GENEVA, Switzerland – September 27, 2006 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today its holiday line up of EA and EA SPORTS branded games for the Xbox 360. EA's most popular franchises will be on show at Microsoft's X06 event in Barcelona, offering hands-on next generation gaming for an audience of international media. EA will showcase consumer favorites including FIFA 07, Need for Speed Carbon, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07, NBA LIVE 07, NHL07, Half Life 2 and SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME.
EA's line up harnesses the power of the Xbox 360 technology, combining enhanced game play innovation and authentic animations for a more emotionally-involving gaming experience. Consumers will be able to take full advantage of the capabilities of Xbox Live, whether challenging their opponents in online play or accessing real time integration of sports and news updates while they play their favorite sports games. Marketplace on the Xbox 360 will be the place for consumers around the world to access the newest and freshest digital content from EA, including game demos, product news or video content from their favorite franchises. In October, FIFA fans will be able to download a demo of FIFA 07 prior to the game's worldwide release only through Marketplace on the Xbox 360.
"A year ago the industry inaugurated the next generation of video gaming - this year the next gen gaming experience gets even better", said Jan Bolz, Vice President, International Sales and Marketing, EA. "EA's 360 line up brings the innovation of our creative development teams to players around the world, immersing them in deep, connected game play experiences that truly signal the arrival of a new era of digital entertainment."
Also on show at X06 under the Games for Windows brand will be Rail Simulator.
FIFA 07 on the Xbox 360 heralds the start of the next generation of football gaming with the dynamic new EA SPORTS engine and all-new gameplay. Moving away from the traditional animation-based game engine, raw physics and data now drive the action, creating true-to-life movement, an unprecedented level of responsiveness and the most advanced visuals seen in a football game. For the first time ever the ball is alive with its own independent physics, resulting in truly unpredictable gameplay. Now any type of pass or shot is possible and goals feel natural and unique. The new engine creates a wealth of data, including never-before-experienced real-time player analysis that gives you the power to make real tactical decisions when managing your players. Partner the new engine with the most innovative and extensive online feature sets to date, with 4 v 4 and streaming real world news, FIFA 07 truly blurs the lines between videogames and reality.
NBA LIVE 07
Building upon the depth and authenticity that the NBA LIVE franchise has delivered for more than a decade, this season the game will once again revolutionize basketball gameplay. With new moves that are matched only by the game's stunning visuals, players will be given more control than they ever imagined with the all new EA SPORTS Total Freestyle Control. This year NBA LIVE 07 will partner with the worldwide leader in sports to deliver more ESPN content in-game while you play. Developed at EA Canada, NBA LIVE 07 will be available on the Xbox 360 and Xbox videogame system from Microsoft, the PlayStation3 and PlayStation2, and PSP handheld entertainment system and PC this Autumn.
Need For Speed Carbon
Delivering the next generation of adrenaline-filled street racing, Need for Speed Carbon will challenge players to face the ultimate driving test on treacherous canyon roads. What starts in the city is settled in the canyons as Need for Speed Carbon immerses you into the world's most dangerous and action-packed style of street racing. You and your crew must take on your opponent in an all-out war for the city – risking everything to take over your rivals' neighborhoods, one block at a time. As the police turn up the heat, the battle ultimately shifts to Carbon Canyon, where territories and reputations can be lost on every perilous curve. Need for Speed Carbon delivers the next generation of customization giving you the power to design and tweak your crew's cars in every way using the ground-breaking new Autosculpt technology. Represent your car class, your crew, and your turf in Need for Speed Carbon, a revolution in racing games. Developed by EA Black Box in Vancouver, Need for Speed Carbon will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, and Wii as well as the PlayStation2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, PSP system, PC, and mobile this Autumn.
EA SPORTS originally pioneered the Golden Age of hockey videogames in the 1990s, and this year heralds in the next generation with the most intuitive and authentic hockey experience to date. Powered by advanced gameplay, NHL 07 features new responsive controls and photo-realistic graphics. Players take complete command over every movement on the ice without ever taking their hands off the analog sticks. A revolutionary new Skill Stick system is an intuitive gameplay scheme that delivers an unparalleled sense of on-ice speed and control. Using the left stick to direct the lower body, and the right to control the upper, gamers will reach a level of fluidity only experienced on the ice. Skate into the zone and glide around your defenders while bringing your stick across your body and drawing it back to fire a slapshot – all without touching a button. NHL 07 is available now for the PlayStation2 console, the PSP system, Xbox 360, Xbox and PC.
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07 breaks new ground by offering more content, advanced features and breakthrough technology. In its latest instalment, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07 brings realism and emotion to the golf course like never before, while players see and hear the crowds around them with enhanced playing environments. Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07 is packed with new content, including 21 new courses and 50 golfers on current gen. Course content doubles on the next gen platforms and the all new UCAP technology makes Tiger more realistic than ever. The PSP version allows players to challenge the world's top golfers at home or on the go. Developed by Electronic Arts Redwood Shores, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 07 will launch worldwide in October on the Xbox 360. It is available now in Europe on the Xbox, PlayStation2 console, PSP system and PC and will ship on these platforms across North America in October. A PlayStation 3 console version is scheduled to ship later this Autumn. EA
Half-Life 2 for the Xbox 360 is the entire award-winning single player game together with the first two episodes of the continued story. Research scientist Gordon Freeman finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people – people he cares about – are counting on him.
SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME
SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME challenges players to master Superman's unrivaled powers to save Metropolis. Based on 60 years of DC Comics and the hit motion picture, SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME creates the ultimate open-world super hero experience. As the Man of Steel, you'll hone your unworldly super powers such as Flight, X-Ray Vision and Freeze Breath to fight villains that only Superman can defeat. SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME will be available on the Xbox 360, the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, the PSP system, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance this Autumn.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS, EA, EA SPORTS BIG and POGO. In fiscal 2006, EA posted revenue of $2.95 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.electronicarts.co.uk. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at www.electronicarts.co.uk/press