Redwood City, CA – January 4, 2006 – Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) announced today that Oscar De La Hoya will serve as cover athlete and spokesman for EA SPORTS™ Fight Night Round 3. Olympic gold medalist, former WBC & WBA super welterweight champion, WBC welterweight and super lightweight champion, De La Hoya is recognized as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and will be featured on the cover of EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 for the Xbox 360™ system and PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system. Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward will grace the covers of the game for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft.
“It’s exciting to be contributing to a project that pushes the popularity of boxing to a new level and to a new audience,” said De La Hoya. “EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 is so realistic anyone can pick up the game and learn about the actual sport while having a fun time doing it. The visuals in the game are so amazing. You can actually see the emotions on my face change throughout the round.”
EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 brings the most intense boxing videogame experience to the virtual ring. Film-quality graphics and innovative gameplay establish EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 as one of the best-looking and playing Xbox 360 sports game on the market.
Developed by EA Chicago, EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 is scheduled to ship in February 2006 for the Xbox 360, PSP, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The game’s official website is www.fightnightround3.com.