Namco Announces Retail Pre-Order Program for Soul Calibur III


Exclusive Collectible T-Shirts Highlight
Pre-Release Retail Campaign

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (September 1, 2005)

Leading video games developer and publisher Namco Hometek Inc. announced today a
retail pre-order program for its upcoming fighting game, SOULCALIBUR® III.
Starting this month, consumers in the United States and Canada can pay $5 at
Electronics Boutique, GameStop and GameCrazy stores to pre-order SOULCALIBUR III
and receive a custom t-shirt when they pick up the game. Each retailer will have
its own exclusive shirt design, featuring artwork of new and classic characters.
Fans who pre-order SOULCALIBUR III at Electronics Boutique will receive a shirt
featuring Nightmare, Tira and Zasalamel; gamers who reserve their copy at
GameStop will receive a shirt featuring Ivy, Kilik and Astaroth; and those who
pre-order at GameCrazy will obtain a shirt featuring Mitsurugi and Setsuka.
SOULCALIBUR III will be available exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer
entertainment system and ship on October 25.

Namco will support this pre-order program
with a full range of in-store point of purchase materials including posters and
standees at participating locations. Additionally, Namco is the Vendor of the
Month at Electronics Boutique during the month of October, and the SOULCALIBUR
III pre-order campaign will be a prominent element of this retailer program.

In SOULCALIBUR III, several new play modes
and three original characters have been added for players to experience. New
characters Tira, Zasalamel and Setsuka each bring their own unique fighting
styles and weaponry, while their personal histories enrich the series’ storied
narrative. Players can customize their own fighter in the detailed Character
Creation mode, choosing from a vast selection of weapons, fighting styles,
clothing and accessories to create a truly original character. Also, for the
first time ever, players can experience the series’ trademark one-on-one
fighting with a real-time strategy twist in Chronicles of the Sword mode, as
players direct a unit from a top-down view and engage their enemies in map
battles as well as the traditional head-to-head stage battles. For gamers who
choose to experience SOULCALIBUR III with a friend, the game includes several
new VS. modes for nearly endless competitive multiplayer fighting.


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