989 Sports® NCAA® GameBreaker® 2004 Takes College Football Online for PlayStation®2

Highly Anticipated College Gridiron Title Features Revolutionary Online Mode Creating Best Ever College Football Gaming Experience


Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that NCAA® GameBreaker® 2004 from the 989 Sports® development team is now available in stores, marking the highly anticipated launch of the most advanced online-compatible college football game available for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. With more than 117 teams to choose from, 27 bowl games and more than 50 new animated mascots, cheerleaders, and sideline personnel, NCAA GameBreaker 2004 also features revolutionary online play through 989SportsOnline, allowing gamers to go head-to-head nationwide for college gridiron superiority.

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Fronted by All-American running back Larry Johnson from Penn State University, NCAA GameBreaker 2004 sports the most realistic gameplay imaginable with all-new features including Practice Mode, Coaching Career Mode and Play Editor where gamers can create their own plays and incorporate them into their team's playbook. For the first time in the history of the NCAA GameBreaker franchise, sports fans can also take their football skills online and battle it out for the national championship. Through 989SportsOnline, the revolutionary central lobby connecting all 989 Sports titles, NCAA GameBreaker 2004 allows sports gamers nationwide to compete in tournaments, check stats for their favorite college team with live sports ticker updates, and voice chat live with their opponent in-game or in the 989SportsOnline lobby using a USB headset.

"NCAA GameBreaker 2004 brings to life the pageantry and spirit of college football while allowing gamers to play online against opponents nationwide with 989SportsOnline, the most complete and feature rich online sports site ever created," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "NCAA GameBreaker 2004's combination of new features and online gameplay sets it apart as the benchmark for college football games and is an absolute must-have for gamers and college football fans alike."

NCAA GameBreaker 2004 features authentic college formations like the wishbone, flexbone, full house, power-I and wing-T to deliver the non-stop college gridiron action that gamers crave. Additionally, new offensive and defensive playbooks have been created to offer a variety of plays that cater specifically to the college football gaming enthusiast. Whether using Practice Mode to sharpen skills, trying to climb the ladder to the nation's top programs in Coaching Career Mode or using the new Online Mode to challenge friends across the country, NCAA GameBreaker 2004 will have gamers singing along to authentic fight songs and cheering for their favorite team as they battle it out in search of the national championship.

Sony Computer Entertainment America will support NCAA GameBreaker 2004 with a multimillion dollar marketing campaign. Marketing efforts for NCAA GameBreaker 2004 will include national television and print across newspapers, sports and consumer publications, online advertising, national consumer promotions, dedicated point-of-purchase displays and merchandising support, and public relations support.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates NCAA GameBreaker 2004 "E" or "Everyone." For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.

About 989 Sports

989 Sports® is the sports software brand of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. Known for its top-selling sports franchise titles such as NFL GameDay™, MLB™, NBA ShootOut, NHL FaceOff™, NCAA® Final Four®, NCAA® GameBreaker™, and World Tour Soccer™, 989 Sports is committed to developing authentic and innovative sports games to appeal to both the professional athlete and hard-core sports videogame fan.

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, 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 PlayStation family of products 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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