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

CHERTSEY, UK - Nov. 15, 2005 - Celebrate the spirit of the season with The SimsTM 2 Christmas Party Pack! Today, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced that The Sims 2 Christmas Party Pack, a special Christmas-themed Bonus CD for the world's most popular PC game will hit store shelves across Europe on November 18th. With a PEGI rating of 12+, the game is the perfect stocking filler on your gift list!

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 dinner, witness Santa's arrival and even host a happening New Year's party!

A Christmas Gift That Fits Everyone

The Sims 2 Christmas Party Pack makes a great gift for all your friends and family. The SimsTM franchise is recognised for being one of the few game brands to achieve popularity across all ages and genders. This widespread appeal has resulted in incredible success, with a string of top-selling games and combined sales exceeding 58M units worldwide.

The appeal of The Sims 2 is that the game is whatever you make it! The gameplay experience follows the day-to-day life of the Sims characters that you create and control over an entire lifetime. Players enjoy participating in all the ups and downs of their Sims' lives - from the big events such as falling in love or building their first house to the more sentimental moments such as putting up their family's first Christmas tree and hosting a festive dinner!

Key Features of The Sims 2:

  • Create-A-Sim

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!

  • Aspirations

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.

  • Customisation

Create and control every aspect of your Sims' world from their homes to the community shops or design an entire neighborhood from scratch! 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 such as The SimsTM 2 University and The SimsTM 2 Nightlife, which provide additional experiences for the original game, please visit

About The SimsTM

The Sims franchise celebrated its fifth anniversary in February 2005. The game skyrocketed to the top of the charts when it began shipping to stores in February 2000 and quickly become a pop culture phenomenon. Released exclusively for PC, The SimsTM original product and subsequent 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 including: 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. In 2003, the series broke away from being a PC-only franchise and debuted for the first time on videogame consoles and handheld platforms. The franchise issued The Sims and The Sims Bustin' Out - each of which were met with great success. Combined, these two products have sold more than 8M units worldwide. The Sims 2 for PC shipped in September 2004 and brought fans worldwide a brand new experience with a richer depth of play, deeper emotional complexity and a laugh-out-loud sense of humor. Sales topped 4.5M units worldwide within its first year, making it the best selling PC game of 2004. The first expansion packs for the sequel, The SimsTM 2 University and The SimsTM 2 Nightlife shipped in March 2005 and September 2005 respectively. In Fall 2005, The Sims 2 was released for the videogame consoles. Today, the combined sales for the franchise have topped a staggering 58M units life-to-date. For more information on The Sims 2, visit and for more information on The Sims franchise titles, visit

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 More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at

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