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PlayStation Solidifies Its Role as the RPG Platform of Choice With the Release of Legend of Legaia; The First Highly-Anticipated RPG of the Year Hits Store Shelves.

FOSTER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 1999--Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today the release of Legend of Legaia(TM), an innovative role-playing game (RPG) available exclusively for the PlayStation(R) game console.

Developed by Contrail (a Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. group company) and produced by Prokion, Legend of Legaia reinvents the traditional RPG gaming experience with its innovative fighting system, captivating storyline and explorative 3D world.

Legend of Legaia features an original combat system, called the "Tactical Arts System," that allows players to enjoy a highly tactical battle with the look and feel of a real fighting game. Key battle system features include: -0-

-- Full-sized polygon-based characters that throw punches and kicks
 that land realistically on the enemy;
-- Special combinations and attacks to be discovered for more
 effective and spectacular fighting;
-- 3D environments with dynamic camera angles;
-- Hundreds of 3D enemies that react and attack;
-- 3D magic effects, armor and weapon graphics that are visible in
 combat mode;
-- Dual Shock(TM) Analog Controller feedback where vibrations
 register the true intensity of every hit.


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"Both hardcore RPG enthusiasts and more mainstream gamers will be challenged by Legend of Legaia's exciting and innovative gameplay," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "From the unique fighting system to the explorative 3D world, Legend of Legaia further enhances the PlayStation gaming experience."

Legend of Legaia also offers complete 3D polygonal graphics with 3D towns and dungeons, unique traps, screens that scroll in all directions and various structures, providing an action-packed adventure for each player.

The adventure is based on the main character Vahn, as he tries to save the world of Legaia from the strange mist which has blanketed the once rich and prosperous land. The mist has brought madness, rage, and death to whatever it has touched and continues to spread. Vahn is on a quest to revive seven Genesis Trees which, when brought back to life, completely disperse the deadly mist from the area surrounding it. On his journey he will meet comrades Noa and Gala, and together they will fight for the survival of Legaia.

"Legend of Legaia is a strong addition to our growing list of RPG titles," added Blaire. "With games like Final Fantasy(R) VII, SaGa Frontier(TM) and Wild Arms(TM) already available in our incredible library, PlayStation has established itself as the platform of choice for marquee role-playing games."

Sony Computer Entertainment America, a division of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., markets the PlayStation game console for distribution in North America, develops and publishes software for the PlayStation game console, and manages the U.S. third party licensing program. Based in Foster City, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Visit the Web site at http://www.playstation.com.
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