SAN DIEGO, CA â€“ May 11, 2005 â€“ 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 PSPTM portable entertainment system, GripShiftTM and FRANTIXTM. 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 EntertainmentTM.
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 EverQuestÂ®, EverQuestÂ® II, Champions of NorrathTM, Untold LegendsTM, and PlanetSideÂ®, as well as for developing Star Wars GalaxiesTM: An Empire DividedTM, 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 DuoTM may be required (sold separately).