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PSP Icon Makes Its Rolling Return With LocoRoco 2

February 10, 2009

PSP Icon Makes Its Rolling Return With LocoRoco 2

Cheerful and Colorful Platform Game Spreads Joy to North American Retail

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) announced today the North American release of LocoRoco 2, available exclusively for the PSP. Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, Japan Studio, LocoRoco 2 is the follow up to the original LocoRoco released in 2006 for PSP, an iconic and award-winning 2D platform/action game that was applauded for its universal art style, “feel good factor” and innovative “tilt and roll gameplay.” LocoRoco 2 allows players to use the PSP system’s shoulder buttons to “tilt” the game’s colorful and quirky world and help guide the LocoRoco through vibrant story-driven levels filled with new gameplay elements. These elements include swimming under water, swinging on vines and leaping inside shells to smash through obstacles. LocoRoco 2 will retail for $19.99.

LocoRoco 2 introduces a set of new mini-games as well as multi-player functionality to the franchise with wireless ad hoc play so up to four nearby players can enjoy playing together. Additionally, players will encounter unlockable quests and new interactive musical mini-games that emphasize the catchy soundtrack and unlock bonuses like stamp sheets that can be used as wallpaper for PSP.

“LocoRoco 2's charming characters, vibrant environments and new gameplay elements appeal to franchise fans and newcomers alike,” said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, product marketing, SCEA. “LocoRoco 2’s joyous spirit and infectious music is a perfect escape for players on the go.”

Inspired by Game Director Tsutomu Kouno’s fascination with oil and water in classic toys, the LocoRoco franchise’s simplified 2D graphic style is paired with complex physics so these blobs of joy fluidly morph and respond to the environment in engaging ways.

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