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EA's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Now Available for Next-Gen Consoles; Players Can Experience Harry's First Year at Hogwarts with Updated Graphics and New Features.

Entertainment Editors/Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 12, 2003

Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS) announced today that the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone(TM) videogame for next-generation consoles has shipped to stores. Harry Potter(TM) fans can now experience the magic of Harry's first year at Hogwarts(TM) with next-gen graphics and updated gameplay, including features, spells, and creatures new to this adventure.

Continuing the successful game design style first used in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets(TM), the graphics and gameplay for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone -- previously available for the PlayStation(R) game console, PC, Game Boy(R) Advance, and Game Boy Color -- are updated for next-generation consoles for an even richer experience. Making the most of new technology, the locations throughout Hogwarts and Diagon Alley(TM) are displayed in spectacular 3D graphics, with faster loading times for game levels. Players can explore exciting new locations in and around Hogwarts and Diagon Alley, such as Hagrid's Garden, Ollivanders Wand Shop, the Restricted Section of the library, and more, and encounter strange new creatures such as the Venemous Tentacula, Devil's Snare, and Mutated Gytrash. Wizarding powers are now enhanced with exciting spell challenges, and a compelling ending to the game adds an entirely different twist -- prepare for an all-new climactic showdown with the dreaded You-Know-Who!

Developed by EA's U.K. Studio, the team behind the worldwide success of EA's library of Harry Potter titles, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is available on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube(TM), and the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft. The game is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB and carries an MSRP of $29.95.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of $2.5 billion for fiscal 2003. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EA GAMES(TM), and EA SPORTS BIG(TM). 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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