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March 17 2009

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Best Selling Resistance™ Francise Invades PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) System With Resistance: Retribution™

The War against the Chimera Returns to the European Front in an Action Adventure that Captures the Intensity and High Quality Development of its PLAYSTATION®3 System Predecessors

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FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 17, 2009 Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced today the North American launch of Resistance: Retributionexclusively for the PSP™® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system.  Developed by award winning Bend Studio, Resistance: Retribution is the PSP™ system debut of the best selling Resistance franchise. With an all-new story and cast of characters, Resistance: Retribution takes a third person approach to the franchise as gamers work their way through Western Europe to destroy a Chimeran conversion center in Paris. The third title developed by the Bend Studio for the PSP™ system, the team has utilized their expertise in creating high quality titles such as Syphon Filter®: Dark Mirror and Syphon Filter®: Logan’s Shadow to create a world with rich characters, detailed environments, and special effects that truly capture the look and feel of the Resistance universe.

Introducing an unprecedented feature, Resistance™; Connect, owners of both PLAYSTATION®3 exclusive title Resistance 2 developed by Insomniac Games, and Resistance: Retribution have the opportunity to experience the game in a distinctive manner. Divided into two options, Resistance: Retribution™; Plus and Infected, players connect their PSP™ system to their PS3™ system via a USB cable to take advantage of these features. In Infected mode, the players earn regenerative health, the ability to breathe underwater, access to new collectable intelligence, a new skin for their avatar, an alternate storyline, and the HE .44 Magnum, a fan favorite weapon from Resistance 2. With Resistance: Retribution Plus, players can take advantage of the second analog stick and rumble features of the DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller as the controller for the PSP™ system. Combined with the video-out port on the PSP™-2000 or PSP™-3000 systems, Resistance: Retribution Plus transforms Resistance: Retribution into a console game for the home.

“Resistance Connect is a significant step in the future of the PSP™ system” said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SCEA.  “This PSP™ exclusive title demonstrates technology that has not previously been demonstrated on a portable platform, allowing gamers to play a console quality game at home, then immediately continue the experience on the road. Combined with the intense single player campaign, innovative multiplayer modes, and the Infect option, Resistance: Retribution provides gamers with a lot of options on how they want to play and where they want to play.”

The story of Resistance: Retribution is a bridge between Resistance™;: Fall of Man and Resistance 2 and introduces a new character to the franchise, James Grayson. A former British Marine on a personal vendetta to wipe out any and all Chimera he can find, Grayson is recruited by a French resistance group to destroy a Chimeran conversion center in Paris and take back Europe. Along the way players will battle through locations such as Rotterdam, Bonn, Luxemburg and Paris as Grayson discovers more about the Chimera, the mysterious Cloven, and answers questions raised in Resistance 2.

Building upon the Resistance: Fall of Man and Resistance 2 legacy of online play, Resistance: Retribution gives players five multiplayer modes to engage in both ad-hoc and infrastructure gameplay with up to 8 players. Utilizing full headset support, players compete as either members of the French resistance group, the Maquis, or as one of the Cloven on five different maps. Including modes such as deathmatch, capture the flag, and team deathmatch; Bend Studio has developed two unique modes: Containment, where players capture coolant nodes to overheat and destroy the opposing teams reactor, and Assimilation where seven players begin as Maquis soldiers and one as Cloven, the Cloven must kill the Maquis soldiers to incorporate them to the cloven side and win. With stats that tie into franchise web portal, myresistance.net, players can share their ranks with other fans.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Resistance: Retribution 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, the PlayStation®2 computer entertain®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, PlayStation 2™ system, PSP™ and PS3™ systems 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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