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Sony Online Announces PlanetSide: Aftershock

Sony Online Ent. Inc. has announced PLANETSIDE: AFTERSHOCK, the complete PLANETSIDE collection, including the original PLANETSIDE, PLANETSIDE: CORE COMBAT expansion pack and the recently announced BATTLEFRAME ROBOTICS (BFRs) action pack. PLANETSIDE: AFTERSHOCK is expected to ship to North American on Oct. 18, 2004.

"PLANETSIDE: AFTERSHOCK brings together all of the action of the original PLANETSIDE game, CORE COMBAT expansion, and our new BATTLEFRAME ROBOTICS action pack and combines them in one definitive PLANETSIDE collection," said Alex von Minden, producer, Sony Online Ent. "With more than 40,000 people now taking part in PLANETSIDE's 24-hour battles, there's terrific action and conflict to be found online."

In PLANETSIDE: AFTERSHOCK, players choose their allegiance and enlist in the army of one of three unique empires. As battles are fought and experience gained, characters can chose to advance in more than 30 combat specialties, including infantry, sniper, stealth commando, engineer, hacker, medic, pilot, driver and more. New BATTLEFRAME ROBOTICS put players in control of giant mechanized robots.

The new collection has a retail price of $19.99, which includes a 30-day subscription (for new subscribers only) to the game's online world. Additionally, the game carries a monthly subscription fee of $12.99 for continuing access to the game world. Players can subscribe using a credit card, or purchase SOE 30-day and 90-day Game Cards.

The BFR action pack will be available as a free download for those who already own PLANETSIDE: CORE COMBAT, and will automatically patch to PCs with the CORE COMBAT expansion enabled when it is released.

Sony Online Ent. Inc. (SOE), a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Digital Inc., is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with a subscriber base of over 750,000 active accounts around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Headquartered in San Diego, California, with an additional development studio in Austin, Texas, SOE has an array of cutting-edge online games in development.

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