Road To Sunday Announced For PlayStation®2
New Football Franchise Set to Revolutionize Sports Videogaming and Create All-New Sports Entertainment Action Experience
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FOSTER CITY, Calif., April 25, 2005 Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today the launch of Road To Sunday, exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Built from the ground up, this new franchise incorporates innovative game designs, new Artificial Intelligence (AI) and graphics, a compelling story and a variety of gameplay features. Slated for release in winter 2005, Road To Sunday is poised to present an all-new sports videogame experience that goes beyond the traditional on-field action.
Defining the next evolution in gaming, Road To Sunday presents a unique, sequential, episodic storyline that will provide both sports and entertainment videogame fans with the first ever sports entertainment drama. Blending on-and off-the-field action, Road To Sunday delivers a unique cinematic football experience where gamers must complete various missions, moving from setting to setting and character to character as dictated by the story.
The storyline revolves around Blake Doogan, an affluent sports mogul who inherits a professional football team after his father dies in a suspicious explosion while vacationing in Jamaica. Blake learns his father borrowed large sums of capital from a Jamaican kingpin to purchase a professional team. Doogan's father's debt is now his debt. The gameplay follows the owner, his sidekick Harry and seven football players as they put it all on the line in order to accumulate enough money to pay off the Jamaican kingpin and win the championship.
Players not only compete on the gridiron but also gain exposure to an underworld of questionable characters, gambling, and an underground fighting league run by the corrupt Jamaican kingpin. The players' world off-the-field involves high-stakes fighting tournaments, betting, gambling, and training, all of which increase player attributes for future missions and football games.
The on-the-field experience is best characterized as mission-based football, in which the objective is to both win the game and achieve on-the-field goals related to the team or specific players. To enhance gameplay and provide gamers with an authentic yet unique experience, Road To Sunday introduces position specific gameplay, where, for the first time in a football videogame, gamers can play from the aspect of different positions. Position specific gameplay provides gamers with more position specific abilities and control then any other football experience before. From powering up a running back who hits the hole with authority, to enhancing a defensive back into a complete shut-down corner and forcing a QB into making costly mistakes, position specific gameplay delivers the ultimate in football control in order to get through the season.
"We're excited about creating a new gaming experience for both sports and entertainment video game fans," said Mark Meyers, co-director, sports product development, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Road To Sunday creates a completely new genre that presents a unique action and story-driven gaming experience, while remaining true to our core of sports."
Delivering a fresh football experience unlike any other gridiron video game, Road To Sunday is set to introduce gamers to the all-new sports entertainment action genre through its revolutionary game design, incredibly real football, and a sequential, episodic storyline.
The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates Road To Sunday "RP" for "Rating Pending." For more information about the ESRB visit www.esrb.org.
About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the PSP (PlayStation® Portable) handheld entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era. PSP is a new portable entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.
Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PSP handheld entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.