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THE MARK OF KRI™ PROPELS EPIC ACTION, ADVENTURE AND AN INNOVATIVE COMBAT SYSTEM ONTO PLAYSTATION®2 THIS SUMMER

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THE MARK OF KRI™ PROPELS EPIC ACTION, ADVENTURE AND AN INNOVATIVE COMBAT SYSTEM ONTO PLAYSTATION®2 THIS SUMMER


Highly Acclaimed Title Offers a New Adventure of Discovery and Conflict


FOSTER CITY, Calif., July 30, 2002 -
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the release of The Mark of Kri™, exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The Mark of Kri features a unique combat system, gorgeous animation sequences and an immersive storyline. Through artistically sketched in-game movies that blend seamlessly into gameplay with highly stylized characters, The Mark of Kri represents the platform’s vision of converging multiple forms of entertainment including art, movies, animation and gaming into one complete package on PlayStation 2.

As the first fully internally designed and developed title by Sony Computer Entertainment America’s San Diego development studio, The Mark of Kri is set to make a striking impact on gamers and the action-adventure genre through its innovative approach. The collaboration of individual team members’ expertise in traditional sketch drawing, the film industry, animation and game design converge to make this truly interactive story and adventure a reality.

"With its proprietary and innovative combat system and intense strategic adventure, The Mark of Kri really is the ‘thinking man’s fighting game,’” said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “We are adding a truly unique title to the PlayStation 2 library that takes a whole new approach to adventure and action-fighting gaming never experienced before.”

Set in richly detailed 3D environments, each with its own distinct styles and themes, Rau, a fierce warrior, must battle the denizens of the dark world to prevent the invoking of an ancient spell that holds the power to unleash great evil throughout the land. Along with his loyal and trusted spirit guide, Kuzo, a large black bird, Rau embarks on an exhilarating journey that requires stealth, aggressive-action moves and calculated planning. Kuzo plays a crucial strategic role in the quest with his ability to retrieve items, distract opponents and scout ahead to perches for a bird’s-eye view of looming danger. Grounded in realism and accentuated by captivating music from Juno Reactor, The Mark of Kri will keep gamers entertained for hours.

The Mark of Kri offers a combat system like no other, in which the player can attack enemies in all directions while performing fluid animated combinations. Whether in stealth or combat mode, players use the right analog stick to “lock-on” to up to nine opponents at a time and can perform numerous dynamically detailed combinations to defeat increasingly persistent enemies. Using four powerful weapons, including a broadsword, bow and arrow, battle axe and the authentic and sacred Taiaha (spear) from New Zealand, Rau must defeat each enemy before advancing to the next area. Selecting targets and using the best weapon and tactic for the situation will take precedence over pure annihilation of the enemies.

Combining the power of PlayStation 2 with the rich talents of a diverse development team, The Mark of Kri denotes the addition of another innovative and unique title for the catalog.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated The Mark of Kri ‘M’ for Mature. 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® 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.