OKAGE: Shadow King Transports Players on a Mystical Journey for THE PlayStation®2 Computer Entertainment System

Compelling Storyline, Whimsical Characters and Strong Role-Playing Elements Immerses Players in a Struggle Between Light and Darkness This Holiday Season


Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the release of OKAGE: Shadow King, an engrossing 3D role-playing game (RPG) available exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. OKAGE: Shadow King combines traditional role-playing elements with action-packed, dramatic real-time battle sequences, strategic gameplay and puzzle-solving that will challenge and stimulate gamers' minds. Featuring a mesmerizing storyline with some of the most eccentric characters ever seen in a videogame, OKAGE: Shadow King is set to transport players on a graphically spectacular adventure this fall and throughout the holiday season.

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"The incredible story of OKAGE: Shadow King appeals to both traditional RPG fans and action-adventure enthusiasts with its innovative design, creative plot and unique graphical look," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "Featuring a captivating storyline, twenty beautifully-rendered environments, six extraordinary, entertaining characters and hours of immersive gameplay, OKAGE: Shadow King truly showcases the capabilities of PlayStation 2."

The tale of OKAGE: Shadow King takes place in a remote village called Tenel, where young Ari lives with his family. When a ghost attacks Ari's sister, his father unknowingly unleashes Stan, the spirit of a great evil demon, in a desperate attempt to protect his daughter. Stan agrees to save Ari's sister's life, on the condition that he can possess Ari's shadow, forcing Ari to become his slave. Once resurrected, however, Stan discovers that his powers are weak and he no longer has the ability to instill fear and terror in those he hopes to rule. After learning several other demons already inhabit the world, Stan is convinced that they are the cause of his weakness and forces Ari to join him on a quest to purge the country of these imposters. Navigating as Ari, players will find themselves entangled in a whirlwind of myths, legends and traditions as they make their way across brightly-colored landscapes, encountering whimsical characters, fighting fierce enemies and deciphering the mysterious clues and secrets spread throughout the world in which they live.

OKAGE: Shadow King introduces a unique approach to traditional role-playing games with its stylized visuals and interesting characters, and features dramatic real-time battle sequences in which allies and enemies fight simultaneously. In addition, gamers will discover hundreds of attacks, spells and weapons, and more than 150 items to collect during their adventures through lively towns and ominous dungeons. With its combination of immersive narrative, challenging gameplay, wonderfully animated characters and spectacular graphics, OKAGE: Shadow King adds a unique and exciting role-playing game to the PlayStation 2 catalog this fall.

  Key features in OKAGE: Shadow King:

  -- Innovative and unique approach to traditional role-playing games.
     Players will find themselves enslaved by the shadow of an evil king,
     thrown into battles with hundreds of enemies, engrossed in exploring
     new worlds and wrapped up in trying to solve complex puzzles.
  -- Six creatively developed and entertaining characters, each with their
     own personality, strengths, powers, attacks and spells.
  -- Hundreds of attacks, spells and weapons for players to choose from and
     more than 150 items for players to collect throughout their journey.
  -- Engage in enchanting conversations with unique characters, decipher
     mysterious clues and riddles, unravel the secrets hidden far beneath
     and discover the magic of this charming adventure.
  -- Action-packed, dramatic battle sequences where allies and enemies fight
     simultaneously, all set in real-time environments.
  -- Hours of engrossing gameplay featuring brilliantly imaginative and
     magical three-dimensional worlds with 20 different areas, including
     five towns, six fields and nine dungeons.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates OKAGE: Shadow King "T" for Teen. 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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