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D3Publisher of Europe Ltd. to bring "twisted noir" to PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) System with Dead Head Fred ™

Innovative, original third person-action game from Vicious Cycle set in a world where the blue plate special is murder and corruption with a side-dish of revenge.

Cambridge, UK - May 9, 2006 - D3Publisher of Europe Ltd. (D3PE) will be turning heads at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) as D3PE announced today that it will be showcasing Dead Head Fred at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 10-12, 2006. Created specifically for the PSP (PlayStation®Portable) system by developer Vicious Cycle, Dead Head Fred draws players into an original alternative universe as they embark on a quest for vengeance to solve their own murder by using the decapitated heads of enemies to battle through environments designed to showcase each head's unique abilities. Dead Head Fred is anticipated for release in Q1 2007.

"D3P's focus is to find great intellectual properties that have unique gameplay elements, distinctive characters and environments that draw players into the game-world," said Brian Christian, Vice President of Product Development. "Vicious Cycle has combined their creativity and cutting-edge technology so that Dead Head Fred delivers on all three counts and it has twisted humor that gamers are going to enjoy."

"Vicious Cycle has a great working relationship with the team at D3P and we are pleased to be collaborating with them on Dead Head Fred," said Eric Peterson, president at Vicious Cycle. "D3P has given us the time and freedom to create a game that will introduce compelling gameplay mechanics to the PSP system using the Vicious Engine. The combination of a completely original IP with our cutting-edge technology will deliver a game unlike anything before on the PSP system."

In Dead Head Fred, players take on the persona of private detective Fred Neuman. Savagely murdered and then resurrected in a bizarre scientific experiment, Fred is without his memory or his head! The game immerses players in the action with the most revolutionary camera to date on a handheld device as they collect, upgrade and switch heads on the fly to strategically fight malformed mutants, ghoulish gangsters, and maniacal mob bosses in a unique and compelling story of revenge and redemption.

For product demonstations of D3PE's E3 2006 game line-up, please visit Booth 546, South Hall, Los Angeles Convention Center, May 10-12.

About D3Publisher of Europe Ltd.

D3Publisher of Europe Ltd is a subsidiary of D3Publisher Inc., with headquarters in Tokyo. D3Publisher of Europe's strategic focus is on licensed and original titles from leading third-party developers that appeal to mass-market consumers or gaming enthusiasts. Based in Cambridge, UK, D3Publisher of Europe distributes and publishes software for personal computers and the major console platforms including Game Boy® Advance, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS"§, PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP portable entertainment system and both the Xbox® and Xbox 360® video game systems from Microsoft. For additional information on D3Publisher of Europe and its products, visit the website at

About Vicious Cycle Software, Inc.

Vicious Cycle® Software, Inc., based in Chapel Hill, NC, is a premier developer of interactive entertainment software for "PlayStation®2", "PSPTM", Xbox®, Nintendo GameCubeTM, Nintendo DSTM, and the PC. The company, founded in 2000, blazed onto the gaming scene with its debut title Robotech: Battlecry and continues to create titles for all age groups based on both licensed and original IP. Vicious Cycle® Software, Inc. is also the developer of the Vicious EngineTM, a comprehensive and fully portable middleware solution for current generation consoles, handhelds, and the PC. For more information, visit the company's web sites at, and

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