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Vicious Engine 2

Earth Defense Force engine makes its way to Sony's handheld.

MORRISVILLE, N.C. – March 1, 2011 – Vicious Cycle Software, a premier developer of interactive entertainment and game development technology, today announced that Vicious Engine 2 (Ve2) will support the next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP) from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc (SCE).  The upcoming launch of NGP will make Ve2 one of the most complete cross platform solutions available in game development.

“We expect NGP to provide the ultimate experience for portable gaming with its various unique and impressive features and Ve2 will provide game makers the most efficient way to develop the very best games for the system,” said Eric Peterson, president and CEO of Vicious Cycle Software. “We have years of experience perfecting the engine and NGP is another step further in our expansion across every platform.”

The adaptable, easy-to-learn Vicious Engine suite has been used to design games of every style, from adventure/platformers like Dead Head Fred® to minis, offering a range of bite-sized downloadable games for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) like Young Thor and Freekscape: Escape From Hell to casual games like Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords®. Vicious Engine 2, which launched in March 2009, is showcased in side-scrolling shooter Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond™, Earth Defense Force®: Insect Armageddon™ and Despicable Me™: The Game™.

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About Vicious Cycle Software

Founded in 2000 by industry veterans Eric Peterson, Wayne Harvey, and Dave Ellis, Vicious Cycle Software, Inc. is a premier developer of interactive entertainment software.  The Morrisville, NC, based studio is dedicated to creating compelling content for all ages across all platforms, including Despicable Me: The Game for Wii™, the PlayStation® 2 system and the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) ; Earth Defense Force®: Insect Armageddon™ for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and original title Dead Head Fred®, winner of the Writer’s Guild of America’s first inaugural Videogame Writing Award.

Since 2005, Vicious Cycle has also developed and licensed the Vicious Engine®, a comprehensive and fully portable middleware solution for PC, console, and handheld game development.  Vicious Engine 2™ (Ve2), released in early 2009, offers a suite of new and improved features for cross-platform, next generation game development on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, the PlayStation 2 system, the next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP), the PSP® system from SCE, and Wii platforms, making it the most complete game development solution available today.

For more information, please visit the company's web sites at www.viciouscycleinc.comand  Vicious Cycle is a D3Publisher development studio.

About D3Publisher

D3Publisher is a video game publisher for Wii™, Nintendo DS™, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.  D3Publisher has operations in the U.S., Europe and Japan.  The company also owns development studio Vicious Cycle Software, Inc., and its technology platform, Vicious Engine®. 

D3Publisher is an independent business unit of the NAMCO BANDAI group of companies.

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