Chertsey, Surrey, 3 October 2005 - Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced it will showcase five Xbox 360TM launch titles at Microsoft's X05 event in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on October 4th and 5th. Xbox 360 games from well-known EA franchises under the EA SPORTSTM and EATM brands that will be available to play include: Need for SpeedTM Most Wanted, FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World CupTM, NBA LIVE 06, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 06 and Madden NFL 06.
"It's a great moment for us to finally put this many EA Xbox 360 launch titles into the hands of enthusiastic gamers for them to really feel what makes these next generation videogames," said Gerhard Florin, EA Executive Vice President and General Manager of International Publishing. "The visual richness and engaging gameplay are just two of the many reasons that gamers all over the world have something to look forward to this autumn with the Xbox 360 launch."
"EA will have our biggest game franchises like Need For Speed, FIFA and NBA LIVE ready for the launch of Xbox 360, so that the first game experience on the new system is unforgettable," said Frank Gibeau, EA Executive Vice President and General Manager of North American Publishing. "This week at X05 gamers will get an early look at the stunning graphics and compelling gameplay that awaits them later this autumn when Xbox 360 ships."
Additional EA titles under development for Xbox 360 include: The GodfatherTM, Battlefield 2: Modern CombatTM and a new title from the BurnoutTM Revenge franchise. Release dates for these titles and additional titles under development for Xbox 360 have not been announced.
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Experience illicit street racing at its best! Need for Speed Most Wanted takes gamers on a wild ride through the world of day-time street racing combined with the intensity of strategic police pursuits. Players can customize any type of car to go bumper to bumper against any class of vehicle including tuners, muscle cars, and exotics. But beware; these in-game police aren't your typical video game cops. They're intelligent and will use a number of real-life strategies and tactics to get you behind bars and your tuned-up car impounded. In Need for Speed Most Wanted for Xbox 360, players will face more intense cop pursuits with a higher volume of police on patrol, as well as more interactive environments and traffic. Gamers will also see the infinite detail that can only be visually achieved on a next generation console in the environments and on the in-game cars. From the dynamic time of day changing from sunrise to sunset, down to the paint flecks on the vehicles, players will live, breath and race through the highly detailed world of Need for Speed Most Wanted.
FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup
EA celebrates its new exclusive FIFA World Cup interactive entertainment partnership with the release of FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup, a game which 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 ever. 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. For the first time you'll see and feel the joy, anguish and pain of 90 minutes of soccer in a videogame. Through the power of HD technology you'll see how the detail of the players is accurately recreated in fine detail. The power of the Xbox 360 truly brings to life 80,000 chanting fans in a stadium and immerses you in the emotional intensity of FIFA World Cup football.
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 PGA TOUR 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 some of the world's greatest golfers like Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Chris Dimarco. With 108 holes of golf on six of the most prestigious courses, all brought to life with realistic and stunning detail, players will experience what it takes to read a severely sloping green at Pinehurst No.2 and sink that critical putt or escape from the waist-deep grass at Carnoustie in Scotland while trying to save par. 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.
Madden NFL 06
Setting the bar for the next generation of gaming, Madden NFL 06 for the Xbox 360 has been built from the ground up to deliver completely redesigned gameplay and the most lifelike football experience ever created. You will feel the true emotion and passion of the NFL, on and off the field, with revolutionary player models and a new graphics engine that provides realistic lighting and visual effects on players, stadiums and fans that have never been seen before. With a full Franchise mode, in-depth online* play and a new play calling and presentation style, Madden NFL 06 will once again deliver the most intense experience as the only authentic and licensed NFL videogame.
More information and screenshots of EA's Xbox 360 launch titles are available at www.info.ea.com.
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, 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 http://info.ea.com.
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