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This is interesting. A Home space that’s actually an MMO? I won’t be able to check this out until tonight so if you get in, please report in the comments section.

[EDIT] Just found this video

Sony Computer Entertainment America Broadens PlayStation(R)Home 3D Gaming Experience
With Launch of Unprecedented MMO Space

‘Sodium One’ Provides Futuristic Multiplayer Gameplay and Evolving Adventure to
PlayStation(R)3 Users

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment America
(SCEA) today announced the launch of Sodium One, a new and evolving massively
multiplayer online (MMO) game space now available within the ground-breaking 3D
gaming community, PlayStation®Home. Since the opening of the beta in December
2008 exclusively on the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment
system, PlayStation Home has dramatically expanded and today offers gamers more than
100 games to play, 50 spaces to experience, and over 2000 virtual items to collect.
With the launch of Sodium, PlayStation Home’s first MMO, PlayStation Home further
evolves into a true social gaming platform, complete with both snack-size mini games
and extended gaming experiences to share with both existing friends and new friends
met within PlayStation Home.

"The launch of PlayStation Home in 2008 pioneered new ground in interactive
entertainment and, since then, increasing support and enthusiasm from our PS3 user
and game publisher communities have helped to make this a tremendous first year for
the platform," said Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing and
PlayStation Network, SCEA. "Today we further push the envelope with the launch
of PlayStation Home’s Sodium — an evolving space that leverages the incredible
computing power of PS3 to deliver truly unique, and visually stunning social gaming
experiences that you won’t find on any other platform."

Starting on December 17, PlayStation Home users can step into the Sodium
"Teleporter" located in the PlayStation Home Central Plaza and be
transported to a futuristic, action-packed social gaming environment. In Sodium, a
new technological era has dawned bringing with it interstellar travel, rapid
colonization of the galaxy, inexhaustible energy, advanced Artificial Intelligence
(A.I.) and the power to travel between quantum realities. This new age has also
brought a host of new challenges where players must battle for harmony with their
environment – and sometime survival.

Sodium, developed by Outso and published by Lockwood Publishing, starts players in a
social hub located in the Nevada desert. Players must check in with A.I. life-force
"VICKIE" to obtain their objectives, then battle through multiple levels
for a spot on the leader board — either in individual combat or as a multi-player
experience — while earning credits and rewards to be redeemed in within the game.
Sodium features objective-based meta-games, full arcade-style games and community
events. During the first section of the game, "Salt Shooter," players must
hunt self-replacing robots with tanks in order control their population. Gamers can
play through the first five levels of "Salt Shooter" for free, or unlock
additional levels and experiences with the purchase the virtual items, ranging from
$0.99 (MSRP) to $4.99 (MSRP).

By leveraging the power of PS3, Sodium delivers awe-inspiring visual graphics and
rich gaming social experiences only possible on the PS3 platform. Due to the
flexibility of the PlayStation Home platform, the genre-defying Sodium space will
continue to evolve over time. Players can look forward to new games, community
events and virtual items to be added, further revealing the story and offering new
experiences and challenges.

As with all PlayStation Home spaces, Sodium enables PlayStation Home users to
interact, communicate and share experiences. Players looking for a more social
experience can become a bartender and serve virtual drinks to friends at the ‘Sodium
Hub", or compete with friends in mini games. PS3 owners can customize their
PlayStation Home avatar with Sodium gear while exploring the virtual community in
real time, and communicating freely through text.

Sodium is one of more than 50 spaces within PlayStation Home. Game publishers
continue to recognize the value of directly interacting with the gaming community to
increase and extend consumer interest in their game titles via new mediums of game
play. SCEA has partnered with nearly 30 brands to develop virtual environments and
game-specific content for PlayStation Home, including to Activision, Electronic
Arts, Capcom Entertainment, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., THQ, UBISOFT, and
others.

PlayStation Home has also garnered growing enthusiasm from the PlayStation
community, connecting millions of PS3 users to each other and to unique interactive
experiences. To date, 10 million users around the world have visited PlayStation
Home to play games, attend special events, watch videos, listen to music, meet new
friends, and launch into multiplayer PS3 games – averaging 60 minutes per
visit. Over 250 community events have been held in PlayStation Home since its
launch, many organized by the PS3 community. With new users, entertaining new spaces
and virtual items added regularly, PlayStation Home offers new thrills and
opportunities to connect gamers with every visit.

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