SOE Announces GripShift and FRANTIX for the PSP

SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT® ANNOUNCES TWO NEW
TITLES FOR THE PSP™ PORTABLE ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM

 

GripShift
and
FRANTIX™ are Slated to
Debut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles on May 18

 

SAN DIEGO, CA – May 11, 2005 – Sony Online
Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO)
gaming, today announced that it will distribute two new titles for the PSP™
portable entertainment system, GripShift™ and FRANTIX™.  Developed from the
ground-up specifically for the PSP portable system, GripShift and FRANTIX are
scheduled to be available Fall 2005.     
  


   


"We are pleased to bring
two original and exciting titles produced by some very talented developers to
fans of the PSP system,” said Chris Sturr, Senior Brand Manager, Sony Online
Entertainment. “GripShift is an original break-through combination of stunt
driving, platform and puzzle action that is sure to thrill, while Frantix will
put even the most skilled puzzle-solver to the test with action that is easy to
pick-up, but hard to put down. Both titles will offer compelling gameplay
experiences that will appeal to casual and hardcore gamers alike.”           

 


GripShift is one of
the first video games for the PSP system to combine high-flying stunt driving
and unique puzzle-solving action in an all-out, pedal-to-the-metal racing
experience. Players will race as one of six unique characters in supped-up,
customizable vehicles as they stunt their way through insane twisting levels
while collecting power-ups, avoiding traps, beating the clock and challenging
friends.  Featuring more than 100 levels of puzzle-like challenges in fun,
vibrant environments, and additional bonus games, players can race solo or with
up to three other players via the PSP system’s built-in wireless feature.

 


With unlockable racing
circuits, bonus games and the ability to create custom tracks with the in-game
Track Editor and share them wirelessly with other players, GripShift
offers an original and compelling gameplay experience for the PSP system.
GripShift
is being developed by Sidhe Interactive and co-published by Red
Mile Entertainment™.

 

FRANTIX
is one of the first character-based 3D puzzle-solving adventures for the PSP
system. Developed by Killer Game, FRANTIX offers frenzied puzzle-solving
action, beautiful 3D graphics, more than 150 challenging levels for players to
enjoy, power pick-ups, and a diverse array of monsters and unique obstacles. The
game features quick-paced action, surreal environments and challenging levels
with deadly traps and dangerous hazards for an extremely fun and captivating
gameplay experience.

 

Product
demonstrations of GripShift and FRANTIX will be available in Sony
Online Entertainment’s booth (946) in the South Hall of the Los Angeles
Convention Center during the Electronic Entertainment Expo from May 18-20.

 

About Killer Game

Killer Game is an
independent developer of interactive entertainment software.  Killer Game has
been working exclusively on
FRANTIX
since November 2003.

 

About Red Mile Entertainment

Red Mile Entertainment,
Inc. is a worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment
software. The company is headquartered in Sausalito, California. More
information about Red Mile and its products may be found at

www.redmileentertainment.com

 

About Sony Online Entertainment    

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a subsidiary
of Sony Pictures Digital Inc., is a recognized worldwide leader in massively
multiplayer online games, with a subscriber base of over 800,000 active accounts
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™: An Empire Divided™,
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, and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge online
games in development.

 

EverQuest is a registered trademark of Sony
Computer Entertainment America Inc. SOE, the SOE logo and PlanetSide are
registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks and
trade names are properties of their respective owners. PSP is a trademark of
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Memory Stick Duo™ may be required (sold
separately).