EA SPORTS will unveil ten titles at E3, including:
Madden NFL 2003
Show off those football skills with Madden NFL Football. In its 13th year, the series is the undisputed leader in authentic NFL football simulation. Its combination of jaw-dropping graphics and animations, realistic player AI, in-depth play modes, and the most innovative features is beyond comparison. New features include Mini Camp, with John Madden's Cruising Tour Bus traveling to all NFL cities to complete skilled tasks, Create-A-Playbook and new commentary from John Madden and Al Michaels. Madden NFL 2003 is scheduled for release in summer 2002 on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the PlayStation, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Xbox video game system from Microsoft, and PC.
NBA LIVE 2003
Packed with action, NBA LIVE 2003 includes totally enhanced gameplay bringing the physical, fast-paced world of the NBA to life. The game includes all-new animations and audio that delivers awesome drama and emotion. In NBA LIVE 2003, players feel, hear and see the action like never before and make their hoop dreams come true. NBA LIVE 2003 will be released on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation and PC in fall 2002.
NASCAR Thunder 2003
Jump into the emotion, sound, fury, and risks of the high-speed, high-drama career of a NASCAR star with NASCAR Thunder 2003. The game lets players feel the adrenaline rush, intensity and passion of being a NASCAR driver on a quest to become a NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion. NASCAR Thunder 2003 delivers a variety of real-life scenarios, complete with dramatic pileups, walls of smoke, and constant door-to-door, three-wide racing all to test players nerves and improve their racing skills. In addition, NASCAR Thunder 2003 lets players build a racing legacy over the course of 20 drama-filled seasons. The title is slated to ship in fall 2002 on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PC.
2002 FIFA World Cup
Win the world's most coveted trophy in 2002 FIFA World Cup. This title promises to capture every moment of glory, every emotion, every sound and every aspect of a truly global event, giving consumers the opportunity to kick off the FIFA World Cup frenzy by playing in the tournament before it begins. Soccer fans will find a whole new world of showboating and quick-tempo, high-impact action, obvious from the first touch of the ball. 2002 FIFA World Cup shipped in April for the PlayStation 2 console, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, and PC.
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2003 (Console Versions)
Combine the competitive pressure of the PGA TOUR with the fun of Sunday golf with your friends and the result is the console versions of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2003. The game is a fast and furious golf experience that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. The game features new, originally designed courses, PGA TOUR and original golfers and all-new street golf that lets you play on city streets and adds challenges that will keep even the lowest handicapped golfer challenged for months. Another new feature, SkillZone, allows players to buy a bucket of balls and compete in a series of mini-games to earn points. Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2003 is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube in winter 2002.
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2003 (PC Version)
Brings golf to life on the PC and snaps it into 3-D, allowing the player to feel the pressure of taking on Tiger Woods as well as some of the top courses in the world. A new course lineup allows play at nine different PGA TOUR courses. The game also includes new effects, so the grass actually grows around your feet as you play, making the rough rougher and the weather effects let you "feel" the sun, rain and chill as the fog rolls in. In addition, there are a few new golfers in the game such as, Ty Tryon and Charles Howell III. Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2003 is scheduled for release on the PC in winter 2002.
Knockout Kings 2003
Lace up the gloves and experience first-hand the thrills of boxing's biggest moments, most devastating combinations, improved mobility, dazzling footwork, crushing blows and the best looking boxers ever. Knockout Kings 2003 is scheduled to ship in fall 2002 on the Nintendo GameCube.
Drop the puck and the excitement begins with NHL 2003 delivering on addictive speed that hockey fans crave. This No. 1-selling NHL interactive video game franchise continues a tradition of excellence in its tenth year. NHL 2003 is the most user-friendly, accessible, entertaining, authentic hockey experience to date. New users can select 'Beginner' mode to get an audio tutorial with cues for a fun NHL 2003 experience. The title also features Game Breaker, 'On the Ice' sound and Dynamic Deke Control that give both new and veteran players the total control, speed, and hard-hitting competition that every sports fan loves. NHL 2003 is scheduled for release in fall 2002 for the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, and PC.
