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SEGA's Popular Sports Franchise Gears Up for a Handheld Tour in Summer 2005

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SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (May 10, 2005) - SEGA of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. today served up an ace by announcing that they will publish Virtua TennisTM World Tour for the PSPTM portable entertainment system. Continuing the effort to develop SEGA IP products in the Western markets, SEGA has chosen SUMO Digital, the UK based development team behind the Xbox version of OutRun2 to develop Virtua Tennis World Tour. The arcade and home console hit, widely regarded for its fast-paced, accessible gameplay has been redesigned specifically for the PSP handheld console market and is confirmed for release in Autumn 2005.

Virtua Tennis World Tour will feature a playable array of internationally renowned tennis pros in addition to a make-your-own player mode, exclusive mini-games, and original courts. Wi-Fi gameplay is supported, encouraging up to four friends to play together.

"Virtua Tennis on PSP successfully combines the legendary gameplay of the Virtua Tennis range with great new features designed for the gamer on the go," commented Matt Woodley, Creative Director of SEGA. "Add to that a roster of licensed players and the game looking gorgeous on the PSP's amazing screen and you've got what I believe is a must-have title."

Virtua Tennis World Tour features three core gameplay modes: World Tour, in which players travel the globe using a custom-created character to win cash; Exhibition, where players can take control of a pro tennis all-star for one-off matches; and Tournament, which puts players in knockout sessions where only the best will see victory.

Fun to play for minutes or hours and always challenging, it's easy to see why Virtua Tennis World Tour is perfectly suited for the PSP system.

Key features

  • Play as an Internationally-ranked tennis star. Play up against the best in the world or play as a star and challenge fellow professional players.
  • Four unique court surfaces to play on. Play around the world on hard court, clay, grass and carpet.
  • Multiplayer Wi-Fi function. Competition with other PSP system owners for up to four players.
  • Three different play modes: World Tour, Exhibition and Tournament.
  • Create your own player. Accessorise your character with the virtual cash you win in tournaments.

About SEGA of America

SEGA of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of America's Web site is located at www.sega.com/usa

About SEGA® Europe Ltd

SEGA Europe Ltd. is the European Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe's web site is located at www.sega-europe.com http://www.sega-europe.com

CONTACTS:

Bret Blount

SEGA of America

(415) 701-4124

bret.blount@segaamerica.com

Lynn Daniel

SEGA, Europe Ltd.

+44 (0) 20 8995 3399

DanielL@soe.sega.co.uk

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