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Eidos' Highly Anticipated Soul Reaver 2 Selected as PlayStation 2 Exclusive.

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SAN FRANCISCO--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2001

Epic Adventure Featuring Video Gaming's Legendary Antihero

Raziel Continues This Fall Only On the PlayStation(R)2 Computer

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Eidos Interactive (Nasdaq:EIDSY), a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment for the PC and console gaming systems, today announced that Soul Reaver 2, the follow-up release to the 1.5 million-unit-selling video game Soul Reaver, will be released exclusively for the PlayStation 2 in North America. As the third installment in the Legacy of Kain series, Soul Reaver 2 is slated to hit store shelves this Fall.

"We are pleased to be able to continue our strong partnership with Eidos Interactive, built through the success of popular PlayStation franchises such as Tomb Raider and Legacy of Kain," said Andrew House, Senior Vice President, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. "As PlayStation 2 penetration continues to reach unprecedented levels in all markets worldwide, consumers will welcome new installments of these popular franchises, like the upcoming release of the platform-exclusive Soul Reaver 2. Supported by SCEA's co-marketing program, Soul Reaver 2 promises to deliver an unrivalled gaming experience, making it a perfect companion for PlayStation 2."

"Soul Reaver 2's selection as a PlayStation 2 exclusive proves the strength and consumer popularity of the Legacy of Kain brand," said Rob Dyer, President of Eidos Interactive. "Soul Reaver 2 elevates the entire series through its deep storyline, award-winning voice-acting, and advanced streaming engine technology that showcases the capabilities of the PlayStation 2 hardware."

Soul Reaver 2 begins precisely where the critically-acclaimed original title left off, with Raziel emerging from the Chronoplast time portal, and returning to different eras of Nosgoth's past in his relentless pursuit of Kain. Over the course of his journey, he unearths the mysteries of Nosgoth's ancient races, and exposes the secrets behind the corruption of the Pillars and the vampire genocide. Confronting the shadows of an unremembered past, Raziel discovers a web of destiny stretching eons into Nosgoth's dim, unrecorded history. As his destiny comes full circle, he finds his personal vendetta transformed into a hero's journey, with the fate of Nosgoth hanging in the balance.

Gamers will encounter all new enemies while playing Soul Reaver 2, including vampire hunters, Sarafan warrior-priests, spectral spirits, undead warriors and extra-dimensional demons. The game boasts immersive, gothic realms featuring highly detailed architecture, enhanced graphics and engaging storylines all tailor-made for the PlayStation 2.

Soul Reaver 2 boasts several new technical advancements that ensure fluid and realistic gameplay. Clearly apparent is the constant 60 frames-per-second frame-rate delivering a smooth gaming experience. The Soul Reaver 2 game engine can display 30 times more graphic detail than its predecessor -- the architecture alone features up to ten times more polygonal detail when compared to the original Soul Reaver, and the character models are five to six times more intricate. The addition of real-time inverse kinematics to the animation engine ensures that Raziel always interacts realistically with his environment, regardless of the terrain. Crystal Dynamics utilizes streaming engine technology, which makes for no load times in Soul Reaver 2. Finally, the game features an all-new combat system, providing Raziel with new fighting moves and improved enemy artificial intelligence (AI).

Eidos Interactive's Background Information

Eidos Interactive, Inc. is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment products for the PC, PlayStation(R) game console, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Sega Dreamcast(TM), Nintendo(R) Game Boy(R) Color and the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft. Eidos Interactive is part of London-based Eidos plc with additional offices in San Francisco, Paris, Hamburg, Tokyo and Singapore. For more information on Eidos Interactive's product line visit http://www.eidos.com.

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