June 03 2008
Ace Golf Franchise Hits the Links and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) This Summer with Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee® 2
Hot Shots Golf® Returns to PSP™® With More Exotic Courses and Funky Characters, Hundreds of Customization Options, and Extensive Online Action
FOSTER CITY, Calif., June 3, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) announced today the North American release of Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee® 2, available exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Developed by Clap Hanz, in conjunction with Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, Santa Monica Studio, Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 delivers another exceptional golf experience onto PSP™, comprised of the franchise’s signature over-the-top graphics and intuitive gameplay. In addition to bringing the charm and wit of the multi-million unit-selling Hot Shots Golf® franchise, the game doubles the amount of wacky characters, detailed courses, and items available since the original Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee® on PSP™. Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 also offers a wide range of multiplayer modes including 16-player online tournaments and Ad Hoc capability for one-on-one or Stroke Mode challenges.
“The Hot Shots Golf franchise is a winning tradition with the PlayStation® brand and we are continuing to implement innovative and intuitive features to deliver the most fun-filled golf experience on the market,” said Jeff Reese, Director, Software Marketing, SCEA. “With gorgeous graphics, extensive online functionality, and variety of fun gameplay modes and courses, Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 brilliantly showcases the capabilities of PSP™ and offers a game that is a must-have for any gamer or golfer.”
For the first time in Hot Shots Golf franchise history, online play has been expanded to facilitate competition between regions worldwide, allowing gamers to challenge other Hot Shots golfers across the globe via Wi-Fi multiplayer. In Wi-Fi, players can go head-to-head in Match Play, create custom rooms, and generate tournaments of up to 16 players. For those seeking a specific game set up, players can also search for friends and tournaments based on select criteria. Additionally, Ad Hoc is available to allow gamers to pick a course, select the number of holes, and tee-off locally with up to seven others. In single player, golfers can engage in Stroke Play mode, offering traditional golf on any available course, as well as Challenge Mode, which gives players the opportunity to compete in a regular season of tournaments and the ability to unlock various characters and items throughout the game. The Multiplayer modes also fully support the Loyalty system and hidden items, allowing players more access to strengthen their favorite characters. To improve individual skills, players can access a Training mode to perfect every drive, pitch, and putt, enhancing their character’s shot-making prowess and overall accuracy with the Hole-in-One mini-game.
Players will have the opportunity to golf on 12 breathtaking courses across a variety of worldly environments such as tropical islands, vast desert plains, snow-capped mountains, and oceanfront spaces. Character customization includes over 350 options to personalize characters with a variety of items including clothing, hairstyles, clubs, accessories, and more. With up to 20 different playable characters, golfers can utilize special combinations of clothing and accessories to provide a unique boost to character attributes as well as overall fashion and style. Successfully conquering challenges within the game will allow players to further upgrade equipment, allowing for more accurate shots, longer drives, and impeccable putting control.
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee an “E” for “Everyone.” For more information about the ERSB visit www.esrb.com.
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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