Chertsey, UK, September 27, 2004 - Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS - News), today announced that, based on internal data, The Sims 2TM sold more than one million copies at retail stores worldwide within the first ten days - the biggest PC launch in EA's 22-year history.
"The Sims franchise has become a cultural phenomenon and The Sims 2 is a game that changes the way we think about our industry," said Gerhard Florin, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Electronic Arts Europe. "The game has sold one million units worldwide in its first ten days at retail - more than fifty percent of those games were sold in Europe."
The Sims 2 kicks off a diverse lineup of EA GAMESTM branded titles for release including Burnout® 3: TakedownTM, which is available now, and coming later this year Def Jam® Fight for NYTM, Medal of Honor Pacific AssaultTM, GoldenEye: Rouge AgentTM, The Lord of the RingsTM, The Third AgeTM, The Lord of the Rings: The Battle For Middle-earthTM and the follow up to 2003's global best selling game, Need For SpeedTM Underground 2.
The SimsTM franchise also will deliver a new console game this November to its loyal fan base, The UrbzTM: Sims in the CityTM. For the first time, The Sims are moving to the city and it's all about building your reputation. Players will be able to unlock nine different districts in the city that never sleeps and gain access to all the hottest VIP spots while interacting with The Black Eyed Peas. The soundtrack to the game includes nine exclusive re-recorded music tracks from The Black Eyed Peas all in Simlish - the game's quirky language. The Urbz: Sims in the City will be available early November for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCubeTM and Nintendo Game Boy® Advance.
About The Sims 2
In The Sims 2 players for the first time are able to control their Sims over an entire lifetime. Through the new aspiration gameplay, every choice that is made has a relevant and dramatic effect on the life of a Sim. With the ground-breaking addition of genetics, Sims now pass their DNA down through generations giving them a more vivid and in-depth Sims experience all in a 3D world. Players are now able to generate unique Sims with the new Create-A-Sim, packed with a vast selection of facial features, hairstyles, and outfits and build dream homes and design neighborhoods with new building, design, and home furnishing options. It's up to the player to take their Sims from the cradle to the grave, fulfill their dreams and push them to extremes.
About The SimsTM
The Sims franchise celebrated its fourth 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 House Party, The SimsTM Hot Date, The SimsTM Vacation, The SimsTM Unleashed, The SimsTM Superstar, and The SimsTM Makin' Magic. Combined sales for the franchise have topped 41 million units life-to-date. For more information on The Sims franchise titles, visit http://www.thesims.com.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, EA posted revenues of $2.96 billion for fiscal 2004. The company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. In 2003, EA had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. Electronic Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTSTM, EA GAMESTM and EA SPORTS BIGTM. EA's homepage and online game site is www.electronicarts.co.uk/press. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://www.electronicarts.co.uk
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