Blast onto the track with F1 2002, the first Formula One game to feature the new 2002 season when it launches. Officially licensed from the Formula One Administration Limited, it features all of the real drivers, teams, cars and tracks from the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship. Available at the start of the new season, it allows the true Formula One aficionado the opportunity to play along as the real life drama unfolds. F1 2002 is slated to ship in spring 2002 on the PC, PlayStation 2 console, and Nintendo GameCube.
NCAA Football 2003
Live the intensity, pageantry and the spirit of college football in NCAA Football 2003. The game celebrates the loyalty and tradition of college football's storied football programs. No other interactive college football game creates the experience of the intense rivalries of college football Saturday's at all 117 Division I-A and 27 I-AA schools across the country. NCAA Football delivers the schools, the unique formations and plays, the band music, the cheerleaders, the mascots -- creating a unique gaming experience that is different from professional football. NCAA Football 2003 is scheduled to ship on the PlayStation 2 console, Nintendo GameCube and Xbox in summer 2002.
Feel the danger in Freekstyle, a new motocross game that dares players to harness the power of their bikes while pulling off sick tricks in insane, over the top worlds. Freekstyle includes a unique cast of characters from the freestyle motocross world such as Mad Mike Jones, Metz and Deegan. Even the former Miss Supercross and TV host Leeann Tweeden saddles up and turns into a throttle junkie. Freekstyle is scheduled to ship in summer of 2002 on the PlayStation 2 console and Nintendo GameCube.
EA will be showing the following 13 titles under the EA GAMES brand:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Take the wheel of a flying car and don't be late for a second term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Based on J.K. Rowling's second book in the worldwide best-selling series, players face a slew of new challenges and mysteries as the famous "Boy Who Lived." EA will be publishing games based on Chamber of Secrets this fall under the EA GAMES brand for the PlayStation 2 console, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, PC, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation and Game Boy Color. Each game will take advantage of the individual platform's hardware capabilities to deliver the ultimate Harry Potter experience, transporting gamers away from the non-magical world into an interactive adventure of wizards and wonder!
James Bond 007 NightFire
Get deep into the excitement and intrigue of the most complete James Bond game yet. In James Bond 007 NightFire, all-new scenarios and gameplay complement a completely original storyline that delivers all-out Bond-style intensity. The game will feature a large variety of missions filled with furious action and stealth, gorgeous women, exotic locales and sophisticated spy-craft gadgetry that Bond Fans expect. Moreover, the game will primarily be seen through a fast-paced, first person perspective, however it will switch to a dynamic third person perspective to show off dramatic interactive moments. Closely timed for release with the 20th theatrical release, 'Die Another Day' from MGM/Danjaq, James Bond 007 NightFire is targeted for release in late 2002 on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PC.
Jump into this multiplayer World War II PC game and find out what action is all about. Battlefield 1942 players are given the ability to control 35 authentic Axis and Allied vehicles from a first person perspective and select from five player classes. Players can choose to heroically storm or defend the beaches of Normandy, direct artillery or command a tank at Kursk, pilot a fighter or operate shore battery at Midway -- all while experiencing some of the most dramatic moments of WWII. Battlefield 1942 for the PC will support up to 64 players. The game is slated for release on the PC in summer 2002. The Xbox version will be available in winter 2002.
Brace yourselves! The No. 1 PC game of all-time is making its console debut. Players can create and control Sims on the PlayStation 2 console with new level-based game play and 3D graphics. Customize your Sim's personality and appearance and move into the neighborhood. Get a job, make friends and advance through your career and life's big moments. Unlock new objects and bigger houses along the way. Meet, flirt and fight with a neighborhood full of wild characters. You can also load your Sims into a friend's game and play two-player games, all new for the PlayStation 2 console. The Sims is scheduled for release in fall 2002.
Build and breathe life into your city with SimCity 4. With god-like powers, players can sculpt mountains, gouge riverbeds, and seed forests to lay the groundwork for their creation. Cities come alive with the hustle and bustle of construction crews, the snarl of traffic and the activity of the Sims. Cap an erupting volcano to save your city, but don't be surprised if lava explodes from another source. If your citizens burst into a panic, throw down barricades and dispatch the police or send the Mayor's limo to quell the mob. With every decision players make, their city and Sims will respond for better or worse. SimCity 4 is slated for release in fall 2002 on the PC.
