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E3, Los Angeles - 17 May 2005 - As the 2004 MotoGP championships reach their thrilling conclusion, motor sport fans now have even more reason to look forward to the start of next year's season. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is delighted to announce the spring 2005 release of MotoGP4, developed exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system by Namco.

With updated teams and riders, new circuits and a range of new modes, advances have been made across every area of the game. The highly popular 125cc and 250cc classes make their PlayStation debuts in MotoGP4, enabling players to test themselves at all levels of the sport.

As MotoGP has continued to grow in popularity across the globe, with television and circuit audiences at record levels, new fans have brought their unique passion to the sport. MotoGP4 now includes a brand new training system designed to show the latest generation of riders how to get the most out of these ultimate speed machines.

As well as being one of the most exciting motor sports in the world, MotoGP is also the undisputed pinnacle of motorcycle racing. The biggest names in bike manufacturing compete to develop the most advanced high-performance racing machines, as the riders display phenomenal skill around the most famous circuits in the world at speeds of up to 300 km/hr. By working closely with Dorna Sports, the MotoGP licensing body, Namco has once again raised the bar in faithfully recreating this electrifying sport and delivering an experience that will thrill fans everywhere.

Isao Nakamura, Producer on MotoGP4 for Namco, is confident that the game represents a step forward for the series: "I am very excited about this new title. We've added a lot of new features, while still ensuring that fans of MotoGP will recognise the high quality, realistic racing from the previous games. We are also proud to include the 125cc and 250cc motorbike classes for the first time."

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO, Dorna Sports, is also looking forward to the latest instalment of the MotoGP franchise: "After the success of the previous releases of the MotoGP games for PlayStation®2, we are excited to launch MotoGP4 and continue our partnership with Namco and SCEE. Everybody knows that this sport is about high technology and challenges, and the new edition of this popular game will certainly provide both. I hope that fans new and old will enjoy MotoGP through the game as the sport continues to grow."

Since its debut on PlayStation2 in 2001, the MotoGP series has sold over 1 million units in the PAL territories and the series continues to go from strength to strength. October 2004 will see the release of MotoGP3 on the PlayStation®2 Platinum range, giving new racing fans a chance to experience the thrills of MotoGP racing firsthand, and to prepare for the new challenges that 2005 will bring.

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Developer: NAMCO

Genre: Arcade Motorcycle Racing

No. of Players: 1 - 8

Platform: PlayStation®2

Peripherals: Analog Controller (DUALSHOCK®2), Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation®2),

Release Date: Spring 2005

About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PS one®, PlayStation®2 and PlayStation Portable® software and hardware in 102 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes games software for the three formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the PAL territories. At the end of March 2005, over 40 million PlayStation® units had been shipped across these PAL territories, over 102 million worldwide. Between its European debut on 24 November 2000 and the end of March 2005, over 31 million PlayStation®2 units have been shipped across the PAL territories, over 87 million world-wide, making it one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history.

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Namco Ltd.

Namco, with headquarters in Japan was established in 1955 and has consistently provided a high level of expertise in the entertainment industry. With games such as Pac-Man Vs. and Soulcalibur II, Namco has become a successful developer and publisher, esteemed throughout the world for the games of excellent quality it has produced. For more information please visit our website: ®2004 Namco Ltd. NAMCO is a registered trademark of Namco Ltd. All rights reserved

Dorna Sports, S.L.

Dorna Sports is an international sports management, marketing and television company. Founded in 1988, its headquarters are in Madrid, Spain, with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo. The company's main shareholder is CVC Capital Partners Ltd.

Dorna has been the exclusive holder of all commercial and TV rights to the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) since 1992. With 55 years of history, MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcycle racing and Dorna's main activity, with events in the five continents every year.

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