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Ace Combat flies onto PSP

- and takes off in The Belkan War on PlayStation 2

For immediate release
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Brand new missions and storylines on both PSP & PlayStation 2

Huge range of authentic licensed aircraft

Extensive Wireless multiplayer modes on PSP

E3, Los Angeles, May 10 2006 - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe [SCEE] is pleased to announce the autumn 2006 release of two new titles developed by Namco Bandai Games Inc. - Ace Combat: The Belkan War exclusively for PlayStation®2, and Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception, exclusively for PSP (PlayStation®Portable).

In Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception, the thrilling combat and gripping drama of the Ace Combat series come to PSP for the first time. The game features exclusive maps and a storyline created specifically for PSP, along with the extensive range of licensed aircraft expected from an Ace Combat game. The "Strategic AI System" varies each of the brand new missions according to your decisions, resulting in a huge range of possibilities and almost limitless replay value.

In an exciting first for the Ace Combat series, up to four players will be able to take part in multiplayer dogfights using the PSP system's Ad Hoc Mode, allowing fans to team up or face off to prove who rules the skies. With its extensive single and multi-player modes, Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception will bring an unparalleled aerial combat experience to PSP.

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception on PSP game features include:

  • Extensive multiplayer combat for up to four players via Ad Hoc Mode - clash in head-to-head dogfights, escort your forces into enemy territory or team up for co-operative battles
  • "Strategic AI System" alters mission structure on every play, providing extended replayability
  • Customise original aircraft with parts obtained during missions - tune flight performance or upgrade weaponry
  • 15 large and varied maps, from gritty urban scenery to picturesque natural landscapes


ACE COMBAT&®2006 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

Ace Combat: The Belkan War is the latest chapter in the acclaimed Ace Combat franchise on PlayStation 2, widely considered the definitive arcade-style aerial combat series. Serving as a prequel to the previous PlayStation 2 release, The Belkan War will answer questions surrounding the dramatic conflict fought in Ace Combat: Squadron Leader. A whole host of new game features have also been introduced, to provide an even more exciting and immersive dogfighting experience for rookie Ace Combat pilots and seasoned aces alike. Contest varied missions as you battle invading forces and the fate of Ustio and its people hangs in the balance.

With a choice of more than 30 licensed aircraft you have the opportunity to fly the world's most elite modern fighters and experience the thrill of dogfighting. Waiting to face you is a range of enemy squadrons, each led by rival ace pilots with distinctive personalities and tactics. As the plot evolves, these aces are interviewed retrospectively about your flying style and the impact you have on the course of the war. The result is compelling blend of action and drama that no potential ace could resist.

Ace Combat: The Belkan War on PlayStation 2 game features include:

  • Epic plot and missions, and more than 30 licensed aircraft
  • Improved enemy AI - some team-up, others choose to take you on in one-on-one dogfights
  • The Ace Style Gauge System - your combat style and choices in battle determine the reactions of other pilots and affect the missions and enemies you will face
  • 2 player mode - take on a friend in split-screen dogfighting action and dominate the skies


The Ace Combat series is back this autumn. With two games on the horizon, the battle for air supremacy is about to begin!

ACE COMBAT THE BELKAN WAR & ®2006 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.

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Notes to Editors

About PSP (PlayStation®Portable)
PSP (PlayStation®Portable) is a new handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. With graphics rendering capability comparable to that of PlayStation®2, PSP features a 4.3 inch widescreen, high-resolution TFT display. The PSP system's storage medium - UMD (Universal Media Disc) - is a compact yet high-capacity (1.8GB) optical disc. With a wide range of accessories and connectivity options, including Memory Stick Duo, USB 2.0, IR port and Wireless (WLAN) functionality, PSP is the new entertainment platform from Sony Computer Entertainment.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation®2 and PSP (PlayStation®Portable) software and hardware in 104 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the platforms in these territories. Between its European debut on 24th November 2000 and the end of March 2006, over 38 million PlayStation®2 consoles have been shipped across the SCEE territories, over 103 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history.
Between its European debut on 1st September 2005 and the end of March 2006, over 5 million PSP systems have been shipped across the SCEE territories, with over 17 million shipped worldwide since its Japanese launch in December 2004.

More information about PlayStation products can be found at www.playstation.com and www.yourpsp.com or visit the Virtual Press
Office at www.scee.presscentre.com.

PlayStation and the PlayStation logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PSP and UMD (Universal Media Disc) are trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
Namco Bandai Games Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. is an interactive entertainment software publisher and developer with head offices in Tokyo, Japan.
On March 31, 2006, Bandai Co., Ltd. and NAMCO LIMITED implemented a management integration to form NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. This step was taken to compete more effectively on the global stage in the fast-changing entertainment industry and to deliver further growth.
The resulting NAMCO BANDAI Group is a global entertainment group involved in business fields ranging from toys, amusement facilities, video game software and visual software, to apparel, sundries and network content.
As previous separate entities (Namco Ltd. and Bandai Co., Ltd.) the companies were each known for creating some of the industry's top video game franchises including: Tamagotchi®, TEKKEN, SOULCALIBUR, Pac-Man, Digimon®, RIDGE RACER, Time Crisis and ACE COMBAT.

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