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EA Announces The Sims 2™Christmas Party Pack for

“Deck the Halls” of Your Virtual Homes with a Christmas-Themed Bonus CD For One of the Most Popular PC Game Brands in History

CHERTSEY, UK - Oct. 11, 2005 - Get into the Christmas spirit with The Sims 2 Christmas Party Pack!

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced The SimsTM 2 Christmas Party Pack, a special Bonus CD Christmas-themed for the world's best-selling PC game of 2004, The Sims 2. With a PEGI rating of 12+ it will hit store shelves across Europe on November 18th - just in time for Christmas shopping!

The Sims 2 Christmas Party Pack contains over 40 new Christmas-themed items that allow your Sims to celebrate their Christmas in style. With this bonus content, your Sims can decorate their house, serve a festive Christmas dinner, engineer a visit from Santa himself, even host a rollicking New Year's party!

A Stocking Stuffer with Wide Appeal

The Sims games are known for being among the few games to achieve popularity across all ages and genders, making The Sims 2 Christmas Party Pack a great gift for anyone from your nephew, to your grandfather to your favorite aunt or kid sister. "The appeal of playing The Sims 2 is that the game is what you make it," explained Senior Producer Tim LeTourneau. The gameplay experience follows the day-to-day life of the Sims characters that you create and control, over an entire lifetime. According to LeTourneau, "Players enjoy participating in all the ups and downs of their Sims' lives, from the big things like falling in love or building and decorating a house to the memorable things like putting up your family's first Christmas tree and hosting a Christmas dinner-even mundane details like ordering a pizza or fixing your toilet are humorous and fun. The Sims 2 is designed to make even the ordinary extraordinarily entertaining!"

The Create-a-Sim feature allows you to combine your choices from a vast selection of facial features, hairstyles and outfits, to create the Sims you most want to play, make your own family and friends or invent someone on the fly-you can even create your own celebrity look-alikes! Help your Sims fulfill their lifelong aspirations, they can seek popularity, fortune, romance, family, or knowledge-their choices are in your hands. Mix their genes, fulfill their dreams, and push them to extremes. Your Sims aren't the only thing you can create and customize! You won't need a degree in architecture to build dream homes and design neighborhoods with the easy to use building, design, and home furnishing options. And now, with Christmas-themed bonus content from The Sims 2 Christmas Party Pack, you can even hang a stocking over the fireplace!

For more information on The Sims 2 and The Sims 2 Christmas Party Pack, as well as expansion packs including The SimsTM 2 University and The Sims 2 Nightlife which provide additional experiences for the original game please visit http://eagames.co.uk/thesims.

About The SimsTM

The Sims franchise celebrated its fifth anniversary in February. The game skyrocketed to the top of the charts when it began shipping to stores in February 2000 and quickly become a universal gaming and cultural phenomenon. The Sims PC based product and expansion packs were the best selling PC games of 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. Translated into 17 different languages, The Sims has inspired seven top selling expansion packs. They include: The SimsTM Livin' Large, The SimsTM House Party, The SimsTM Hot Date, The SimsTM Vacation, The SimsTM Unleashed, The SimsTM Superstar, and The SimsTM Makin' Magic. The Sims 2 shipped in September 2004 with sales already topping 5M units worldwide, it was the best selling PC game of 2004. The SimsTM 2 University shipped in March 2005 andThe Sims 2 Nightlife shipped in September 2005. Combined sales for the franchise have topped 50M units life-to-date. For more information on The Sims 2, visit www.eagames.co.uk/thesims2 and for more information on The Sims franchise titles, visit www.eagames.co.uk/thesims

About Electronic Arts

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, EA TM, 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

Electronic Arts, EA, EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS BIG, POGO and The Sims are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. PlayStation is a registered trademark and PSP is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xbox is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS and Game Boy are trademark of Nintendo. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. EA TM is an Electronic ArtsTM brand.

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