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Saturday, January 29, 2011

01/29/2011 - Sony Online Unveils New PSN Titles - Plants vs Zombies comes to PSN
SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT UNVEILS SLATE OF NEW GAMES FOR THE PLAYSTATION®NETWORK
Top PlayStation Network Publisher Reveals New Development Plans and Extends Collaboration with PopCap Games
SAN DIEGO , CALIF.January 29, 2011 – Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today announced a line-up of new titles for the PlayStation®Network, including the hugely popular Plants vs. Zombies™, Acceleration of Suguri X Edition, Slam Bolt Scrappers, Akimi Village, Sideway, and Rochard

“SOE has delivered more than 6.5 million downloads worldwide on the PlayStation Network, including a mix of classic and original intellectual properties, top-tier casual games, and PlayStation Network exclusives,” said Chris Sturr, executive director of business development and corporate strategy at Sony Online Entertainment. “We continually seek creative opportunities to generate new and entertaining ways to enhance a player’s gaming experience and our latest line-up proves this with all-new games that are fun and engaging.”

As a leading publisher on the PlayStation Network, SOE will kick off the year with PopCap’s fan favorite and critically acclaimed, Plants vs. Zombies, followed by a collection of games to entertain and challenge players, including:

Plants vs. Zombies: Scheduled to debut on the PlayStation Network this February, this zombie-zapping downloadable game challenges players to build an arsenal of loyal plants to defend their home against attacking waves of the undead.

Acceleration of Suguri X Edition: SOE and Rockin’ Android team up once more to bring the ultimate in anime-style robot-fighting to the PlayStation Network. In Acceleration of Suguri X Edition, players take on the role of a scorned robot to maneuver through arcade storylines and battle other robots.

Slam Bolt Scrappers: Developed by Fire Hose Games, Slam Bolt Scrappers is an intense building and brawling mash-up, exclusive to the PlayStation Network.  Players aim to construct the greatest towers in Slam Bolt City while defending against devious baddies and epic bosses.

Akimi Village: Developed by NinjaBee, players obtain blueprints, gather resources and construct a village to help rid Akimi Island of lingering gloom in this PlayStation Network exclusive.

Sideway: Set against the gritty art culture in New York City, Sideway follows the adventures of Nox, a 2D rebellious young artist, as he navigates the 3D urban streets. This audacious new PlayStation Network exclusive by Playbrains  and Fuel Industries is scheduled to launch this spring.
           
Rochard: Players embrace the gravity-bending exploits of space miner John Rochard as he discovers the first proof of extra-terrestrial life. Developed by Recoil Games, Rochard combines space exploration and puzzle-solving in a side-scrolling single player experience.

For more information, visit
www.soepress.com.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

01/28/2011 - LA Noire Website Now Live
L.A. Noire Official Site Is Now Live

Today, we present the all new L.A. Noire official website at  www.rockstargames.com/lanoire.

Featuring the first of many character dossiers we’ll be revealing: 
Coroner Carruthers.  A very valuable asset and key contact of Detective Cole Phelps’ at the Los Angeles County Morgue – providing often crucial information for solving a case.  As well as  Homicide - the first of five feature pages on the different crime desks Cole Phelps will work throughout his LAPD career in the game - along with high res screens, including ones too grisly for the Rockstar Newswire.

Look for much, much more to be steadily revealed here over the coming weeks and months leading up to 
L.A. Noire’s May release for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

For mor information please visit:

www.rockstargames.com/lanoire 

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

01/27/2011 - Sony Announces PlayStation Content for Android Phones
SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT TO UNVEIL “PLAYSTATION®SUITE,” DELIVERING THE WORLD OF PLAYSTATION® TO ANDROID TM BASED PORTABLE DEVICES

Simultaneously Launching “PlayStation®Certified” License Program to Provide PlayStation® Content and Development Support for AndroidTMBased Portable Devices
 
Tokyo, January 27, 2011 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today unveiled “PlayStation®Suite” (PS Suite), delivering the PlayStation® experience to Android™ based portable devices*1.  Through this entirely new initiative, users will be able to enjoy PlayStation content on an open operating system for the first time in PlayStation history.

