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989 Studios was a division of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) that developed games for the PlayStation consoles and Windows personal computers. Their titles include Twisted Metal III and 4, Syphon Filter and Syphon Filter 2, Jet Moto 3, Bust a Groove, EverQuest and others. It now exists as the 989 Sports brand owned by SCEA that produces sports titles.

History

The 989 Sports title developed from a long history of name changes and corporate shuffling within Sony centered around operations in Foster City, California. In August 1995 the video game business of Sony Imagesoft was merged with the product development branch of SCEA, becoming Sony Interactive Studios America (SISA).[1] On April 1998, SISA was renamed 989 Studios, after the street address of the building they worked in (989 E. Hillsdale Boulevard, Foster City, California, which Sony still uses). The part of 989 developing EverQuest (and other online and PC games) broke off to become an independent studio named Verant Interactive in early 1999. On April 1, 2000, 989 Studios was merged back into SCEA as a first party development group, in order to prepare for the then-upcoming PlayStation 2. SCEA continues to release sports games under the 989 Sports brand. Subsequent reissues and sequels to 989's titles are published under the SCEA name instead of the 989 name.[citation needed]

Games

989 Studios

Published by 989 Sports

Published by SCEA under the 989 Sports brand

989 Sports Game Announcers/Voices

NBA ShootOut

  • Mike Carlucci
  • Ian Eagle

NFL GameDay

  • Mike Carlucci
  • Dick Enberg/Phil Simms

MLB Baseball

  • Mike Carlucci
  • Vin Scully (MLB 99 only)
  • Vin Scully/Dave Campbell (MLB 2000 to MLB 2005)

NHL FaceOff

  • Mike Emerick/Darren Fang

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References

  1. Sony Electronic Publishing Co. renamed; Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. is established. Businesswire, August 17, 1995.

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