Sony Online Entertainment Announces Spike Company to Distribute Untold Legends™ Dark Kingdom™ for the PLAYSTATION®3 System in Japan

Untold Legends Dark Kingdom Is Scheduled for Release in Japan in February 2007


Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), a global leader in the online gaming industry, announced today that it has entered into a Japanese licensing and distribution deal with Spike Company Limited to distribute Untold Legends™ Dark Kingdom™ for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. Developed by SOE, Untold Legends Dark Kingdom takes the top-selling PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system brand onto the next generation of PlayStation systems. Spike will be responsible for the marketing, sales and distribution for Dark Kingdom in Japan.

"Spike has a successful track record of publishing games in Japan, and we are pleased to be collaborating with them as we bring the next generation of the Untold Legends franchise to Japan," said John Needham, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Sony Online Entertainment. "Based on the positive response that Dark Kingdom received at Tokyo Gaming Show last year, we are confident that it will be a good fit in this market."

"It is an honor to publish Untold Legends Dark Kingdom in Japan," said Mitsutoshi Sakurai, C.E.O. of Spike. "We hope that this will be the start of a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between our companies."

Untold Legends Dark Kingdom is an epic action-RPG that delivers all-new graphical detail in high-definition, dynamic visual effects utilizing the raw rendering power and unique cell processing of the PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system and heart-pounding creature combat featuring physics-based gameplay for a more immersive experience. Players can choose from one of three unique characters to take on their perilous journey, with which they will be able to unlock spells and abilities, and collect unique weapons, armor and other items throughout the game. In addition, the game is impressively interactive with the surrounding environment, giving players the ability to tear through environments and defeat enemies in new ways.

Knock enemies against walls and watch them bounce to the ground. Smash through crates, pillars, and boxes to clear a way through the environment. Or grab NPCs and use them as living, unwilling weapons. Other next-gen features include support for high-definition formats up to 720p, a dynamic particle system, cinematic story-telling, digital surround sound, high-resolution textures and detailed character models.

For the epic storyline of Dark Kingdom, SOE engaged renowned fantasy author Keith Baker, writer of several best-selling Dungeons and Dragons novels. In Dark Kingdom, players have loyally served the king, yet have reason to believe he is being corrupted by dark forces. Sensing distrust, the king sends some of his military off to quell an uprising in the barbaric borderlands. After returning home, players find the land a horribly changed place. It is revealed that the king is responsible for torturing and killing many innocent people, and now players must battle through forests, caverns, villages and the palace, all the while betraying the king in order to save the kingdom!

  Key features in Dark Kingdom include:
  *  Next-Gen HD Graphics: Experience next-gen graphics in true
     high-definition formats.  Watch as the fantasy unfolds through vibrant
     environments, beautifully rendered characters, highly-detailed
     creatures, and intense battles filled with engaging combat, magical
     spells and brilliant special effects.
  *  Engaging Real-time Physics: Unique physics-based game mechanics will
     give the heroes of Dark Kingdom the ability to tear through
     environments and defeat enemies in exciting ways. Knock enemies against
     walls and watch them tumble to the ground. Smash through crates,
     pillars and rocks to clear a way through the environment. Or grab
     creatures and use them as living, unwilling weapons.
  *  Epic Storyline: Immerse yourself in an intriguing storyline, as you
     seek to end an evil king's reign of oppression that he has forced upon
     your fellow citizens -- all told through in-game dialog and cut
  *  Visceral Action RPG Combat: Take control of battles by using chained
     melee attacks, or an array of spells and special abilities acquired
     along your journey.
  *  In-depth Character Progression: Choose from three unique heroes and
     unlock new spells and abilities as you adventure! Collect and equip
     unique armor sets, powerful weapons and other special items that will
     aid your hero on their perilous journey!
  *  Co-op and Internet Modes: Adventure alone or with your friends with a
     full range of multiplayer support such as two player co-op and four
     player online.

For more information, visit Untold Legends Dark Kingdom

About Sony Online Entertainment

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold Legends™, and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies™, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development. SOE is owned by Sony Pictures Digital and Sony Computer Entertainment America.

SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest and PlanetSide are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. Untold Legends is a trademark of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners. Untold Legends, Brotherhood of the Blade, and Warriors Code are trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC.

"PlayStation", "PLAYSTATION", "PS" Family logo and "PSP" are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PSP® - Memory Stick Duo™ may be required (sold separately). PLAYSTATION®3 - Online access requires broadband Internet service and a wireless access point or LAN. Certain limitations apply to Wi-Fi connectivity. User is responsible for Internet service fees.

About Spike

Spike Co., Ltd. (Headquarter Shibuya-ku Tokyo, Mitsutoshi Sakurai C.E.O.), is a subsidiary of GAMES ARENA Co. Ltd. (Headquarter Shibuya-ku Tokyo, Yoshio Asakawa C.E.O.), and an integral part of the DWANGO group (DWANGO Co. Ltd., TSE Code 3715). Spike is a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. Spike is well know in the Japanese video game industry for developing and publishing unique property such as the "Way of the Samurai" series, "Fire Pro-wrestling" series, and "Kenka-Bancho". Spike is also known for publishing and distributing in Japan, western titles such as the "WRC" series, "True Crime: New York City", and "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Legend". For more corporate and product information please visit

SOURCE: Sony Online Entertainment

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