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Electronic Arts Announces the Simultaneous Release of WCW Mayhem for Both PlayStation and Nintendo 64.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Sept. 23, 1999--

Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), the world's largest interactive entertainment software company, today announced the simultaneous release of its highly-anticipated wrestling title, WCW(TM) Mayhem for both the PlayStation(R) and Nintendo(R) 64 game console systems.

Similar to real-life matches, the game offers fast, action-packed professional wrestling both in and out of the ring. The release of WCW Mayhem marks the first product coming out of the high-profile, exclusive long-term partnership for interactive entertainment game titles between Electronic Arts (EA) and the World Championship Wrestling Inc. (WCW), providers of power-packed family sports entertainment.

"We are very excited about players being able to finally get their hands on the game," says Chuck Osieja, producer at Electronic Arts. "WCW Mayhem truly offers an enjoyable interactive wrestling experience, innovative technological advancements and unique gameplay features that surround fast and furious matches, both in and out of the ring."

Based on the world of the WCW and its well-known roster of professional wrestlers, WCW Mayhem delivers realistic, cutting edge graphics, fast gameplay action, seamless audio presentation and crisp special effects. The game extends beyond the boundaries of the traditional wrestling gaming genre with its unique ability to fight "out of hand and out of the ring." This feature, unavailable in any other wrestling titles to date, provides the player with the opportunity to wrestle in 13 different backstage areas such as garages, locker rooms and bathrooms - all of which are located away from the main event arenas. Each backstage arena action will be initially seen through a black and white security camera that will quickly switch to an actual in-game camera view. Elevating the game's overall excitement is the availability of 12 unique items (i.e., chairs, traffic sign, steel gate, trash can, baseball bat and even a kitchen sink) in both the main event sets and backstage areas that wrestlers can pick up and strategically use against their opponent(s).

Wrestling fans can brawl in 15 different WCW ring sets including the popular Monday Nitro, Thursday Thunder, Saturday Night shows, as well as all 12 WCW Pay Per View (PPV) settings. The PPV mode allows the player to experience an intense four match PPV event simply by entering a valid passcode that can be obtained via the official EA product web site (www.wcwmayhem.com) and WCW web site (WCW.com). Players who enter the code prior to each real-life WCW PPV event can engage in wrestling matches that mirror the actual PPV event for that specific month.

More than 50 top WCW wrestlers, some of whom are hidden characters that must be unlocked, are available in WCW Mayhem. Each of the wrestler entrances is complimented with the music used by their real-life counterparts. In addition, the game features a "create a custom wrestler" option that provides a series of unique physical characteristics, factions, outfits and names from which players can select.

Celebrity WCW wrestlers and commentators featured in the game include: -0-

Alex Wright
Arn Anderson(1)
Bam Bam Bigelow(1)
Barry Windham(1)
Bobby Blaze(1)
Bobby Duncum Jr.
"Beautiful" Bobby Eaton(1)
Booker T
Bret "Hitman" Hart
Buff Bagwell
Chavo Guerrero Jr.
Chris "The Crippler" Benoit
Chris Jericho(1)
Curt Hennig
Diamond Dallas Page
Dean Malenko
Disco Inferno
Doug Dellinger(1)
Eddy Guerrero
Eric Bischoff(1)
Ernest "The Cat" Miller
Goldberg
Hollywood Hulk Hogan
Horace Hogan
Jimmy "The Mouth of the South" Hart(1)
Juventud Guerrera
Kanyon
Kaz Hayashi
Kenny Kaos(1)
Kevin "Big Sexy" Nash
Billy Kidman
Konnan
La Parka
Lash LeRoux(1)
Lex Luger
Lizmark Jr.
"Macho Man" Randy Savage
Mean Gene Okerlund(1)
Norman Smiley
Prince Iaukea
Psychosis
Raven
Rey Mysterio Jr.
Ric Flair(1)
Rick Steiner(1)
Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker(1)
Perry Saturn
Scott Hall(1)
Scott Norton
Scott "Big Poppa Pump" Steiner
Sonny Onoo(1)
Steve "Mongo" McMichael
Stevie Ray
Sting (standard)
Sting (Wolfpac)(1)
Wrath

(1) indicates hidden wrestlers that need to be unlocked


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WCW Mayhem features more than 600 motion captured animations that provide every WCW wrestler character with a unique set of moves, including signature taunts and finishing moves. The game also features more than 8,000 lines of stitched voice over dialogue to help provide seamless, life-like, play-by-play and color commentary from the actual WCW broadcasters, Tony Schiavone; Mean Gene Okerlund and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan (PlayStation only). Helping to further immerse the player in the game are the Artificial Intelligence crowd reactions including an array of chants and cheers or boos based on how the match is going.

As previously announced, EA also plans to release a Game Boy(R) Color version of WCW Mayhem later this year. Similar to its console system counterparts, the game will offer an array of backstage areas including a back alley and locker room, in addition to the main event arena. Players will be able to choose from 12 WCW wrestlers including Goldberg, Hollywood Hogan, Sting, Kevin "Big Sexy" Nash, and so on. WCW Mayhem for the Game Boy Color will be the only wrestling title that offers multi-player link support. Players will be able to connect two machines via the link cable to engage in head-to-head wrestling matches.

Both the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 versions will support up to four players (PlayStation via a multi-tap peripheral). The MSRP for both versions is US$49.95/each. WCW Mayhem was developed by Kodiak Interactive Software Studios. The Game Boy Color version is being developed by Adrenalin Studio, owned by Western Technologies, and is scheduled for release in late fall. Electronic Arts is the worldwide publisher and distributor of all platforms. The WCW Mayhem product web site from EA can be logged on at: http://www.wcwmayhem.com.

World Championship Wrestling is a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company (NYSE: TWX). WCW produces and markets television programs and live events featuring wrestling superstars. Check out WCW's web site at http://www.wcw.com.

Electronic Arts, headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of more than $1.2 billion for fiscal 1999. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for personal computers and video game systems. Electronic Arts markets its products under seven brand names: Electronic Arts, EA SPORTS(TM), Maxis(TM), ORIGIN(TM), Bullfrog(TM) Productions, Westwood Studios(TM) and Jane's(R) Combat Simulations. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://www.ea.com.

Electronic Arts, EA SPORTS, Maxis, Origin, Bullfrog and Westwood Studios are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts in the United States and/or other countries. Jane's is a registered trademark of Jane's Information Group Ltd. World Championship Wrestling and WCW are trademarks of World Championship Wrestling, Inc. and all related logos, characters, names and graphics are trademarks of World Championship Wrestling, Inc. or an affiliated company and are used under license. Hulk Hogan is a trademark of Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc., licensed to World Championship Wrestling, Inc. PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. Nintendo 64 and N64 are trademarks and Game Boy is a registered trademark of Nintendo of America Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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