.hack//G.U. Vol.1: Rebirth Hacks Into Retail Outlets Across The Country

Oct 24th 2006
.hack(R)//G.U.(TM) Vol.1: Rebirth(TM) HACKS INTO RETAIL OUTLETS ACROSS
THE COUNTRY

Offline Massively Multiplayer Online Game Hits Store Shelves

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (October 24, 2006) – Leading video games publisher
and developer Namco Bandai Games America Inc. announced today that
.hack(R)//G.U.(TM) Vol.1: Rebirth(TM), developed exclusively for the
PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, has shipped to retail stores
across North America. In .hack//G.U. Vol.1: Rebirth, “The World”
returns – rebuilt and as successful as ever. When in-game actions begin to
affect the player's reality, Haseo begins his quest to uncover the
secrets hidden deep within the complex online world.

“For the next installment of the .hack series, we wanted to continue to
explore the boundaries of perceived reality while making the game more
accessible to new players,” said Naruo Uchida, Vice President of
Localization at Namco Bandai Games America Inc. “.hack//G.U. Vol.1: Rebirth
takes place in a darker world, where players are continually faced with
the challenges of ruthless Player Killings, and unexplainable
mysterious events, but still maintains the humor and distinct personality of the
original titles.”

What is reality? The answer to this question becomes less clear as
players delve deeper into “The World.” After the data for his character
is mysteriously erased, the seasoned MMO player Haseo must start over
and begin the long journey to return to his position as a feared
“Player-Killer” killer. By forming groups and guilds with new characters,
players will become immersed in a captivating new storyline as they help
Haseo progress and explore the mysteries inside “The World.” An
intuitive desktop interface allows players to browse forums for in-game hints,
receive news headlines from the outside world and receive emails from
in-game friends and guild members. With the ability to hack into and
manipulate “The World,” players can gain an advantage over their enemies
– and shape Haseo's destiny.

To download new screenshots please visit:
www.kohnkecomm.com/dl/bandai/dothack-ships.zip (1.15 MB)

Developed by CyberConnect2, .hack//G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth is rated “T”
for Teen by the ESRB and has a suggested retail price of $39.99 for the
game and $49.99 for the Special Edition, which includes the game, an
exclusive Haseo action figure and the Terminal Disc.

For more information about .hack//G.U. Vol 1. Rebirth, please visit
http://www.dothack.com/gu or join the hunt for Tri Edge at
http://www.altimitcorp.com/altimit/.

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About Namco Bandai Games America Inc.

Namco Bandai Games America Inc. is an interactive entertainment
software publisher and developer based in Santa Clara, CA. The company is a
subsidiary of the newly formed NAMCO BANDAI Holdings (USA) Inc. based in
Cypress, CA.

On September 29, 2005, Bandai Co., Ltd. and NAMCO LIMITED implemented a
management integration to form NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc. This step was
taken to compete more effectively on the global stage in the
fast-changing entertainment industry and to deliver further growth.

The resulting BANDAI NAMCO Group is a global entertainment group
involved in business fields ranging from toys, amusement facilities, video
game software and visual software, to apparel, sundries and network
content.

As previous separate entities (Namco Hometek Inc. and Bandai Games
Inc.) the companies were each known for creating some of the industry's top
video game franchises including: Tamagotchi!(R), Tekken(R),
SOULCALIBUR(R), Dead to Rights(R), Pac-Man(R) World(TM), Digimon(R), Ridge
Racer(R), Time Crisis(R) and ACECOMBAT(R).

For more information about Namco Bandai Games America Inc. and its
products log onto www.namcobandaigames.com.

Press Release © 2006 Namco Bandai Games America Inc.

.hack (R) //G.U.(TM)&(c) 2006 NAMCO BANDAI (c) 2006 Namco Bandai Games
Vol. 1: Rebirth is a trademark of Namco Bandai Games America Inc.

“PlayStation” and the “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks of
Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.

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