MENLO PARK, CA (October 11, 2006) - Five million users strong, the Xfire online game community will soon be open to game players on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, with built-in Xfire features available in Sony Online Entertainment LLC's (SOE) upcoming PlayStation 3 title, Untold Legends Dark Kingdom. Using Xfire functionality, gamers will be able to track when friends are playing Dark Kingdom online as well as chat with players on either a PC or a PlayStation 3. Xfire is a division of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) MTV Networks.
Dark Kingdom for the PlayStation 3 is scheduled to launch with Xfire's friend tracking and chat services. PlayStation 3 players connected to the Internet will be able to log in to Xfire from the front end of Dark Kingdom, which will give them notice when their friends log in to the Xfire network, as well as allowing them to chat with their buddies while they play. The Xfire services within Dark Kingdom will be cross-platform, allowing friends to chat whether they are on a PlayStation 3 or a PC.
"Many of our PC game players already use Xfire to find and play with their friends online," said John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment. "By integrating Xfire features into our games we are able to strengthen our online community, making it even easier for our players to remain connected, whether they're on a PC or a PLAYSTATION 3."
"The opportunity to work with the PLAYSTATION 3 is tremendous. Many Xfire gamers and game publishers have been asking us about a version of Xfire for console play for some time now," said Mike Cassidy, CEO of Xfire. "Working with SOE on one of their highly anticipated PLAYSTATION 3 launch titles is a very exciting beginning for Xfire's new console game product."
Untold Legends Dark Kingdom will set the standard for next-gen action-RPGs by delivering an immersive, fantasy experience through its high-definition graphics, dramatic storyline, and action-packed battles filled with heart-pounding combat, magical spells and brilliant visual effects. In addition, Dark Kingdom will deliver in-depth character progression, online multiplayer gameplay and online game services through PlayStation 3 online network. Players can choose one of three unique characters to guide on a perilous journey of impossible odds, as they immerse themselves in a fantastic world of beauty and terror, where only they can end the long standing oppression of a tyrannical king. Collect and equip powerful weapons, unique armor, and special items in order to slay the hordes of monsters that have overrun the once-peaceful kingdom of Dureth.
Xfire also announced that it has received a PLAYSTATION 3 Tools and Middleware Development and License Agreement from Sony Computer Entertainment. This will allow Xfire to create for PLAYSTATION 3 game developers an SDK that will enable certain Xfire features. For example, Xfire's more than 5 million registered PC gamers will be able to see whenever their friends are playing PLAYSTATION 3 games that incorporate the Xfire SDK.
Xfire is a free product that is supported by advertising. In addition to the many friend tracking and multiplayer communication services, Xfire is also one of the largest hosts of online gaming events on the Internet. Xfire and its advertisers sponsor online events where members can play with pro gamers, join in online chats with celebrities and participate in machinima contests involving their favorite games.
About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold Legends, and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development. SOE is owned by Sony Pictures Digital and Sony Computer Entertainment America.
SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest and PlanetSide are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. Untold Legends is a trademark of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.
About Xfire, Inc.
Xfire, Inc. is the fastest growing online gaming platform and community in the world helping gamers to easily connect, chat and play with their friends online. Xfire is a free service that allows gamers to easily browse for game servers, chat with friends through IM and voice chat, as well as download the latest updates and additions to their favorite games. With five million members in over 100 countries, Xfire is an international community connecting gamers across the globe. Xfire is a wholly owned subsidiary of MTV Networks based in Menlo Park, CA.
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 130 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, with all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 100 interactive properties worldwide, including GameTrailers.com, IFILM, Neopets, Xfire, Y2M, and online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.
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