CHERTSEY, Surrey. - June 22 2005 - Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) announced today that England Cricket star, Andrew Flintoff has signed with EA to be the face of EA SPORTSTM Cricket 2005, set for release on July 1st, 2005 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft and PC.
Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff is the golden boy of English cricket, storming on to the scene 4 years ago. His heroics with both bat and ball have catapulted England up the world rankings. His involvement in England's test side has meant that after years in the cold, England is once again a side to be reckoned with.
EA SPORTSTM Cricket 2005 will let gamers compete as a fully licensed English team against a host of international opponents including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In addition the all-new explosive Twenty20 tournament and all the domestic county cricket teams and tournaments will also be on offer
EA SPORTSTM' Luke Cousens commented: 'Andrew is the one of the biggest talents in world cricket at present and will play a huge role in England's bid to wrestle back the Ashes. He is the perfect front man for Cricket 2005.'
Andrew Flintoff added: 'Cricket is getting bigger and bigger around the world and this new game proves it. It's got everything from fast bowlers to the big hitting shots and I'm very happy to be endorsing it.'
All new detail in players' faces and bodies, over 1000 new motion captured animations and a brand new create-a-player facility allow gamers flexibility to play as the stars of the game or create their own.
With TV style presentation, over 35 stadiums from all over the world and commentary from the legendary Richie Benaud, EA SPORTSTM delivers the definitive interactive Cricket experience.
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Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTSTM, EATM, EA SPORTS BIGTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.electronicarts.co.uk. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at www.electronicarts.co.uk/press
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