ELECTRONIC ARTS AND 3DFX ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
Electronic Arts to Ship Ten New Games With 3dfx Support for the 1997 Holiday Season
San Mateo, CA, September 3, 1997 -- Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), a leading global interactive entertainment software company, today announced it expects to ship ten new computer games for the 1997 holiday season that will feature support for the 3Dfx Voodoo Graphics accelerator chipset.
Don Mattrick, EA's Executive Vice President, North American Studios, said, "The creative landscape offered by 3D technology will profoundly change the gaming experience in the years ahead. By this holiday season, most of the top-selling games will have 3D support. The 3Dfx chipset is by far the leading choice of game designers today." Mr. Mattrick also noted that 3D technology provides significant performance improvements for smoother video and gameplay, and richer, more detailed graphics, providing the consumer with the most realistic interactive entertainment experience possible.
Among the ten EA games to be shipped over the next few months are seven titles specifically optimized for 3Dfx technology:
NBA LIVE 98 is the most accurate representation of NBA hoops because of its superior artificial sports intelligence, second generation polygon players, cool style, original soundtrack, new player movements and controls. NBA LIVE 98, the soul of hoops, immerses game players into the NBA lifestyle like no other basketball product on the market.
Need For Speed II SE A fast, realistic racing simulation game that sports 11 licensed supercars; exotic, international tracks and stretches of road; and multiplayer capabilities, all set in an immersive 3D environment. Need for Speed II - Special Edition builds on the popular Need for Speed brand that encompasses real-life cars in appearance, sound and performance.
NHLŠ 98 The number one hockey game last year returns. NHL 98 features real NHL players that have been digitized into the game to provide authentic 3D animations and player graphics. It includes multiplayer support via LAN and modem.
Wing Commander: Prophecy The next chapter in the epic space combat series pushes the envelope in all ways, including radical new 3D technology, captivating new game design and exciting multiplayer options. There's a heart pounding new plot featuring a new alien menace, with return appearances by Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and Tom Wilson (Back to the Future).
FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 EA SPORTS has meticulously recreated every aspect of the World Cup soccer qualifying experience and event environment in FIFA: Road to World Cup 98. The game combines classic FIFA gameplay with the authenticity of the World Cup license. FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 allows game players to champion one of 172 nations through the preliminary qualifying rounds in one of six international confederations, towards winning the right to play in one of the 30 spots available for the final qualifying rounds in France for the coveted championship.
Nuclear Strike is a sequel to the best-selling Soviet Strike and is making its debut on the PC. The player, a member of an elite, covert military organization, Strike, must complete detailed missions within multiple levels of play in order to neutralize the madman before he unleashes a nuclear weapon on the world, which could trigger World War III. Stunning 3D graphics immerse the player in the action as never before.
Longbow 2 The cutting-edge sequel to 1996's Flight Simulation of the Year, AH-64D Longbow. Longbow 2 delivers an unmatched 3D experience complete with comprehensive multiplayer support, options to fly multiple helicopters, dynamic campaigning, and advanced physics and avionics modeling.
The remaining three titles to be shipped offer 3Dfx support via Microsoft's Direct 3D:
Madden NFL 98 A decade of collaboration between EA SPORTS and John Madden has resulted in the creation of Madden NFL 98, the most advanced interactive football simulation ever produced. Every team and player in the NFL has been meticulously reproduced to give the user as authentic a football experience as possible.
Andretti Racing is the only head-to-head racing game that offers both Indy car and Stock car competition. It features 16 different courses, including four world-class Street and Oval tracks. Detailed 3D animations feature dynamic crashes with flipping cars and flying parts.
Moto Racer is a high-speed arcade style motorcycle racing game set in a detailed 3D environment. There are four road courses and four off-road on which to race. Moto Racer offers three modes of play: practice mode against the clock, single mode against 23 computer opponents, and multiplayer mode which supports up to eight players over a network or four players over the Internet.
"The Voodoo chipset delivers advanced 3D features previously found only in high-end workstation systems and is designed to enable the most realistic interactive game play possible at an affordable price," said Greg Ballard, president, 3Dfx Interactive. "The Voodoo technology accelerates 2D and 3D graphics to produce the ultimate 3D gaming and multimedia experience."
Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), headquartered in San Mateo, California, is a leading entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, EA posted revenues of $625 million for fiscal 1997. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for personal computers and advanced entertainment systems. EA has international subsidiaries in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, and North American development operations in San Mateo, Calif.; Walnut Creek, Calif.; Baltimore, Maryland; Austin, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
3Dfx Interactive (Nasdaq: TDFX), develops high performance, cost effective 3D media processors, software and related technology that are designed to enable a highly immersive interactive and realistic 3D experience across the three primary interactive electronic entertainment platforms - the personal computer, the home game console and the coin-operated arcade system - as well as location-based entertainment systems. Current 3Dfx Interactive products include the Voodoo family of accelerator chipsets, Voodoo Graphics and Voodoo Rush.
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