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Electronic Arts® and Thrustmaster® Announce An Exclusive Partnership

by Rainier on Sept. 5, 2001 @ 6:55 p.m. PDT

Electronic Arts® and Thrustmaster® have joined forces to bring together the best elements of software and hardware for the Sony PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, to give gamers the ultimate gaming experience.
Electronic Arts® and Thrustmaster® have joined forces to bring together the best elements of software and hardware for the Sony PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, to give gamers the ultimate gaming experience. An exclusive bundle has been developed, comprising the highly anticipated F1 2001 computer game officially licensed by FOA Ltd and the Ferrari® licensed Force Feedback GT Racing Wheel.

Electronic Arts® & Thrustmaster® have shared experience, knowledge and innovation from their respective fields to propose this unique offer. The two companies have worked together to ensure that both the game and the wheel use the Force Feedback technology now available on PlayStation 2 to its full extent.

“We’ve put considerable resources into implementing the most exciting Force Feedback effects on F1 2001 for the PlayStation 2, to make the best of the Thrustmaster Force Feedback GT Racing wheel licensed by Ferrari.” says James Deverill, EA’s European Product Manager for F1 2001. “Formula One fans will be able to push the gaming experience on the PlayStation 2 to its limits.”

“The player will experience the most realistic Formula One driving sensations ever proposed in the console’s history while playing F1 2001 with the Force Feedback GT Racing Wheel,” says Gilles Raulet, Thrustmaster Marketing and Production Director. “We are delighted to partner with the world’s leading independent videogames publisher Electronic Arts to offer this exclusive bundle to the Formula One enthusiast on PlayStation 2.”

The F1 2001/Force Feedback GT Racing Wheel bundle will be commercially available on 28th September 2001 for a suggested retail price of £109.99.

About F1 2001 from EA Sports :

Battle for position at every sweeping bend, high-speed straight and hairpin turn within the world's most glamorous sporting arena. From Monaco to Monza, take on the most intelligent and daring racers to hit the Formula One circuit. The circuit comes to life with fully interactive pit stops, roaring crowds, a buzzing grid, driver animations, and a full spectrum of driving conditions, including torrential downpours and other mid-race weather changes. Officially licensed by Formula One Administration Ltd, F1 2001 is poised to offer the most exciting and engrossing Formula One gaming experience yet.

F1 2001 will be available from EA SPORTS for Playstation 2 and PC in Autumn 2001.

About Thrusmaster® Force Feedback GT Racing Wheel :

More than 20 extraordinarily realistic racing effects (road texture, road side, left/right shocks…) available, plus double injected rubber texture, Formula One gearshift levers as adopted by Ferrari® and powerful motors.

About Electronic Arts :

Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of more than $1.4 billion for fiscal 2000. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for the Internet, personal computers and video game systems. Electronic Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA GAMES™ and EA.COMSM. More information about EA’s products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at our web site.

About ThrustMaster :

Founded in 1992, ThrustMaster® has acquired a reputation for designing and developing the ultimate in flight simulation and motor sports equipment accessories. Thanks to its extensive technological and marketing expertise, ThrustMaster® is able to provide a complete range of accessories for the PC and console video game markets, and soon peripheral devices developed with the XboxTM license. Additionally, licensing agreements with prestigious brands such as Ferrari, NASCAR, Top Gun and a close cooperation with the US Air Force enable Thrustmaster to offer innovative and perfectly-adapted gaming accessories to the international gaming community. ThrustMaster has been part of Guillemot Corporation since 1999. Guillemot Corporation designs and manufactures a complete range of PC hardware products and gaming console accessories. With an active presence in 17 countries, the group currently distributes its products in a total of 45 countries. Guillemot Corporation is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, Sicovam code 6672. For further information, please visit our web site.

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