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Ubisoft Launches New Video Game Franchise: Assassin's Creed(TM)

Ubisoft's Award-Winning Montreal Studio Creates New Intellectual Property



LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - May 2, 2006 - Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced the development of a new video game franchise: Assassin's Creed. Assassin's Creed is being developed for PLAYSTATION®3 by an all-star team from Ubisoft's world-class Montreal studio - the studio responsible for acclaimed franchises such as Prince of Persia® and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell®. The Assassin's Creed franchise will combine compelling new gameplay, superb graphics, and an immersive and sophisticated storyline to deliver an epic experience that will launch the action genre into the next generation and beyond.

"Assassin's Creed is going to push the video game experience as we know it today into an entirely new direction," said Yannis Mallat, chief executive officer at Ubisoft's Montreal studio. "Assassin's Creed's compelling theme and storyline experienced through the next-generation console will captivate audiences and affect them on the same level as an epic novel or film."

The first game in the Assassin's Creed franchise is set in 1191 AD, when the Third Crusade was tearing the Holy Land apart. Shrouded in secrecy and feared for their ruthlessness, the Assassins intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. Players, assuming the role of the main character Altair, will have the power to throw their immediate environment into chaos and to shape events during this pivotal moment in history.

Ubisoft has a strong record of creating some of the industry's top-selling video game franchises and anticipates that Assassin's Creed will experience the same success.

"Ubisoft has established itself as a creative force in the video game industry by developing new intellectual property and turning it into multimillion-unit selling brands," said Serge Hascoet, chief creative officer at Ubisoft. "Our goal to introduce three new brands into the marketplace every two years is working. With Assassin's Creed we're introducing a franchise that will establish itself as the must-have next-generation game for the next-generation gamer."

The first game in the Assassin's Creed franchise will make its worldwide debut at E3 in Los Angeles and will be available to consumers in 2007. For more information, please visit www.assassinscreed.com.

This title has not yet been concept approved by Sony Computer Entertainment America.

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of 538 million Euros for the 2004-2005 fiscal year, an increase of 8 percent over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

® 2006 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, Rayman Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. "PLAYSTATION" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

® 2003 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Based on Prince of Persia® created by Jordan Mechner. Prince of Persia is a trademark of Jordan Mechner in the US and/or other countries used under license by Ubisoft Entertainment.

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