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Sony & Warner Bros. Log Online Together

Sony Online Ent. Inc., and Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. announced exclusive long-term licensing agreements allowing SOE to develop a DC Comics massively multiplayer online game for PC and next generation consoles, as well as the acquisition of THE MATRIX ONLINE game by SOE.

By working with Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. we will fuse the knowledge SOE has in the online space with some of Warner Bros. phenomenal properties, said John Smedley, president, Sony Online Ent. SOE will work closely with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics to maintain the authenticity consumers demand from the DC Comics franchises. We will also take steps to continue the same high level of service that subscribers have come to expect from THE MATRIX ONLINE game.

Our goal is to deliver quality content and consistently advance our key properties within the online games space, said Jason Hall, svp of Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. Weve done just that with THE MATRIX ONLINE. Because of our compelling work in developing and launching that game we can now move it over to the leaders in the MMO space, SOE. We look forward to working with SOE to enhance our overall services to massively multiplayer online gamers for THE MATRIX ONLINE and a new DC Comics game.

"Expanding our fans' ability to participate in the DC universe through a great online game is a terrific step forward for DC Comics," said Paul Levitz, president & publisher of DC Comics. "We look forward to working with our colleagues at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and the talented folks at SOE."

Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. Inc., a Warner Bros. Ent. Co., is a premier licensor and a developer of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including consoles, PC-based gaming and wireless applications.

Sony Online Ent. Inc. (SOE), a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Digital Inc., is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Headquartered in San Diego, with additional development studios in Austin, Seattle and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge online games in development.

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