Chertsey, UK - November 17, 2005 - Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS), today announced it has shipped its biggest launch line up of EA SPORTSTM titles to stores with four EA SPORTS branded games for the Xbox 360TM. FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World CupTM, Madden NFL 06, NBA LIVE 06 and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 06 are all available for the new game system.
The most heralded franchises in videogames sports history arrive at launch offering consumers four different sports games to play when they take their hardware out of the box for the first time.
"As launch titles, our four EA SPORTS titles for the Xbox 360 will give consumers a next generation sports experience from the time they take the shrink-wrap off the games and the console out of the box," said John Schappert, Group Vice President and General Manager EA Studios. "This first round of games is what the hardcore videogame consumer wants, and we're delivering that with these EA SPORTS launch titles."
EA's four EA SPORTS launch titles for Xbox 360 are:
FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup
FIFA 06 Road to FIFA World Cup immerses players into the emotional intensity of next generation football. Utilizing the power of the Xbox 360, fans will be able to revel in the world's most sophisticated representation of football. Experience a newly enhanced gameplay engine that delivers extremely responsive controls and greater level of depth. New physics and animations mean that players will now react more realistically to every tackle, shot or pass of the ball.
Madden NFL 06
Madden NFL 06 for the Xbox 360 has been built from the ground up to deliver completely redesigned gameplay and the most lifelike American football experience ever created. Gamers will feel the true emotion and passion on the football field with incredibly detailed player models that come to life on every play, as well as lifelike stadiums and fans. With a full Franchise mode, in-depth online play and a new presentation style with a hometown announcer and new playcalling system, Madden NFL 06 for the Xbox 360 is poised to once again raise the bar for the authentic football gaming experience.
NBA LIVE 06
Live and breathe basketball like never before with NBA LIVE 06 on the Xbox 360. Rebuilt from the ground up and powered by next generation gameplay, players can see and feel the emotion and intensity of the complete basketball experience with NBA LIVE 06. Players jump to life with real-world physics and enhanced animations including sweat rolling down the players' faces. With true-to-life details, major gameplay advancements, and unprecedented player graphics, the sport of basketball is elevated to a whole new level with NBA LIVE 06.
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06
With greatness comes pressure and in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06 on Xbox 360, players experience the intensity of competing in championship golf events. Thousands of fans line the fairways and pack grandstands surrounding the greens, watching every shot as players aim to become the world's #1 golfer. Players have a shot at realizing their ultimate dream of earning a PGA TOUR Card through Q-school and climbing the ranks on the PGA TOUR by playing against nine of the world's greatest golfers like Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Chris DiMarco. It's that pressure and the challenge of competing against some of the world's top golfers on intimidating courses that await you in the next generation of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06.
"We will continue to deliver games in the coming months that demonstrate why EA SPORTS is a beloved brand and that authenticity, competition and innovation continue to be what EA SPORTS branded games deliver to the consumer," Schappert added.
FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup, Madden NFL 06, NBA LIVE 06 and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06 are all rated E by the ESRB. For more information about EA's entire Xbox 360 launch line-up visit www.electronicarts.co.uk
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (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.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at www.electronicarts.co.uk
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