Chertsey, UK. March 24, 2006 - This is your chance to step onto the pitch and play with your heroes in the 2006 FIFA World CupTM Finals! Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) today revealed the superstar players who will be featured on the front packs of the 2006 FIFA World CupTM video game around the world. Designed to celebrate each country's top star, the cover players have been individually selected to represent their team, their nation and their loyal fans. Working in partnership with adidas, the only official branded sports apparel manufacturer for the real-world 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament, EA has been able to deliver customized covers for nearly a dozen countries.
"We are thrilled to have the world's top footballers representing 2006 FIFA World Cup in each of these countries," said Clive Downie, VP of Marketing, EA. "Game players around the globe are engaging in this phenomenal tournament by experiencing it for themselves through the video game."
"2006 FIFA World Cup lets players live out their greatest football fantasy of playing with their heroes. We are honoured to have the opportunity to partner with EA and provide direct access to each of the superstars," said Thierry Weil, head of football sports marketing at adidas.
Demonstrating physical excellence, undying determination and masterful skill, the line-up of players featured regionally on 2006 FIFA World Cup are true sports champions.
[table]TEAM ATHLETE PACK AVAILABILE IN:
England Frank Lampard England
China Zhi Zhen China
China Zhi Zhen China
Germany Lukas Podolski Germany
Italy Alessandro Del Piero Italy
Mexico Jamie Lozano USA, Canada, Mexico
Portugal Simao Portugal
Netherlands Arjen Robben Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg
Switzerland Ricardo Cabanas Switzerland
Spain Xavi Spain
USA Claudio Reyna USA, Canada, Mexico
NA Will feature the FIFA World Cup trophy and the Official Emblem All other Countries[/table]
Players step into the heart of the action as they play their favourite team or most loathed opponent. Featuring stunning visual representations of the world's superstar players, gamers experience the 12 official stadiums as they take their team from qualification to glory. In addition to taking control of one of 127 national teams, players will enjoy groundbreaking new play modes. Global Challenge tests even the biggest soccer fanatic by recreating classic moments in FIFA World Cup history with modern teams. True champions can challenge their friends in eight-way multiplayer matches and take advantage of tremendous in-game un-lockable content such as legendary players and exclusive licensed football apparel.
2006 FIFA World Cup, developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C. will be available on April 28th in Europe and Asia and on April 24th in North America. The game will be available on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® and Xbox 360TM video game systems from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCubeTM, Nintendo DSTM, and Game Boy® Advance, PSPTM (PlayStation®Portable) system, PC and mobile. The game is has a PEGI rating of 3+. Screenshots can be downloaded at www.electronicarts.co.uk/press
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