Extermination™ Mutates Onto PlayStation® 2 Computer Entertainment System

Fear of Infection Spreads Through the Action/Adventure Experience Of the Summer


Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today the release of Extermination™, a dynamic action-thriller, available exclusively for the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system. Developed by Deep Space, Inc., Extermination is spawn from the creator of MegaMan™, Ghouls and Ghosts™ and TOMBA!™ and from the executive producer of Bio Hazard™. With its innovative gameplay design, heart-pounding excitement and intense cinematics, Extermination delivers the action-movie experience of the summer.

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Players must navigate through intricate level designs using "on-the-fly" decision making and strategic survival tactics to outlast and defeat a deadly mutant virus. In order to deliver the utmost realism, Deep Space, Inc., collaborated with weapons expert, Ichiro Nagata, who is recognized as an expert in his field and is a writer and photographer for Combat Magazine. Mr. Nagata is licensed to participate in FBI and SWAT weapons training and brought invaluable knowledge to the making of Extermination. Players may customize their weapon, the Special Purpose Rifle 4 (SPR4), with several different types of upgrades, including a tactical grip, grenade launcher, flame thrower, shotgun unit, zoom and night scope among many other components. Combining realistic combat experience with the compelling storyline, Extermination encourages players to use appropriate weapons and tactical planning for the situation at hand.

"Extermination utilizes the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system's phenomenal power to fill environments with rich textures, fluidly animated creatures, unique gameplay elements and pulse-heightening music. Gamers will certainly appreciate the spectacular visual scenes, sophisticated weaponry and intense action," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "Extermination is like a suspenseful action movie that is going to test the mettle of even the most skilled player with its treacherous mutant creatures, plot twists, and terrifying gameplay."

At a top-secret military station in Antarctica, Extermination sets the stage for the mission to save mankind from a virus that infects both organic and inorganic objects. Playing as U.S. Special Forces Marines RECON team "Red Light" member Dennis Riley, players brave unforgiving blizzards and intense pressure situations on a mission through a military base only to discover this biological disaster. Surviving all out carnage is a core element of Extermination, but strategic planning is essential for coming home. Dennis must defeat the mutant creatures and exterminate the virus, before he becomes infected and mutates.

Through the technological capabilities of PlayStation 2, Extermination features enhanced player environments with adverse weather conditions, interactive environments and an extensive collection of creatures and weapon accessories. See the action through a chilling third person view, or an all too real first person view while aiming your weapon. Like a gripping movie, Extermination uses cinematic cut scenes to portray the incredible story of mankind's possible extermination.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has not yet rated Extermination. 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.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PS one game console and PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment 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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