Electronic Arts Announces its Lineup for the Electronic Entertainment Expo.
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REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2000
World Leading Interactive Entertainment Publisher to Debut
Seven PlayStation 2 Titles on the Show Floor
Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), the world's largest interactive entertainment software company, today announced its Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) lineup of 16 titles that appeal to a wide array of new and seasoned gamers.
Leading Electronic Arts' (EA) new crop of titles are seven PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system games that are expected to dazzle consumers. The titles will be marketed under EA's new unified branding strategy that aids consumers and retailers by grouping EA SPORTS(TM) and EA GAMES(TM) with a common and easy to recognize logo treatment.
"Our lineup of PlayStation 2 titles on the show floor will underscore EA's position as the world's premiere developer of interactive entertainment industry," said John Riccitiello, president and chief operating officer at Electronic Arts. "Consumers are going to stop dead in their tracks when they see what the new technology does for their favorite games like Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer and James Bond -- The World is Not Enough. Games like NASCAR racing and Knockout Kings Boxing are so real you have to blink to make sure you're not watching a televised event."
"EA's PlayStation 2 titles will deliver top-notch gameplay combined with intoxicating graphics," said Don Mattrick, president of worldwide studios at Electronic Arts. "Our development teams spent thousands of hours creating the coolest content that consumers will see this year. Madden NFL allows gamers to zoom in for incredible detail like the hair and veins on the arms of their favorite players. In The World is Not Enough, James Bond fans will get fast, fluid gameplay and real emotion on the faces of cyber Bond and Christmas Jones."
In addition to EA's powerful line-up on the PlayStation 2, the company will extend its successes on the PC with a number of new titles. EA will launch new properties including American McGee's Alice(TM) and will take the popular Command & Conquer and "Sim" franchises into new directions with Command & Conquer Renegade(TM) and SimsVille(TM).
EA Takes the Lead in Developing Games for PlayStation 2
PlayStation 2 console titles to be shown include:
Madden NFL(TM) 2001 -- The Madden franchise is back with incredible elements that add a new dimension to this classic title. New additions include: player models that offer a deeper level of detail, an exclusive NFL Coaches Club license where coaches offer strategies for a game, fresh defensive controls, enhanced audio and play-by-play, player specific touchdown victory dances, and a new interface making the game easier to navigate. At E3, the game will also be shown on the PlayStation(R) and PC. Madden NFL 2001 is slated for release on the above platforms and Nintendo(R)64 in fall 2000.
The World Is Not Enough -- based on MGM's blockbuster film of the same name, this will be the first James Bond title for the platform. Players take the role of the world's most famous secret agent progressing through the game's more than 10 movie-based missions equipped with an arsenal of more than 40 Q-lab gadgets and weapons. In addition to the PlayStation 2 console, The World Is Not Enough will also be shown on the PlayStation, Nintendo 64 and PC. The game is scheduled for release in late 2000.
SSX -- based on the new extreme sport called Boardercross, SSX combines high-speed snowboard racing with insane big air tricks on what is best described as an exaggerated snow covered motocross track, resplendent with jumps, steep turns, tunnels, and hidden short cuts. Six racers are pitted against each other, but only one dominates. The title is scheduled for release in fall 2000.
FIFA Soccer World Championship -- the first EA SPORTS title to ship for the PlayStation 2 console, FIFA Soccer World Championship features startling graphics that are designed specifically for the PlayStation 2 console to bring to life the on-field experience, through highly detailed facial animations, high-resolution player models and dynamic player and stadium lighting. Players run in and out of the shadows as they move up the field while the animated crowd waves flags and chants wildly. Taking full advantage of the advanced capabilities of the PlayStation 2 console will be an intuitive and responsive Artificial Intelligence (AI). Fully rendered characters, a plethora of new animations, improved motion blending and more frames per second than ever before bring the game to life. The title will be released in Japan in spring 2000.
NASCAR 2001 -- a great racing game with tough competitors and exciting NASCAR action. NASCAR 2001 is designed for next generation technology with stunning graphics and visual effects, thundering sound, and ultra-competitive AI. The game features more than 30 drivers and cars and 14 official NASCAR tracks. NASCAR 2001 game is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation consoles in spring 2001.
Knockout Kings(TM) 2001 -- the industry's best-selling boxing game will defend its title this year by featuring the best men and women in boxing, all with motion captured movements and unique fighting styles. Among the game's other features are new ways to throw and control punches, an enhanced career mode, better footwork and quicker punching and boxing moves. Knockout Kings 2001 is slated for release on the PlayStation 2 and the PlayStation consoles in early 2001.
X Squad(TM) -- one of the first 3D action adventure games for the new platform, the game is set in 2037. The player leads a team of skilled soldiers on a quest to conquer a radical bio-terrorist threat that has spread a plague on a major metropolitan area. Armed with futuristic weapons, players fight their way through a stellar array of cityscapes, underground subways and dark sewers to restore justice. X Squad is slated for release in fall 2000.
More EA titles in the Pipeline for The PlayStation 2 Console
Additional PlayStation 2 titles under development, but not being showcased on the floor at E3 include:
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R) 2001 -- delivers a realistic golf simulation for cyber golfers and an emotion filled 18 holes. In addition to playing as or against Tiger Woods, game players can compete as or against top PGA TOUR pros including Mark O'Meara, Justin Leonard, Brad Faxon, Lee Janzen, Mark Calcavecchia, Stewart Cink, Robert Damron, Stuart Appleby and Steve Stricker. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001 is slated for release on the PlayStation 2 console, the PlayStation console and PC in fall 2000.
NHL(R) 2001 -- a real hockey experience where competitors can play with or against all 30 National Hockey League(R) teams, plus 20 international teams. The game features real player physics and new motion capture moves. It also delivers new checks, shots, and skate cycles for an authentic NHL experience. NHL 2001 is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 2 console, the PlayStation console and PC in fall 2000.