In the dramatically evolving and diversifying mobile market, the number of users who enjoy games casually on a variety of devices including mobile phones, smart-phones and tablet PCs, has been increasing significantly.  By offering “PlayStation quality” content to this rapidly growing market, SCE will not only deliver the PlayStation experience to a wider base of users around the globe, but will also be able to offer game developers and publishers the potential to further expand their business opportunities to these devices.

In providing the PlayStation experience on Android based portable devices, SCE will commence a “PlayStation®Certified” license program for hardware manufacturers.  Through this program, SCE will offer necessary support, including development support as well as logo licensing, to ensure the delivery of PlayStation quality experience across various devices.

On the software front, SCE plans to provide PS Suite content within this calendar year, starting with original PlayStation games*2 (PS one® classics) that will allow users to enjoy “PlayStation quality” gameplay on their Android based portable devices.  SCE also plans to open PlayStation®Store where users will be able to download content in an easy to use environment, directly via the Android based portable devices.  Moreover, SCE will provide a new game development environment in an effort to ensure new and compelling content is delivered on PS Suite, which will also offer opportunities for a wider base of developers and publishers to further expand their business on various portable devices.

Newly developed content for PS Suite can also be enjoyed on the next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP), which SCE announced today.  Users who have never experienced PlayStation content can get a taste of the PlayStation experience through PS Suite and from there, they can enjoy the ultimate portable entertainment experience that is only possible on NGP.
SCE will vigorously enhance the entertainment world delivering the PlayStation experience to a wider base of users.

*1 AndroidTM 2.3 or beyond is required.

*2 PS one game console software title.  We will announce the tiles when ready.

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01/27/2011 - Sony Announces Next Generation Portable
SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES ITS NEXT GENERATION PORTABLE ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM

Ultimate Portable Entertainment System Makes Its Debut This Year, Further Expanding the PlayStation® Business in the Portable Gaming Market

Tokyo, January 27, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced its next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP), which delivers the ultimate portable entertainment experience.  NGP will make its debut at the end of the year 2011.

NGP is designed to offer unparalleled interactive entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation®.  This new system offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context, made possible by leveraging SCE’s experience from both PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) and PlayStation®3 (PS3®) entertainment systems.

Deep and immersive gaming is at the core of PlayStation’s DNA, and NGP is the latest embodiment of this vision.  By having both Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity, together with various applications, NGP will enable infinite possibilities for users to “encounter,” “connect,” “discover,” “share” and “play” with friends wherever they are.  Within the device are a range of features that provide a genuinely cutting-edge, next generation ultimate portable entertainment experience.

Stunning OLED and Revolutionary User Interface
NGP incorporates a beautiful multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display.  A high-performance CPU / GPU combined with OLED enables rich, visually striking graphics never seen before on a portable entertainment system, for both games and other digital entertainment content.  The new system also incorporates a unique multi-touch pad on the rear, and together with the front touch display, NGP offers new game play allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through “touch, grab, trace, push and pull” moves of the fingers.

Super Oval Design and Dual Analog Sticks
While succeeding the basic design philosophy of PSP, NGP adopts the Super Oval Design form factor, created to fit comfortably in users’ hands.  For the first time, a portable entertainment system will feature two analog sticks, which enable a wider range of game genres to be brought into the portable experience.

LiveArea™
Every game title for NGP will be provided with a space called “LiveArea™” where users can share the fun and excitement with other players.  Users will have access to the latest information of games provided from SCE and 3rd party developers and publishers through PlayStation®Network.  Additionally, NGP users will be able to view an “Activity” log that is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which in turn can trigger active real-time communication among users.

Near SCE will also provide location-based services on NGP as part of the basic features utilizing PlayStation Network.  The new application called “Near,” developed specifically for this service and the network, will be pre-installed in the system to let users find out what their friends in the vicinity are playing now or what they were playing recently.  Users can meet their friends and new players virtually, regardless of what games they are playing, simply by sharing their game information across different dimensions of time and distance.

