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EA Marks Release of Black & White 2 & 2006 FIFA World Cup

Electronic Arts has marked the release of BLACK & WHITE 2: BATTLE OF THE GODS and 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP.

Developed by UK-based Lionhead Studios, BLACK & WHITE 2: BATTLE OF THE GODS has begun to ship to retail outlets and the EA downloader at www.downloader.ea.com.

The BATTLE OF THE GODS expansion pack for BLACK & WHITE 2 offers players a host of new challenges in a darker, more sinister game world. In the expansion pack, players return to Eden where something strange has happened the Aztecs have raised their own evil deity, which must be confronted head-on for control of the land. Players have the freedom to choose how they will rise to this new challenge by countering the evil deitys actions with good deeds or attempting to defeat him with extreme evil.

BLACK & WHITE 2: BATTLE OF THE GODS features a brand new creature, two new lands and four new miracles, for hours of expanded gameplay. An all-new enemy unit AI system enhances the battle experience, and players will have to watch out for two new enemy armies and their ultimate weapon: the new enemy creature. Six new challenges and other new content are also available for players to explore.

BLACK & WHITE 2: BATTLE OF THE GODS is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB and sells for $19.99. The expansion pack requires the full version of BLACK & WHITE 2. For more information, visit www.blackandwhite2.ea.com.

In addition, Electronic Arts started to ship the 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP game to stores around the world. The events only officially licensed videogame has developed enhanced gameplay attributes and graphics that bring to life close to 100 superstars.

Along with the release of 2006 FIFA World Cup, EA and FIFA announced the extension of their long-term partnership, making EA the worldwide and exclusive FIFA Licensee for soccer action simulation, manager and arcade-style games across all console platforms, PC, handheld platforms, mobile phones and online formats.

Renewing our strategic partnership with FIFA will enable us to continue to deliver the most authentic football titles to fans who have helped to make our FIFA games the most successful football videogame franchise in the world, said EAs Gerhard Florin, evp/gm for International Publishing.

In 2006 FIFA World Cup, users step into the heart of the action as they play their favorite team or most loathed opponent. Gamers experience the 12 official stadiums as they take their team from qualification to glory. In addition to taking control of one of 127 national teams, players will enjoy groundbreaking new play modes. Global Challenge tests even the biggest soccer fanatic by recreating classic moments in FIFA World Cup history with modern teams. True champions can challenge their friends in eight-way multiplayer matches and take advantage of tremendous in-game un-lockable content such as legendary players and exclusive licensed football apparel.

2006 FIFA WORLD CUP, developed by EA Canada under the EA SPORTS brand, ships for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Xbox 360, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, PC and mobile. It will ship on the PSP in May. The game is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB and has a PEGI rating of 3+.

Electronic Arts Inc. (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, EA, EA SPORTS BIG and POGO. In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. More information can be found at info.ea.com.

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