Sonic Heroes ShipsSonic Heroes Ships on PlayStation 2 and Xbox; Dubbed "Breathtakingly Gorgeous" by Electronic Gaming Monthly SEGAs #1 Selling Franchise Runs Across all Platforms for First Time SAN FRANCISCO - Awarded "Game of the Month" and rated "A" by Play Magazine; billed "downright amazing" by IGN: SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced the availability of "Sonic HeroesT" on the XboxT videogame system from Microsoft and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The first original Sonic The HedgehogT console game in three years is also the legendary speed demons first appearance on Xbox and PlayStation 2 consoles. "Sonic Heroes" on Nintendo GameCubeT was released on January 6. "Sonic Heroes" challenges gamers to control three characters simultaneously, each offering the unique individual ability of speed, power or flight. Multiple teams follow their own unique story paths across 14 massive stages. Their combined objective: to thwart the plans of Sonics arch nemesis, the nefarious Dr. Eggman. "We are proud to see our marquee franchise reaching the largest possible gaming audience and running at Sonic speed onto PlayStation 2 and Xbox for the first time," said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president of entertainment marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "We look forward to quickly establishing as strong a marketing presence on PlayStation 2 and Xbox as we have on Nintendo GameCube." "Sonic Heroes" is designed to appeal to players of all ages and skill levels as they experiment with four unique teams comprised of classic Sonic friends and foes for a total of 12 playable characters. "Sonic Heroes" changes the face of Sonic the Hedgehog and action-platform games in general by offering innovative design while still maintaining the unrelenting action and speed that made the Sonic franchise so enduring over the years. "Sonic Heroes" also includes seven multi-player mini-games to ensure maximum replay value.