REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 28, 2005--Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS - News) announced today that The Sims(TM) 2 University, the highly-anticipated expansion pack to the best-selling PC game The Sims 2 will ship starting today in North America under the EA GAMES(TM) brand. In September 2004, The Sims 2 shipped as the next generation sequel to the best selling PC game of all time, The Sims(TM). The Sims 2 skyrocketed to the top of the charts quickly becoming a blockbuster hit among its fans and critics. As the first expansion pack for this PC phenomenon, players will be able to take their Sims and live out their ultimate college fantasy. Developed by the award-winning EA Maxis studio, The Sims 2 University will introduce a new young-adult stage of life, 4 new career paths, new influence gameplay and over 125 new objects.
The Sims 2 University allows players to explore a whole new stage of life as young adults and introduces college-related wants and fears that are ultimately tied to their Sims' social life and academic goals. Join a secret society, pledge a sorority or fraternity, or even join a band and see if your Sims will become the big Sim on campus. The Sims 2 University also introduces influence gameplay allowing players to earn influence points to have other Sims do certain tasks for them such as homework, term papers, cleaning up the fraternity house or even pulling pranks on other Sims. Players will be able to choose from one of 11 majors and open up 4 new career paths while exploring new campus locations such as college lounges, pool halls, gyms and coffee houses.
"We've wanted to give our players the opportunity to experience University life for a long time, going back to expansion packs for The Sims," said Tim LeTourneau, Senior Producer at Electronic Arts. "With The Sims 2 players can take their Sims thru a lifetime, and with The Sims 2 University Expansion Pack players are finally able to take their Sims through this new young adult lifestyle and immerse them into the fun college years."
The Sims 2 University will ship under the EA GAMES(TM) brand and is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB. The game will be in stores on March 1 in North America and starting March 11 in Europe. The Sims 2 is required to play The Sims 2 University.
For more information on The Sims 2 and The Sims 2 University, 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 became 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. Combined sales for the franchise have topped 45 million 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 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.