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EA Ships The Simpsons Game

Electronic Arts Inc. announced that THE SIMPSONS GAME has shipped in North America and will ship in Europe on Nov. 2. Created in partnership with 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising, 20th Century Fox Television and Gracie Films, THE SIMPSONS GAME features an original script created by the TV show's Emmy Award-winning writers and voiced by the original cast from the TV show.

With parodies of the video game industry, pop culture and current events, THE SIMPSONS GAME has the same subversive humor and smart wit as the TV series. Participants join Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie as they battle to break free of the videogame world and save Springfield. Each Simpson has special abilities unique to his or her personality: smash as Homerball, zip-line as Bartman, rally mobs as Marge, or unleash Lisa's Hand of Buddha. With more than 40 minutes of new animated scenes by the show's writers, it's like getting two never-before-seen episodes of THE SIMPSONS.

"The story is the heart of the game," said Matt Selman, SIMPSONS Exec Producer and Head Writer of the SIMPSONS title. "The Simpson family realizes they're living in an actual video game. At first, it's fun having video-game powers. But when life as a game character is harder then they thought, they must break out into the behind-the-scenes world of video games. They must fight their way through parodies of other games in order to achieve their freedom."

Under development by EA's Redwood Shores Studio, THE SIMPSONS GAME is scheduled for release on the PLAYSTATION 3 and PlayStation 2, PSP, Xbox 360, Wii and Nintendo DS. THE SIMPSON GAME has been rated "T" with descriptors of Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Animated Blood, Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor, Language, Suggestive Themes by the ESRB.

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