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Rogue Galaxy Brings a Beautifully Detailed, Action-Role Playing Game Experience

January 30, 2007

Rogue Galaxy Brings a Beautifully Detailed, Action-Role Playing Game Experience to PS2

Futuristic RPG Touts Significant Enhancements for Introduction to the North American Market and Looks to Solidify Status of PS2 as Top-Selling Computer Entertainment System

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the release of Rogue Galaxy(TM), available throughout North America exclusively for the PS2 computer entertainment system. Developed by Level-5, Inc., Rogue Galaxy is an epic space pirate adventure set across vast worlds with intricate backdrops, unique characters, and diverse gameplay. The acclaimed development team, popular for their successful Dark Cloud series, has brought to life a true-action RPG showcasing stunning environments, an immersive storyline with more than 100 hours of gameplay, and a proprietary combat system that provides players total control during battle.

Already having celebrated a successful launch in Japan, the North American version of Rogue Galaxy was enhanced significantly, with many new features included exclusively for the territory. Additions for the North American launch include new weapon creation functionality, a fully revised combat system, and an entirely new world to explore.

"Rogue Galaxy stays true to Level-5's strengths by combining an expansive story and unique gameplay elements with a distinct visual style, full of colorful characters and extraordinary worlds," said Susan Nourai, director, online and product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "With the additions offered in the North American release, including new environments, updated battle system, and new Insectron mode, Rogue Galaxy is truly a must-own for PlayStation 2 loyalists and RPG fans seeking the ultimate adventure."

In Rogue Galaxy, players follow the story of Jaster Rogue, a young man bound to a simple existence on the desert planet Rosa. By chance, he is recruited by the space pirate Dorgengoa to embark on a treasure hunt throughout the galaxy. Jaster and the crew encounter numerous adventures and battles as they seek out the legendary planet that holds this special treasure: the key to eternal life.

Set in an expansive galaxy with a variety of unique worlds to explore, Rogue Galaxy provides access to eight different characters that join the crew throughout the journey. Players control up to three characters at a time and are able to engage in unique, real-time combat that includes new special chain attacks and an integrated A.I. battle suggestion system. Additionally, Rogue Galaxy provides access to multiple mini-games, including a strategic pet insect battle called Insectron, and players can generate more than 500 custom weapons and items through a new synthesis gameplay function. The game boasts zero load times to let players explore the highly detailed worlds of Rogue Galaxy with seamless transitions.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates Rogue Galaxy "T" for "Teen" (Descriptors: Blood, Crude Humor, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol/Tobacco, Violence). For more information about the ESRB, visit www.esrb.org.  For more information about Rogue Galaxy, visit http://www.roguegalaxy-thegame.com.

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