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Fast-Paced 3D Tennis Game From Ubi Soft Is The Next Best Thing To Being On The Court

San Francisco, CA, October 29, 1997 -- Forget about the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. Now it's time to take to the funkier courts of Tennis Arena, the tennis game with an attitude! In Ubi Soft Entertainment's Tennis Arena for the PlayStation, the racket is the weapon, and the game is far from love. Combining unbeatable playability, 3D graphics, and blistering action, Tennis Arena features unique characters, exotic locations and the challenge of real tennis laced with an edge of cool.

Using motion capture video to create realistic 3D graphics and viewing angles, Tennis Arena matches you with a not-so-classic line-up of players ranging from a sumo wrestler to sassy girls with racket power and killer swings. Despite their zany get-ups, these eight players pack serious talent, like William Lee Chan from China, the twenty-year-old with his special "Super Ninja Shot forehand." Each player has different strengths and styles, ranging from steady groundstrokers to powerful serve-and-volleyers.

The exciting fast paced competition found in Tennis Arena is set on a choice of courts with locations throughout the world. The variety of court surfaces range from the fast astro turf in New York Park and the artificial soft court of Pyramid City in Egypt, to the slick wooden surface of the Ocean Cruise by the Red Sea, and the slow red clay courts at the Roman Coliseum. In the realistic play of Tennis Arena, just as in actual tennis, the different court surfaces complement different playing styles.

Tennis Arena offers a match for everyone with multiple levels of singles and doubles competition. Exhibition-style Smash Tennis allows players to hone their skills in pick-up matches where they select their opponents. For an intense tournament, players can take turns crossing rackets with up to 8 players. In the World Cup option, players compete against a progressively challenging roster of all-stars, vying to the world ranks by competing in the World Series, the Champion Series, the Grand Slam, or the UBI Super.

Developed by Smart Dog for Ubi Soft Entertainment, Tennis Arena is packed with intricacies, special moves, and hidden extras. Gamers can boom heavy topspin serves and follow them to the net for angled volleys, delicate drop shots, or blistering overhead smashes. Or they can stay in the back court, driving topspin forehands, slicing backhands, and then showing off the touch on their lobs.

Scheduled for release this Fall on the Sony PlayStation, the MSRP for Tennis Arena is $39.95.

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Ubi Soft Entertainment, a $60 million European-based software publishing and distribution company, was founded in 1986 in France. Ubi Soft entered the software development arena in 1993, and is now a leader in the distribution of all entertainment software to the French market. The company is best known in the U.S. for Rayman, a blockbuster action/adventure game for all ages that debuted in 1995. Ubi Soft has most recently launched POD, a revolutionary hyper-sonic, sci-fi racing thriller. POD has received widespread acclaim for revolutionizing on-line multi-player gaming possibilities by being the first racing game ever to offer the option to link up to eight simultaneous players directly over the Internet. In addition to its U.S. offices in California and its headquarters in France, Ubi Soft has offices in Japan, Germany, Spain, Italy, England, Australia, China, and Canada.

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