option to start a game with their friends nearby, or take on other gamers around the country.  Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters incorporates several of the classic multiplayer modes such as Death Match, Team Death Match, Capture the Flag, as well as a new unconventional mode called Iron Lombax.  Iron Lombax is an objective-based mode where players are teamed-up to complete different tasks before their opponents.

Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters is receiving full marketing support in the following categories to extend consumer awareness for the franchise’s debut on the PSP™.

National Broadcast/Cable Advertising Campaign

The television campaign for Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters kicked off the week of 2/05 with a campaign airing on national networks.  The spots will run in various time slots on broadcast, cable and syndicated programming continuing through the first week of March.  A total of two different executions will air on targeted programming with spots on networks including ABC, BET, Comedy Central, ESPN Classic, MTVU, DirecTV, ESPN, FOX, Fuel, G4, MGM Syndication, Fuse, MTV, NBC, Sci Fi, TBS, Adult Swim, TNN, TNT, Tribune Syndication, USA, and VH-1.

National Online/Outdoor Advertising Campaign

To support the mainstream and fan base appeal of Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters, an aggressive online advertising campaign will include over 50 million impressions on gaming, entertainment and action sites such as IGN.com, 1up.com, AdultSwim.com, Comedy Central Motherload, CollegeHumor.com, Heavy.com, Penny-Arcade.com and more.  In addition, a four-week outdoor campaign will begin in early March in the markets of New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters “E-10+” for “Everyone 10 and older.”  For more information about the ESRB, visit www.esrb.org.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, and the ground-breaking PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3) 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 the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2™ computer entertainment system, the PSP™ system and the PS3 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.

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