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Tuesday, May 20, 2008 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on May 20, 2008 @ 5:18 a.m. PDT

Another day, another batch of games shipped to stores. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are announcements for:

UEFA EURO 2008 (PSP/PS2/PS3/X360)

UEFA EURO 2008 is a more accessible, faster paced, and more responsive version of the market-leading EA Sports soccer engine - with all of the teams and official stadiums that will be part of UEFA EURO 2008. Take one of 52 European national teams to glory from qualification right through to a virtual reproduction of the championship tournament. A new game mode called Captain Your Country will enable gamers to put themselves on the pitch, earn the captaincy of their team, and truly inspire their country to glory. Gamers will be able to celebrate their success on-field through user-controlled celebrations that will add to the pageantry and atmosphere of the event.

With UEFA EURO 2008 now available in stores throughout North America, gamers can log on at www.easportsfootball.com to track their results against rivals from around the world in the Battle of the Nations online game mode featured in UEFA EURO 2008. Battle of the Nations is a daily competition where users represent their country online against rival nations in a quest for continental supremacy. A groundbreaking points system means that, while linked to the EA servers, every performance in UEFA EURO 2008 is rated, recorded and uploaded and ratings all count towards player and nation Leaderboards. Gamers can play as any team against any opposition and still gain points for their selected country with bigger upsets netting increased status points.

The new EA Sports soccer website www.easportsfootball.com is set to become the premier global destination for EA Sports soccer fans on the web where they can interact with and be a part of the world's leading soccer gaming community. Users will be able to track statistics, get insight into features on all EA Sports soccer games, upload videos, join groups, and participate in tournaments and online leagues with soccer fans from all over the world for all EA Sports soccer games. Developed in five different languages the soccer gaming destination will be updated with new content, videos and features regularly so fans are encouraged to visit often to keep up-to-date on their favorite EA Sports soccer videogames.

Developed by EA Canada, UEFA EURO 2008, rated "E" for everyone, is in stores now throughout North America on the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, and PSP.

SingStar (PS3)

Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment's Worldwide Studios, London Studio, SingStar PS3 takes the successful interactive singing experience established with the popular PS2 franchise to the next level by giving players access to purchase hundreds of songs and videos across multiple genres, build and customize party playlists and build a community of user-created performances.

SingStar makes its US PS3 debut with a Blu-ray Disc containing 30 chart topping singles and videos from today's hottest artists and legends including The Killers, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Outkast, R.E.M., Radiohead, Britney Spears and The Pussycat Dolls. In addition to the new songs available on the disc, SingStar PS3 provides players with access to a catalog of hundreds of downloadable songs featuring the real artists and videos, via the PS3 online SingStore. Available at $1.49 for each individual track, players can choose from songs and videos across multiple genres to create their own personalized party playlists. Over 200 downloadable songs will be available within the North American SingStore on day one with the goal of adding approximately 25 to 50 new songs each month.

Bringing social networking and user-generated content to the forefront of social gaming, through utilizing the PlayStation Eye camera, players can become global stars with My SingStar Online where they can share their personal SingStar performances with the online worldwide SingStar community via captured video, audio and photos. Players also will be able to view and rate videos created by others, as well as check out the community's top performers with the newly added feature of weekly highest-rated videos. My SingStar Online already has proven to be a top destination for SingStar fans abroad following the game's European release this past holiday, attracting 140,000 registered users who, combined with visitors to the official Singstar website, have shared over 20,000 videos of their SingStar performances that have been watched a total of 2.5 million times.

"The worldwide success of SingStar continues to spread across North America due in large part to its casual-friendly, social gameplay," said Jeff Reese, director, software marketing, SCEA. "PS3 has allowed us to evolve the SingStar experience, growing beyond simply expanding the library with new tracks. Adding new next-generation features such as the SingStore and My SingStar Online, SingStar PS3 is the complete party package with an ever-growing downloadable catalog, global community-driven content and innovative, social networking features."

In addition to the inclusion of the weekly highest-rated video feature, a number of other enhancements were added to the game today via a free patch for North America. New features include enhanced harmony duets, separate Battle mode difficulty selections, a lag calibration feature for different TV types, and PSP Remote Play. The new Harmony Duet mode allows for scoring of melodies with specifically selected duet tracks, while the Battle mode difficulty selection lets players choose their own individual difficulty rating when in Battle or Duet mode. For those on-the-go wanting to have their playlist ready when they arrive home, they can now access the SingStore and My SingStar Online with PSP Remote Play. With Remote Play, players can browse, stream and remotely launch downloads from the SingStore, as well as check out their profile on My SingStar Online.

SingStar PS3 will be available both as a stand-alone disc and as a bundle packaged with two high-quality USB microphones. Fans who own microphones from the SingStar PS2 library can put them to use with SingStar PS3. Since the franchise launched on PS2, the North American SingStar catalogue has grown to 150 songs and includes a mixture of genres from 90's to pop.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated SingStar "T" for Teen.

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