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NHL 2005, the latest installment in the Electronic Arts professional hockey franchise, has hit stores worldwide, for PC, PS2, GC and Xbox. The game features the new Open Ice Control allowing players to execute offensive plays such as Give-and-Go's and breakaway passes or call for a defensive double team with the touch of a button. In addition to all 30 NHL teams, NHL 2005 includes 39 teams from the Swedish, Finnish and German Elite Leagues, as well as 21 International teams.
EA's NHL 2005 Skates into Stores Everywhere Today Top Selling Pro Hockey Franchise is THE Place to Play Hockey this Fall REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 2004--Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS - News) today announced that NHL® 2005, the best-selling professional hockey franchise has hit stores worldwide. Shipped under the EA SPORTS(TM) brand, NHL 2005 delivers top-shelf gameplay that captures the speed, flow and hard-hitting action of pro hockey. Online* gamers will enjoy enhanced features on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and for the first time, Xbox Live(TM) support. NHL 2005 gives hockey fans a chance to play as their favorite teams and players while not able to watch them on TV. New EA SPORTS Open Ice Control allows players to execute offensive plays such as Give-and-Go's and breakaway passes or call for a defensive double team with the touch of a button. A completely overhauled skating engine captures both the explosive speed of offensive skating and the surgical precision of backwards defensive movement. The all-new face-off formations allow the user to be strategic before the puck is dropped. EA SPORTS Dynasty Mode(TM) goes even deeper with a new, easier to navigate interface, and more interactive GM/owner relationships, including a deep new e-mail system. NHL 2005 also delivers all the action of the World Cup of Hockey(TM), with International teams and venues from North America and Europe. In addition to all 30 NHL teams, NHL 2005 includes 39 teams from the Swedish, Finnish and German Elite Leagues, as well as 21 International teams. Developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C., NHL 2005 is available for the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PC. The game is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB. More information can be found on the game's official website at www.nhl05.com. About EA SPORTS(TM) Electronic Arts' EA SPORTS(TM) brand is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world. Its top-selling titles and franchises include Madden NFL Football, FIFA Soccer, NBA LIVE basketball, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®, MVP Baseball(TM), NCAA® Football and NASCAR® racing. The EA SPORTS home page is www.easports.com. About Electronic Arts Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, EA posted revenues of $2.96 billion for fiscal 2004. The company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. In 2003, EA had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. Electronic Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EA GAMES(TM) and EA SPORTS BIG(TM). 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. Internet connection required for online play. Not all features available with all platforms. See www.easports.com or back of product pack for details. Electronic Arts, Dynasty Mode, John Madden Football, MVP Baseball, EA, EA SPORTS, EA GAMES and EA SPORTS BIG are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. NHL and National Hockey League are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and team logos and marks depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. (C) 2004 NHL. All Rights Reserved. Officially Licensed Product of the National Hockey League. National Hockey League Players' Association and NHLPA are trademarks of the NHLPA and are used under license by Electronic Arts Inc. (C) NHLPA. Officially licensed product of the NHLPA. NASCAR, NFL, FIFA, NBA, Tiger Woods, PGA TOUR, MLB and NCAA are trademarks of their respective owners and used with permission. PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Microsoft, Xbox and Xbox Live are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. (TM), (R), and Nintendo GameCube are trademarks of Nintendo. All other car, team, track names, trademarks, and other intellectual property are used under license and are the property of their respective owners.