The Sims Online
Enter a virtual world built from the imaginations of thousands of players in The Sims Online. It is an unpredictable, alternate reality where players can be themselves or whomever they want to be. Players have their own piece of land to do with as they please. Create a house, coffee bar, dance club, theatre or anything imaginable. The Sims Online players can be both spectators and participants. Build a network of friends to enhance their power, wealth, reputation and social standing. Create crazy locations or hold wild events to entertain others. Explore the neighborhoods around you and meet scores of Sims along the way. In this massive and never-ending online world, players become Sims, choose their roles and find their destinies. The Sims Online is slated for release in the second half of 2002.
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2
Engage in the next generation thrill of arcade racing with more than 20 exclusive and exotic cars from the world's most coveted licensors including Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini. Need For Speed is back and better than ever with Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2. The latest version features over 20 courses, some more than 15 miles long, providing the widest variety of driving challenges. A mixture of gameplay modes will challenge every driver, including the all new "Top Cop" and "Be The Cop" modes that let players actually get behind the wheel of a police car and attempt to bust those pesky law-breakers. Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 will arrive on the PlayStation 2 console, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox and PC in late summer 2002.
The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers
Based on New Line Cinema's epic motion picture trilogy, EA's first The Lord of the Rings action adventure game will allow players to take control of the main action heroes from the films, with other members of the Fellowship taking on an active AI role during gameplay. The PlayStation 2 version features dramatic camera views of the action within fully 3D interactive environments taken straight from the big screen. A visceral, tactical combat system will encourage players to be strategic with their selection of characters, weaponry and moves. The first The Lord of the Rings title will be released in conjunction with the second movie in fall 2002.
Medal of Honor Frontline
Head back behind enemy lines with Lt. Jimmy Patterson in Medal of Honor Frontline. Lt. Patterson returns and must use the confusion of the real-world offensive Operation Market Garden to infiltrate the German frontline and steal the HO-IX flying wing, an experimental Nazi weapon so powerful that it could turn the tide of World War II. To help him succeed, Lt. Patterson will have an arsenal of new weapons, ranging from the Springfield Sniper Rifle and Panzerschreck rocket launcher, to the return of the ever-popular Browning Automatic Rifle. Patterson's friends and foes will all have much improved AIs, making for tense and heated large-scale battles, with friends, foes, and even civilians all on screen at any given moment. Medal of Honor Frontline is scheduled for release in summer 2002 for the PlayStation 2 console.
Command & Conquer Generals
Become a powerful general and control massive armies of bleeding-edge military weaponry across a globe teetering on the brink of Armageddon. Prepare your forces, Commander, it's time to engage in the next generation of real-time strategy in Command & Conquer Generals. The game is scheduled to ship in winter 2002 on the PC.
Earth & Beyond
Take command of a starship and enter an enormous persistent galaxy. This massively multiplayer online role-playing game allows players to live star-spanning adventures as they explore, trade and fight with thousands of other players. Earth & Beyond is slated to debut in summer 2002.
1503 A.D.- The New World
Return to the dawn of a new world in an epic saga of adventure and discovery. Players will explore stunningly detailed sixteenth century environments to establish colonies as they seek wealth and power. They'll watch those colonies grow while they create trade and diplomatic ties with neighboring cultures. They'll also engage in combat on land and at sea as they protect their colonies. The depth and pace of this real-time strategy masterpiece will keep players challenged and at the center of the action. 1503 A.D. - The New World is scheduled for release in winter 2002 on the PC.
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger
Sharpen your boomerang and get ready to explore the many regions of the land down under with Ty the Tasmanian Tiger. In the role of Ty, players believe they are the lone remaining Tasmanian Tiger until a chance meeting with a mystical elder who informs Ty that he has living relatives trapped in another world called the Dreamtime portal. This information sends players on an adventurous quest to collect magical talismans that are spread across the game's many environments: the snowy mountains, the Outback or the Great Barrier Reef. Players collect the Talismans and unlock the Dreamtime portal, releasing their fellow Tasmanian Tigers. But traversing across Australian isn't so easy, along the way Ty encounters a large cast of characters, both friend and foe. Ty must outsmart them all, armed with only an array of signature boomerangs and a nasty chomp. Ty the Tasmanian Tiger provides fun for all ages. The game is slated for release in fall 2002 on the PlayStation 2 console and winter 2002 on the Nintendo GameCube.
