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ELECTRONIC ARTS LAUNCHES STREET SK8ER FOR PLAYSTATION.

Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), Redwood City, Calif., the world's largest interactive entertainment software company, has introduced Street Sk8er, the first PlayStation title exclusively dedicated to skateboarding.

Street Sk8er is an intense high-speed arcade-style game that will appeal to gamers of all types and skill levels, especially those with a voracious appetite for speed, authentic tricks and adventure.

"We are thrilled to say that Street Sk8er is the first title to deliver PlayStation players the ultimate fantasy adventure in skateboarding," said Tarrnie Williams Jr., producer. "Gamers will be able to ollie and grind handrails, all kinds of ledges and benches, launch McTwists off huge ramps and spin 1800's in giant bowls and halfpipes."

The game is set in a variety of rich 3-D street and park-style environments -- the highly detailed street courses offer multiple ramps, rails and stairs, which make the skateboarding experience extremely realistic. Players can get huge air off the ramps or get some sick grinds off the rails. Each course is designed to offer the player the opportunity to exercise and master all of the skating styles and combinations.

Players start off with four characters, then proceed to unlock four additional characters for a total of eight different skaters from which to choose. Each character has a unique set of skills and abilities that differ from those of the other characters, resulting in a wide array of varying gameplay experiences through the game. Additionally, gamers can attempt more than 200 authentic moves and combinations.

Street Sk8er features over-the-top, arcade-style gameplay that revolves around two separate modes: Street Tour and Free Skate. In Street Tour, a competitive event that includes course levels in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo, skaters explore hidden routes as they race against the clock, scoring points for tricks. Blow it and points will be deducted from the total. A minimum point total must be gained in order to advance to the next level.

Skaters are awarded points in bonus rounds in the Halfpipe, Big Air or Bowl events of each Tour stop. Your score then translates into bonus time for your next Street Tour course. Players also discover secret characters and skateboards, while they gain additional character attributes. To reveal more hidden bonuses, they can then play again with the secret characters.

Free Skate allows gamers to navigate and explore the street courses without the timing pressure of the clock. Since there are no time restrictions, the player can seek out new paths and perfect new tricks. Both Street Tour and Free Skate mode can be played during the day, night, or in mirror mode -- where left becomes right and right becomes left.

Additionally, Street Sk8er features a replay mode that includes pause and slow motion options. In essence, the replay mode acts as a tutorial, allowing gamers to closely analyze and improve upon their performance.

The game also features a VS. mode where you can challenge a friend for bragging rights, and throw down on any of the courses to see who really owns the road. Players can choose from 20 custom skateboard decks featuring 1998 deck graphics from Powell Skateboards, as well as custom boards from Eternal Skateboards and Warp Magazine.

Street Sk8er offers a unique soundtrack, which helps give the game added verve and street credibility. Sporting their essential skatewear, gamers will be able to "skate" to the music of many well-known recording artists popular in the skating community. The game will feature songs from Epitaph and Capitol recording artists such as Less Than Jake, Plastilina Mosh, Weston, H20, All, Straight Faced, The Pietasters, I Against I and Gas Huffer.

The game will support one or two players and will feature Dual Shock(TM) support. Street Sk8er was developed by Micro Cabin and is being published by Electronic Arts in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The game will carry an "E" (Everyone) ESRB rating and have a MSRP of $49.95.

More information on Street Sk8er can be found on the EA product web site: http://www.streetsk8er.com.

Electronic Arts, headquartered in Redwood City, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of $1.1 billion for calendar 1998. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for personal computers and advanced entertainment systems.

Electronic Arts markets its products under seven brand names: Electronic Arts, EA SPORTS(TM), Maxis(TM), ORIGIN(TM), Bullfrog(TM), Ltd., Westwood Studios(TM) and Jane's(R) Combat Simulations.

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