989 Sports™ Inks Quarterback Michael Vick To Grace the Cover of NCAA® GameBreaker™ 2002 For the PlayStation®2 Computer Entertainment System

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. - 05/11/2001

Epitomizing the next step in the evolution of sports, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that college football's most electrifying athlete, Virginia Tech Heisman™ Trophy candidate Michael Vick, has been signed as the cover athlete for NCAA® GameBreaker™ 2002 from the 989 Sports™ team. The next-generation in the tradition of the GameBreaker series, it is only fitting that NCAA® GameBreaker™ 2002 be represented by the most revolutionary athlete to tackle the college gridiron.

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"We are ecstatic to team up with a prolific athlete like Michael Vick for NCAA® GameBreaker™ 2002," said Ami Blaire, director, product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. "In a short time Michael has proven that his caliber of play matches the level of action and excitement we consistently look to bring to gamers with NCAA GameBreaker. We are thrilled to have Michael Vick as part of the GameBreaker tradition."

One of the greatest athletes ever, Michael Vick's sheer athleticism and innate ability to create gamebreaking plays have helped him to reinvent the quarterback position. With world class speed and agility paired with a cannon-like arm, Michael Vick's ever-present potential to rack up yardage in the blink of an eye has garnered him countless accolades and the unwavering focus of opponents and fans alike. Sure to be the standard by which all future college quarterbacks are measured, Michael Vick's explosive offensive abilities have brought him to the forefront as the future of football in the NFL.

Set to be released later this year, NCAA GameBreaker 2002 combines advanced graphics and enhanced PlayStation 2 gameplay to result in the most compelling college football videogame ever. Featuring 117 Division I-A teams and stadiums, 21 bowl games including the Rose Bowl, host of this year's National Championship, and the chase for the Heisman Trophy, NCAA GameBreaker 2002 takes fans as close to the action on the field as they can get without wearing a helmet.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rates NCAA GameBreaker 2002 "RP" for "Rating Pending." For more information about the ESRB visit http://www.esrb.org/.

989 Sports is the sports software brand of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. Known for its top-selling sports franchise titles such as NFL GameDay™, MLB™, NBA ShootOut, NHL FaceOff™, NCAA® Final Four® and NCAA® GameBreaker™, 989 Sports is committed to developing authentic and innovative sports games to appeal to both the professional athlete and hard-core sports videogame fan.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® game console and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation game console and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PlayStation game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.


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SOURCE: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

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