EA Distribution (EAD) is also co-publishing a multitude of titles that are under development, including:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Balance the adolescent growing pains of a 17-year-old high school student with the responsibility of being the "Chosen One" in this third-person action/adventure game based on the international hit television series. Players take on the role of Buffy Summers, a typical student by day and a fierce destroyer of the undead by night. Buffy the Vampire Slayer combines fighting, action, drama, humor, exploration and puzzle solving in a complex interactive 3D environment. Gamers must defeat vampires and other demonic creatures that threaten the world's existence. It's up to Buffy to save the world from vampires and demons. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is due to ship in summer 2002 on the Xbox. The game is being co-published by EA and Fox Interactive.
Tee up with Mickey, Goofy and friends where players of all ages and abilities can step onto the magical links of Disney Golf, a place where the fun never ends. Disney Golf features six colorful and entertaining courses such as the picturesque landscape of the American West, a plush island paradise and an airy course in the clouds. This game also has many magical hidden secrets such as power-ups to boost characters' duffer skills as well as fun moves like hitting a miracle drive that turns the golf ball into a football. Disney Golf is scheduled to ship in summer 2002 on the PlayStation 2 console. The game is being co-published by EA and Disney Interactive.
GALIDOR: Defenders of the Outer Dimension
Based on the hit FOX Kids TV series, GALIDOR: Defenders of the Outer Dimension puts players into the shoes of Nick Bluetooth who is faced with the daunting task of freeing friends who have fallen into the clutches of the evil tyrant named Gorm. Nick's friends are being held in four realms of the Outer Dimension, each packed with multiple levels of arcade-style gameplay action. Nick is armed with a glinching power allowing him to absorb defeated enemies' attributes. He'll need those attributes as he takes on powerful bosses and other foes throughout the game. GALIDOR: Defenders of the Outer Dimension for the Game Boy Advance will be available in fall 2002. The PlayStation 2 console, Nintendo GameCube and PC games are due for release in spring 2003. The game is being co-published by EA and LEGO.
Get behind the wheel as Max Axel, lead driver of the Nitro team and newest rising star vying for the Championship throne. The Drome is an unfathomably huge race world where competitors charge across three realistic city, mountain and canyon environments. The game's most unique feature is the Multi-Challenge Races. From start to finish the race is a seamless set of different stages, each requiring a skilled pit stop change to have the right car for the next terrain. Racers can choose from 18 dragster, on- and off-road cars, all based on the wildly popular 2002 LEGO Racers Construction Toy Range. Drome Racers will be released in winter 2002 on the PC and PlayStation 2 console. The title is being co-published by EA and LEGO.
BIONICLE: Matoran Adventures
Set around the elementally themed regions of the island of Mata Nui, a tropical paradise, players of this fun hand-held platform game will guide Matoran and Turaga characters on an incredible adventure. Players will face many obstacles and enemies and finally defeat the Bahrag, the great enemy of Mata Nui, and its inhabitants. Bionicle: Matoran Adventures for the Game Boy Advance is scheduled to ship in fall 2002. The game is being co-published by EA and LEGO.
Mace Griffin Bounty Hunter
Speed, agility, stamina and accuracy are all key elements in the bounty missions players undertake in Mace Griffin Bounty Hunter. The player will assume the role of Mace Griffin, a futuristic Special Ops officer, while seamlessly transitioning between first person combat and space flight action. Against a backdrop of corporate, political and religious intrigue, Mace Griffin is framed for being involved in his comrades' deaths. After spending time in prison, he becomes a Bounty Hunter, a vocation that gives him access to classified information and a means to aggressively pursue his search for the people who framed him. Mace Griffin Bounty Hunter for the PC is slated to hit store shelves in fall 2002. The PC game is being co-published by EA and Crave Entertainment.
The Simpsons Skateboarding
Grab your board and jump into the action with everyone else in Springfield who is vying for the top spot and colossal $99 prize in the Annual Skate Tour. The entire town has gone skate crazy on the half-pipes, ramps and rails. The game features nine recognizable characters such as Bart, Homer and Krusty. Each character has his/her own tricks, personality and dialogue. Players can go for broke in five, fast and furious modes played out all over Springfield in this arcade skateboarding title. The Simpsons Skateboarding is scheduled for release in summer 2002 on the PlayStation 2 console. The game is being co-published by EA and Fox Interactive.