REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 7, 2005–Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced that EA SPORTS(TM) Rugby 2005 is under development as the newest ongoing franchise in the EA SPORTS(TM) lineup, heralding the sport’s emergence as a global phenomenon. The game, which features a host of gameplay and graphical upgrades, will deliver an authentic rugby experience and is scheduled for release in spring 2005 for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(R) videogame system from Microsoft, and the PC.
“EA SPORTS is committed to making the most complete and authentic rugby game possible,” said Andrew Wilson, producer of the game. “By leveraging our sports technology and experience to create EA SPORTS Rugby 2005, we feel we can grow a successful interactive franchise for one of the fastest growing sports in the world.”