SimTheme Park(TM) -- using the power of the PlayStation 2 console, SimTheme Park takes a massive stride beyond the PlayStation. Players can wander through the theme park they create, entertain themselves with the sideshows and actually ride the bloodcurdling five-loop roller coaster they've built. Or they can take a stroll through the park and explore their creation from the visitor's perspective. SimTheme Park for the PlayStation 2 console is slated for fall 2000.
EA Posts Strong PlayStation Lineup
PlayStation titles to be shown include:
Medal of Honor Underground(TM) -- the next chapter of the popular WWII game puts players in the role of a young member of the French Resistance who is on a mission to liberate her countrymen and free her nation from the enemy. The game gives players a sense of the courage it took to survive in occupied France with D-Day four long years away. Players are armed with an arsenal of weapons to battle tanks, half-tracks and Gestapo thugs across Europe and North Africa. The title is slated for release in fall 2000.
NCAA(R) Football 2001 -- the road to the NCAA National Championship leads to FedEx(R) Orange Bowl in Miami and NCAA Football 2001 is the only way gamers can get there. New Advanced Player Control allows players to perform the same All-American moves as the actual collegiate stars. Players can also see where they rank in the Bowl Championship Series poll and add junior college transfers to beef up their roster. In addition to the Orange Bowl, NCAA Football is the only college football game to feature the Nokia Sugar Bowl and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. NCAA is scheduled for release in fall 2000.
EA Delivers Sports, Action and Adventure to the Personal Computer
PC titles to be shown include:
American McGee's Alice(TM) -- a thrilling and distinctive rendition of the classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The game puts the player in the role of a resourceful Alice, reborn to handle the challenges of a sinister Wonderland. The game blends familiar fiction, cutting-edge 3D technology stunning graphics and sound and highly interactive levels that feature fierce action and creative puzzles. The title is slated for release in late 2000.
Black & White(TM) -- an adventure game of sorts where players take the role of a deity in a world where the surroundings are his to shape and its people are his to lord over. Players can raise a creature to gigantic proportions and teach it to do their bidding, the player decides whether he grows into an evil being or a gentle giant. Players progress through the storyline using powerful spells and battle other deities to reign supreme. The title is slated for release in winter 2000.
Command &Conquer Red Alert(TM) 2 -- a sequel to the three million selling, award-winning multiplayer, real-time strategy game Red Alert. This game brings players back to the alternate universe of Red Alert with an onslaught of new units, tactics and strategies. As in the original, gamers can choose to lead Soviet or Allied forces. Both sides are well-armed with conventional weapons and experimental technology, including Tesla weapons, Chrono weapons, weather control devices and psychic warriors. The game is scheduled for release in fall 2000.
Command & Conquer Renegade(TM) -- the world of Command & Conquer is brought to life in a 3D action game. Players will take on the role of the commando Havoc, the one-man army made famous in the original Command & Conquer strategy game. Players will wage war against the diabolical Brotherhood of Nod using not only a vast array of weapons but also more than a dozen vehicles from the Command & Conquer universe. Players can zip around on a rocket bike, fry enemies with a flame tank or throw down death from above in an Orca Fighter. The game is slated for release in winter 2000.
SimsVille(TM) -- an all new Sims game experience that gives players the power to create and control a hometown for their Sims. Players build a living community where they can explore and influence the lives of the Sims who make it their home. Players can create a town by constructing individual homes, shops and other businesses and populate the town with families, following them through their daily lives as they work, shop, play and make friends. The title is slated for release in 2001.
The Sims(TM) -- Livin' Large -- the official expansion pack for 2000's most talked about PC game. With 200 new game elements -- from a misfit Genie in a bottle to the Grim Reaper -- five new career tracks and three new architectural and decor styles, the game gives players the power to see what happens when they put their Sims into all new outrageous settings and situations. The title is expected to ship in fall 2000.
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2001 -- delivers a realistic golf simulation for cyber golfers and an emotion filled 18 holes. In addition to playing as or against Tiger Woods, game players can compete as or against top PGA TOUR pros including Mark O'Meara, Justin Leonard, Brad Faxon, Lee Janzen, Mark Calcavecchia, Stewart Cink, Robert Damron, Stuart Appleby and Steve Stricker. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001 is slated for release on the PlayStation 2 console, the PlayStation console and PC in fall 2000.
NHL 2001 -- a real hockey experience where competitors can play with or against all 30 National Hockey League teams, plus 20 international teams. The game features real player physics and new motion capture moves deliver new checks, shots and skate cycles seen in the game. NHL 2001 is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 2 console, the PlayStation and PC in fall 2000.
Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), headquartered in Redwood City, 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 eight brand names: Electronic Arts, EA SPORTS, Maxis(TM), ORIGIN(TM), Bullfrog Productions(TM), Gonzo Games(TM), 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.
Note to Editors: Electronic Arts, EA SPORTS, EA Games, Maxis, Origin, Bullfrog Productions, Gonzo Games, Westwood Studios, John Madden Football, Knockout Kings, X Squad, SimTheme Park, Medal of Honor Underground, American McGee's Alice, Command & Conquer, Red Alert, Command & Conquer Renegade, Simsville and The Sims are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Jane's is a registered trademark of Jane's Information Group Ltd. Black & White is a trademark of Lionhead Studios. James Bond is a trademark of Danjaq, LLC. NFL, FIFA, NASCAR, Tiger Woods, PGA TOUR, NHL, National Hockey League and NCAA are trademarks of their respective owners and used with permission. PlayStation is a registered trademark and PlayStation(R)2 is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Nintendo(R) 64 is a trademark of Nintendo of American Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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