REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 13, 2005--Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS - News) announced today that The Sims(TM) 2 Nightlife, the second expansion pack to the critically-acclaimed PC game The Sims 2, will ship starting today in North America under the EA(TM) brand. The Sims 2, sequel to the best-selling PC franchise, The Sims, swept the world by storm in September 2004 by quickly becoming the fastest selling PC game of all time with sales over 5M units worldwide to date. Developed by the award winning EA-Maxis studio, The Sims 2 Nightlife adds over 125 new objects and all new gameplay elements such as sending your Sims on romantic dates or out on the town with their friends.
The Sims 2 Nightlife introduces the new Pleasure aspiration which allows Sims to lead a life filled with fun and exciting moments. Players will be able to turn their nightlife fantasies into reality while interacting with the new downtown locals and may even run into exotic new characters such as vampires and fortune tellers. To create their ultimate after-dark environment, players will find loads of new objects including a Karaoke machine, poker table, electro-dancesphere and DJ booth. A first for the franchise, cars are available for Sims to head out on the town or to their jobs in style. Also new is the dating gameplay and attraction system which helps Sims scope out the scene for potential love interests. Whether a Sim is destined to find the love of his life or just out for a night of fun, it's sure to be a good time.
"We can't wait to see the stories the players start to tell about their experiences in The Sims 2 Nightlife," said Tim LeTourneau, Sr. Producer. "This pack gives players everything they need to expand their Sims' social life and experience an ultimate night out on the town."
The Sims 2 Nightlife will ship under the EA(TM) brand and is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB. The game will ship on September 13 in North America. The Sims 2 is required to play The Sims 2 Nightlife. For the first time, players will also be able to experience The Sims 2 on PlayStation�2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox� video game system from Microsoft, the Nintendo GameCube(TM), and for all handhelds including the PSP(TM) (PlayStation� Portable) handheld system, the Nintendo DS(TM), the Nintendo Game Boy� Advance and mobile phones later this fall.
For more information on The Sims 2 and The Sims 2 Nightlife, visit http://www.thesims2.com.
About The Sims(TM)
The Sims franchise celebrated its fifth anniversary in February. The game skyrocketed to the top of the charts when it began shipping to stores in February 2000 and quickly become a universal gaming and cultural phenomenon. The Sims PC based product and expansion packs were the best selling PC games of 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. Translated into 17 different languages, The Sims has inspired seven top selling expansion packs. They include: The Sims(TM) Livin' Large, The Sims(TM) House Party, The Sims(TM) Hot Date, The Sims(TM) Vacation, The Sims(TM) Unleashed, The Sims(TM) Superstar, and The Sims(TM) Makin' Magic. The Sims 2 shipped in September 2004 with sales already topping 5M units worldwide. The Sims(TM) 2 University, the first expansion pack to the The Sims 2, shipped in March 2005. The Sims 2 Nightlife is the second expansion pack to The Sims 2. Combined sales for the franchise have topped 45 M units life-to-date. For more information on The Sims 2, visit http://www.thesims2.com and for more information on The Sims franchise titles, visit http://www.thesims.com.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (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(TM), EA(TM), EA SPORTS BIG(TM) and POGO(TM). In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.
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