Bandai Games Announces .hack//G.U.

Best Selling Role-Playing Game Returns to PlayStation®2

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 18 2004 – Bandai Games Inc. today announced “.hack//G.U.” for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. Following the success of the four-volume “.hack” series that sold over 1.7 million copies worldwide, the latest iteration will feature a new cast of characters and an original storyline. Developed by Cyber Connect 2, “.hack//G.U.” will launch in Japan and North America in 2006.

The world premier of the “.hack//G.U.” teaser trailer will run in the Bandai booth at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) every day on 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM PST. Bandai is located at West Hall, booth #2216.

“We joined forces with the most renowned animated TV show talents to create the original '.hack' series,” said Naruo Uchida, Vice President of Bandai Games Inc. “We're proud to announce that Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, the character designer of 'Evangelion,' and Kazunori Ito, the writer of ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and 'Patlabor,' are both returning for the new game.”

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About Bandai Games Inc.
Bandai Games Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bandai America Incorporated and a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software for popular videogame systems such as the PSP™ entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, the Nintendo DS™, Nintendo GameCube™, and the Game Boy® Advance. Unique characters and stimulating game experiences highlight Bandai Games Inc.'s distinctive product lineup which include hit titles such as Inuyasha and Digimon. Bandai Games Inc. is headquartered in
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