Arc The Lad: End of Darkness Arrives on Store Shelves


Real-Time Action RPG Featuring Online Adventures Now Available

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (June 15, 2005) –Namco Hometek Inc. today
announced that "Arc The Lad(R): End of Darkness(TM)" has shipped to retail
outlets throughout North America for the PlayStation(R)2 computer
entertainment system. Featuring the series' first real-time combat system and
cooperative and competitive online gameplay, "Arc The Lad: End of
Darkness" is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB.

"Arc The Lad: End of Darkness" follows the young warrior Edda as he
fulfills his destiny as a hunter and comes to realize a sense of
responsibility to save civilization from a terrible unnatural threat. Players
are able to assume the role of Edda and 24 other characters from the "Arc
The Lad" series, utilizing melee strikes and powerful magic attacks
through a real-time combat system to restore peace to the weakened world.
As they overcome enemies, players will acquire cards which will impart
new skills and abilities.

For the first time in the "Arc The Lad" series, players can take the
adventure online and play cooperatively with up to four players through
regular and online-exclusive missions, taking on powerful enemies and
acquiring rare cards. Player vs. player gameplay has also been included,
with up to eight players fighting alone or in teams to test their
mastery in battle.

'“Arc The Lad: End of Darkness' marks a huge leap for this beloved RPG
series with intense real-time combat and online gameplay,” said Jeff
Lujan, Business Director at Namco Hometek Inc. “The game's massive
selection of playable characters, wide array of rare items and well-crafted
storyline will have players reliving the adventure again and again,
either alone or with friends online.”

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About Namco Hometek Inc.

Namco Hometek Inc. is the U.S. consumer division of Namco Limited, a
Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment industry. Based
in Santa Clara, CA, Namco Hometek Inc. is an award-winning video games
publisher for next generation game consoles. Namco has created some of
the industry's greatest video game franchises: "Tekken(R),"
"SOULCALIBUR(R)," "Dead to Rights(R)," "Pac-Man World(TM)," "Ridge Racer(R),"
"Time Crisis(R)" and "ACECOMBAT(TM)." For more information about Namco and
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