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Sony Online Entertainment Announces Launch Dates for Payday: The Heist, Rochard, and Sideway: New York on PSN

SAN DIEGO - Aug. 18, 2011 - Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today announced the launch dates for PAYDAY: The Heist™, Rochard and Sideway: New York, which are all scheduled to launch in September and October for digital download via PlayStation Network.

“We are seeing increased growth and popularity in the digital distribution of premium console games and therefore are delivering new AAA-quality titles like Rochard, PAYDAY: The Heist and Sideway: New York that address this trend head on,” said Chris Sturr, executive director of business development and corporate strategy at Sony Online Entertainment. “As one of the largest third-party publishers on PlayStation®Network with 9.7 million downloads to date, we continue to raise the bar for players with the introduction of three new original games that further complement our existing portfolio including Plants vs. Zombies™, DC Universe™ Online, Slam Bolt Scrappers, Free Realms®, Akimi Village and Acceleration of Suguri X Edition.”

SOE’s upcoming line-up of digital distribution titles includes:

  • Rochard - An action-adventure, side-scrolling puzzle platformer, Rochard follows the story of the astro-miner John Rochard as he uses his wits and everyday mining tools to fend off space pirates, save his team of missing miners and solve the mystery behind the discovery of an ancient alien artifact.Rochard tests players’ coordination as they manipulate gravity to their advantage, changing it at will to solve environmental puzzles and advance through each level. Rochard will be available for download from the PlayStation®Network on September 27 for $9.99 USD.
  • PAYDAY: The Heist - In this action-packed, squad-based first person shooter, players will join a four-person crew of hardened career criminals to execute six high-stakes heists, including bank robberies, prisoner extractions and armored car hijackings. PAYDAY: The Heist will be available for download on the PC and PlayStation®Network on October 4 for $19.99 USD. The game can also be pre-ordered from September 20 until September 28 on the PlayStation Network. Additionally, DLC expansions will be released later this year.
  • Sideway: New York - As Nox, a graffiti artist sucked into a twisted graffiti world, players navigate through a 2D adventure platformer set in a 3D world. Using window ledges, drain pipes and graffiti tags, players will guide Nox around corners and onto roofs through the gritty streets and diverse neighborhoods of New York City on Nox’s quest to defeat his nemesis Spray, rescue his friends and ultimately escape back to the real world. Sideway: New York will launch on the PlayStation®Network October 11 for $9.99 USD.

All three games will be hosting new demos at the GamesCom industry trade show, taking place August 18-21, 2011 in Cologne, Germany in Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) booth (Hall 7, Booth 01) and meeting room (Hall 4.1, Room B13). New assets for each title can be downloaded below:

  • PAYDAY: The Heist will have its Diamond Heist scenario playable in the SCEE booth during Gamescom.

PAYDAY: The Heist was created by OVERKILL Software. PAYDAY: The Heist is not yet rated, but an M (Mature) rating is anticipated as the game may contain content inappropriate for children. Visit www.esrb.org for rating information.

Rochard is developed by Recoil Games and is currently rated “T” for “Teens” by the ESRB. Visit www.esrb.org for rating information.

Sideway: New York is developed by Playbrains and Fuel Entertainment.  Sideway: New York is not yet rated (RP). Visit www.esrb.org for rating information.

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Date: August 18, 2011

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