New Game Medium
NGP adopts a new game medium, a small flash memory based card, dedicated for NGP software titles.  Taking advantage of the flash memory feature, this innovative card can store the full software titles plus add-on game content or the game save data directly on to the card. By adopting flash memory based card, SCE will be able to provide game cards with higher capacity in the future, allowing developers to store more game data to deliver rich and immersive games.
NGP will also come equipped with two cameras on its front and rear, as well as three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass, all of which are designed to enable users to enjoy the world of entertainment that is linked with real life experiences.

PlayStation®Suite (PS Suite), announced today, will also closely coordinate with NGP.  The newly developed and released game content for Android™ based portable devices can also be enjoyed on NGP.  As a result, users will have access to not only the most leading-edge content, but also some of the more casual experiences that typify the mobile market place.

SCE will vigorously promote NGP towards the launch as the next generation portable entertainment platform and deploy various measures to further expand the portable gaming market.

< Next generation portable entertainment system ( codename: NGP) >
CPU ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
GPU SGX543MP4+
External Dimensions Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
Screen
(Touch screen) 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
Rear touch pad Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
Cameras Front camera, Rear camera
Sound Built-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
Sensors Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
Location Built-in GPS
Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / Switches PS button
Power button
Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)
Right stick, Left stick
START button, SELECT button
Volume buttons (+/-)
Wireless communications Mobile network connectivity (3G)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

01/26/2011 - Hoard Half-Price On PSN
HOARD(tm) HALF-PRICE ON PLAYSTATION®NETWORK THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2011

Big Sandwich Games’ Critically Acclaimed Action-Strategy Game only $7.49 for 1 Week Only

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — January 26, 2010 — The PlayStation®Network today announced an “11 for 11” sale featuring 11 critically acclaimed titles reduced to half-price for one week only.  Included in this mix is Big Sandwich’s thrilling dragon-themed game HOARD™, where 1 to 4 players compete or co-operate to gather the most gold possible in a limited amount of time.

HOARD™ combines action and strategy elements to create an innovative gameplay mix unlike anything else on the store.  The game features over 35 levels, 4 game modes, 100+ badges to earn, trophy support, leaderboards, and any combination of couch and online players.  Best of all, HOARD™ puts the dragon in the hero’s role, where he must strive against cruel knights, fierce wizards, conniving burglars, and even rampaging giants.

Critics and consumers alike have appreciated HOARD’s unique design.  IGN recently honored HOARD™ with the “Best Quick Fix” Best of 2010 award, and the game was also nominated in the “Best Competitive Multiplayer” category.  Joystiq says “HOARD’s gameplay shines,” and 1UP reports “the game hides a surprising layer of complexity and strategy.”

“If you’ve been keeping an eye on HOARD™ but have been waiting for the right time to try it, now’s officially that time,” says Glenn Barnes, Big Sandwich’s Creative Director.  “For less than 8 bucks you get a proven, acclaimed game with over 20 hours of gameplay.  It’s a no-brainer.”

Gamers can purchase HOARD™ on the PlayStation®Network for the half-price discount through January 31, 2011.

About HOARDTM:

HOARD™ is Big Sandwich Games’ innovative strategy arcade game where up to four players compete as dragons, burning medieval villages, kidnapping princesses, roasting thieves, and otherwise trying to collect as much gold as possible for their hoards.  Local and online multiplayer play are supported for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system version, as are leaderboards and other PlayStation®Network community features.  Visit the official website (
www.hoardgame.com) or become a fan on Facebook®.

About Big Sandwich Games, Inc.:

Big Sandwich Games is an independent game development studio based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Founded in 2006 by industry veteran programmers, artists, and designers, Big Sandwich Games’ mission is to create distinctive and memorable original titles of the highest quality gameplay and visuals. Big Sandwich Games uses its proprietary ClubhouseTM engine to leverage authorized developer status for PlayStation®3 system, PSP system, Xbox 360®, Wii®, DS®, and iPhone®. Visit the website at
www.bigsandwichgames.com

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