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    Ubisoft brings Tales of Eternia for psp™ to Europe in November 27/10/2005
    Classic title in the long-running “Tales of” RPG series perfectly adapted for handheld format.
    London, UK –October 27, 2005

    Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, today announced that it will publish and distribute in Europe Namco’s critically acclaimed masterpiece, Tales of Eternia™, on the PlayStation® Portable system (PSP™). The title is slated for release in 10th November 2005.

    Tales of Eternia was first released on the PlayStation in Japan in 2000 and was the third title in the fan-favourite “Tales of” series of role-playing games, known for its original and dynamic action-oriented battle system, polished character design and unique atmosphere. Tales of Eternia will send players off on a rich adventure through a dreamlike world.

    Ubisoft is thrilled to partner with Namco to bring Tales of Eternia, a highly anticipated gem from a classic series, to Europe,” said John Parkes, EMEA marketing director at Ubisoft. “Tales of Eternia is an acclaimed and popular Japanese franchise, and we're very pleased to add this version, perfectly adapted for handheld format, to Ubisoft's line-up of superior games.”

    "I think RPGs and handheld gaming devices goes so well together,” said Tales of Eternia Producer Matoko Yoshidumi. “This is especially so for the PSP. I hope you can enjoy the high quality of Eternia on the PSP."

    Storyline:

    Three childhood friends, Reid Hershel, Farah Oersted, and a mysterious purple-haired girl named Meredy with a boisterous pet named Quickie, must embark on a journey to learn the truth about the fate of their world. Meredy's planet is going to collide with that of Reid and Farah, and she sets out to find elements that can stop that from happening. Along the way, the trio faces all manner of obstacles and puzzles that they have to overcome in order to save both worlds.

    Game Features:

    • An entire world in the palm of the hand: Players can control one character out of a party of four through magnificent fantasy 2D environments and 3D world maps.
    • Acclaimed battle system: Innovative “Tales of” Linear Motion Battle system; different striking techniques, real-time combos and spells.
    • Diverse gameplay: A collection of challenging mini-games perfectly integrated into the story allows the characters to earn unique features.
    • Accessible gameplay: Players can quickly learn impressive moves and combos, offering a massive range of possible attacks.
    • Incredible lasting appeal: The players travel through cities, regions and continents to learn about their destiny and change the fate of their world.
    • Build up your own heroes:  A gigantic number of different items, equipment and spells.
    • PSP optimization: Not a single load time during the whole game, renewed game experience taking advantage of the PSP™ wide screen.
    • Motoi Sakuraba’s original soundtrack: Magnificent music from Motoi Sakuraba, the famous RPG music composer.

    Tales of Eternia™&©2000 2004 NAMCO LTD., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©MUTSUMI INOMATA.  Produced by NAMCO LTD. Published and distributed by UBISOFT Entertainment under license from NAMCO LTD.

    PSP is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Memory Stick Duo™ may be required (sold separately). “PlayStation” and the “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 

    About Namco
    Namco, with headquarters in Japan was established in 1955 and has consistently provided a high level of expertise in the entertainment industry. With games such as Tekken™, Ridge Racer™, Time Crisis™ and Soulcalibur™, Namco has become a successful developer and publisher, esteemed throughout the world for the games of excellent quality it has produced.

    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 videogame titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of €538 million for the 2004–2005 fiscal year, an increase of 8% over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.