Embark on a Heroic Adventure With ICO™ This Summer on the PlayStation®2 Computer Entertainment System

Epic Tale Will Mesmerize Gamers With Stunning Graphics, Interactive Landscapes And Intriguing Character Interaction


Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today the Summer 2001 release of ICO™, a unique, heroic adventure available exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Taking advantage of the technological capabilities of the PlayStation 2, ICO will astound gamers of all ages with its beautiful graphics, immersive storyline and a complementary blend of adventure, role-playing, fighting, puzzle and strategy elements.

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The heroic adventure of ICO will captivate players as they wander into a mysterious forgotten world. In this mythical land, every generation a young boy is born with horns and traditionally sacrificed to help cleanse the community of evil spirits. Ico, this generation's boy born with horns, is consequently kidnapped from his village and taken to an isolated castle where he is placed in a tomb to be sacrificed. Surrounded by solitude, Ico begins to rock the tomb, causing it to tumble and break open, freeing him on the floor below. In the fall, Ico is knocked unconscious and dreams of a young princess trapped inside the castle, calling out to him to rescue her. Ico awakens, and is astonished to find out his dream has become a reality. Realizing his fate, Ico sets off to save the princess, as well as himself, from the wicked queen and the evil spirits that reside within the castle.

"ICO utilizes the technology and power of PlayStation 2 to deliver a riveting storyline featuring breathtakingly brilliant landscapes, beautifully-rendered characters and spectacular lighting effects," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "Gamers will truly enjoy this unique interactive experience filled with logical puzzles and adventure which features graphics so realistic, gamers will find it difficult to differentiate reality from fantasy."

Not easily deterred or intimidated by the queen or other evil elements lurking throughout the adventure, ICO prepares gamers for a perilous escapade through a vast environment of challenging puzzles, from complex brain teasers to simple mazes. As he leads the princess through the secluded castle, murky dungeons, shadowy corridors and magnificent river scenes, Ico must battle spine-chilling monsters and confront the sinister queen.

ICO takes full advantage of the technological capabilities of the PlayStation 2 to deliver stunning graphics, interactive backgrounds, intriguing character interaction and cinematic cut-scenes, guaranteed to excite and capture the attention of gamers for hours on end this summer.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has not yet rated ICO. For more information about the ESRB visit http://www.esrb.org/.

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.

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