Baseball Season Starts Early as EA Ships MVP Baseball 2005 Today
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 2005--Opening Day has come early as Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS - News) announced today that MVP Baseball(TM) 2005 has shipped to retailers nationwide and is available in stores under the EA SPORTS(TM) brand. Last year, MVP Baseball 2004 was the #1 selling baseball video game with more than one million copies sold.

Featuring the EA SPORTS(TM) Hitter's Eye, MVP Baseball 2005 gives players unprecedented control of their at-bat including the power to read the pitch and the ability to move in the batter's box. An all-new visual indicator allows hitters to pick up the pitch the moment it leaves the pitcher's hand. In addition, players can use the Pitch/Swing Analysis to review the timing and location of their swings and adjust accordingly.

An all-new Owner Mode enables players to control all aspects of an organization including concession stand prices, promotional days, hiring and firing coaches as well as building their field of dreams. In Create Ballpark, players can customize their stadium by selecting a ballpark name, location, field dimensions and much more.

The addition of 30 Single-A minor league teams (90 minor leagues teams overall), three new mini-games, an improved Dynasty Mode(TM) and all-new unlockable legends, stadiums and uniforms, makes MVP Baseball 2005 the most innovative and authentic baseball simulation ever created.

Online(1) gamers will enjoy enhanced features on the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system, PC-CD and for the first time, Xbox Live(TM) support. Gamers can use custom rosters, send challenges to players with similar rankings and play in traditional or quick tournaments.

Developed in Vancouver, B.C., by EA Canada, MVP Baseball 2005 is available on the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM), and PC-CD. The game is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $29.95. MVP Baseball for the Sony PSP(TM) will ship alongside NBA STREET Showdown, NFL STREET 2: Unleashed, FIFA Soccer, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® and Need for Speed(TM) Underground Rivals in March 2005 when the new handheld entertainment system is released in North America. The game's official website is www.mvpbaseball2005.com. Screenshots of MVP Baseball 2005 can be found at www.info.ea.com.

(1) INTERNET CONNECTION required for online play. Not all features available with all platforms. See full product for details.
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 three brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EA GAMES(TM) and EA SPORTS BIG(TM). In fiscal 2004, EA posted revenues of $2.96 billion and had 27 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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