Folklore Delivers the Perfect Blend of Mystery and Adventure on PS3

October 9, 2007

Folklore Delivers the Perfect
Blend of Mystery and Adventure on PS3

New Action-Adventure Title
Provides Unique Tilt-Motion Combat, Vibrant Realms and Creatures and Mysterious
In-Depth Storyline

Sony Computer Entertainment America
Inc. (SCEA) announced today the North American release of Folklore(TM) available
exclusively for PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)). Developed by Japanese game developer
Game Republic under legendary game creator Yoshiki Okamoto, executive producer
for Onimusha(TM), Devil May Cry(TM) and Resident Evil(TM), Folklore is a unique,
dark fantasy adventure inspired by western fairy tales.

Regarded as one of the holiday’s
most anticipated titles for PS3, Folklore is the story of two strangers drawn
together in an effort to uncover the mystery of a remote village that exists on
the border between dreams and reality. The two, Keats and Ellen, learn that the
answers they seek lie in the realms of the Netherworld, a fantastic world full
of creatures, spirits and monsters. In order to solve a mystery that threatens
the balance of this universe, the pair must journey through these worlds, combat
creatures beyond imagination and uncover their secrets.

"Using a unique combat system that
harnesses the power of PS3 and SIXAXIS wireless controller, Folklore will
physically grab the attention of fantasy action gamers," said Jeff Reese,
director, software marketing, SCEA. "Folklore’s multi-threaded story, artistic
environments and sublimely bizarre characters provide a powerful mix that will
captivate all those who enjoy playing through a gripping mystery adventure."

The story begins when Ellen receives
a letter from her mother, long presumed dead. Meanwhile, Keats, a skeptical
journalist working for a paranormal magazine, is urgently called to investigate
a mysterious attack. The fate of this unlikely pair converges in the Irish
village of Doolin — a quaint, sleepy place which hides a secret gateway to the
Netherworld and the answer to a 17-year old mystery. Ellen and Keats, both
playable characters, must travel separately through seven vast realms inhabited
by "Folks", strange Netherworld creatures whose powers they must collect and
harness if they are to survive.

Players capture the Folks’ powers by
using the SIXAXIS controller to tug and reel them out of their bodies. Each Folk
has a unique attack ability, adding strategic depth to the gameplay as players
must decide which Folk’s powers to employ to defeat their next adversary. There
are over 100 beautifully-rendered Folks, each with their own special attacks,
powers and anatomy.

Players will begin the game as
either Keats or Ellen and learn their story and gameplay style. Keats uses a
traditional brawler style while Ellen takes a more strategic approach. Players
will experience two parallel yet distinct storylines running through the game —
each with its own twists, turns and intrigue. Decisions made in one story line
will directly impact the story path of the other. Folklore blends in RPG
characteristics including a deep storyline that can equate to over forty hours
of gameplay and the ability to level up the creatures you capture throughout
your adventure. The game also includes an Online Dungeon Trial feature that
allows players to design custom Folklore dungeons, populate them with creatures
they’ve captured during single player gameplay, and share them with other
players online.

Additional Folklore content like new
quests, player outfits, and new Folk creatures will be available through
download packs, available exclusively on PLAYSTATION(R)Store. The independent
Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rated Folklore "T" for "Teen". For
more information about the ESRB, visit
http://www.esrb.org