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October 09 2007

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Folklore™ Delivers the Perfect Blend of Mystery and Adventure on PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™)

New Action-Adventure Title Provides Unique Tilt-Motion Combat, Vibrant Realms and Creatures and Mysterious In-Depth Storyline

PlayStation.com

FOSTER CITY, Calif., October 9, 2007 – Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) announced today the North American release of Folklore™ available exclusively for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™). Developed by Japanese game developer Game Republic under legendary game creator Yoshiki Okamoto, executive producer for Onimusha™, Devil May Cry™ and Resident Evil™, Folklore is a unique, dark fantasy adventure inspired by western fairy tales.

Regarded as one of the holiday’s most anticipated titles for PS3™, Folklore is the story of two strangers drawn together in an effort to uncover the mystery of a remote village that exists on the border between dreams and reality. The two, Keats and Ellen, learn that the answers they seek lie in the realms of the Netherworld, a fantastic world full of creatures, spirits and monsters. In order to solve a mystery that threatens the balance of this universe, the pair must journey through these worlds, combat creatures beyond imagination and uncover their secrets.

“Using a unique combat system that harnesses the power of PS3™ and SIXAXIS wireless controller, Folklore will physically grab the attention of fantasy action gamers,” said Jeff Reese, Director, Software Marketing, SCEA. “Folklore’s multi-threaded story, artistic environments and sublimely bizarre characters provide a powerful mix that will captivate all those who enjoy playing through a gripping mystery adventure."

The story begins when Ellen receives a letter from her mother, long presumed dead. Meanwhile, Keats, a skeptical journalist working for a paranormal magazine, is urgently called to investigate a mysterious attack. The fate of this unlikely pair converges in the Irish village of Doolin - a quaint, sleepy place which hides a secret gateway to the Netherworld and the answer to a 17-year old mystery. Ellen and Keats, both playable characters, must travel separately through seven vast realms inhabited by “Folks”, strange Netherworld creatures whose powers they must collect and harness if they are to survive.

Players capture the Folks’ powers by using the SIXAXIS controller to tug and reel them out of their bodies. Each Folk has an unique attack ability, adding strategic depth to the gameplay as players must decide which Folk’s powers to employ to defeat their next adversary. There are over 100 beautifully-rendered Folk, each with their own special attacks, powers and anatomy.

Players will begin the game as either Keats or Ellen and learn their story and gameplay style. Keats uses a traditional brawler style while Ellen takes a more strategic approach. Players will experience two parallel yet distinct storylines running through the game - each with its own twists, turns and intrigue. Decisions made in one story line will directly impact the story path of the other. Folklore blends in RPG characteristics including a deep storyline that can equate to over forty hours of gameplay and the ability "level up" the creatures you capture throughout your adventure. The game also includes an Online Dungeon Trial feature that allows players to design custom Folklore dungeons, populate them with creatures they've captured during single player gameplay, and share them with other players online.

Additional Folklore content like new quests, player outfits, and new Folk creatures will be available through download packs, available exclusively on PLAYSTATION®Store.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rated Folklore “T” for “Teen”. 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, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system, and its online and network services the PLAYSTATION®Network and PLAYSTATION®Store.

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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