EAs The Sims 2 Is Everywhere

From Console Game Systems To Handheld
Entertainment Systems, EA’s The Sims 2 Is Everywhere

The Sims 2—the Best-Selling
PC Game of 2004—Re-defined for Console and Handheld Game Systems and Ships to
Store Shelves Today

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – October 24, 2005 –
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), the world’s leading interactive entertainment
software company, announced that The Sims™ 2 for the PlayStation®2 computer
entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, the Nintendo
GameCube™, the Game Boy® Advance, and the Nintendo DS™, ships to retailers
today. The Sims 2 for the PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) handheld entertainment
system and mobile phones will follow in the weeks to come. Developed by the
award winning EA-Maxis studio, under the EA™ brand, The Sims 2 is everywhere
this fall.

Based on the PC version of The Sims 2, which was
the best-selling PC game of 2004, the console and handheld versions were
re-invented from the ground-up to capitalize on the unique capabilities of each
platform, while maintaining the same creativity and customization considered
core components of the signature Sims experience. Classic open-ended gameplay
allows console and handheld gamers to make the game their own, no matter which
platform they choose!

The Sims games are known for being among the few
games to achieve popularity across all ages and genders, making The Sims 2 a
great gift for anyone from your nephew, to your grandfather to your favorite
aunt, best friend, or kid sister. “Now that The Sims 2 is everywhere, on every
platform from consoles and handheld game systems, to PCs and mobile phones, one
of the most widely-popular games in history is also one of the most widely
accessible!” exclaimed Vice President and Executive Producer, Sinjin Bain, “EA
is thrilled to bring your favorite game to all your favorite systems!”

Console versions:

The Sims 2 for Xbox, the PlayStation 2 console
and Nintendo GameCube provides a blank canvas that you can fill! Create your
Sims, give them distinct personalities, and directly control every move they
make. Customize their world by designing their fashions, creating their food and
building and decorating their homes. Help them achieve aspirations and avoid
fears, as they build a network of friends and even acquire a few enemies! You
can watch their simulated lives play out before your eyes. Choose to explore the
open-ended world or select a story-driven experience that features 60 new
characters and 16 unique locations. The PlayStation 2 console fans can even
spice up their Sims surroundings by importing images into the game with the
Eyetoy® USB Camera. All console versions have been rated T” for Teen by the ESRB.

Handheld Versions:

Handheld versions offer a Sims storyline that
combines a classic Sims experience with the goal-oriented gameplay that handheld
players enjoy. Each handheld version features a different storyline so true Sims
fans might want to collect all three.

Game Boy Advance In the Game Boy Advance version
of The Sims 2, your Sims pursue their 15 minutes of fame. After you finish
creating, customizing, and controlling your Sims’ world, take on the lead role
in the hit television series "One Time in Strangetown". As you unlock and play
each episode of the TV series, explore a new story and characters to uncover the
secrets of Strangetown. Between episodes, participate in all new unique
mini-games such as car and soda commercials. How well you do influences your
Sims ratings. The Sims 2 for the GameBoy Advance has been rated “E10+” by the
ESRB and can be recommended for everyone age 10 and older.”

Nintendo DS In The Sims 2 on the Nintendo DS, you
can explore the wide-open world of The Sims 2 while trying to gain fame and
fortune for your own custom created Sims. Become a real estate mogul building,
customizing and running a hotel in Strangetown. Bring in the cash by keeping
everyone happy and keeping the hotel in good condition. Design the paintings on
the walls of the gallery and record the music in the lounge through touch screen
mini-games. Keep Strangetown’s Sims happy to uncover their hidden secrets. The
Sims 2 for the Nintendo DS has been rated “E10+” by the ESRB and can be
recommended for everyone age 10 and older.”

Upcoming Versions:

The Sims 2 for the PSP handheld system and mobile
phones will release in weeks to come. For more information on those platforms
please visit www.thesims2.com 

For more information, or to find out how the game
will play on your favorite platform, please visit
www.thesims2.com 

About The Sims™

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 become 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™ Livin’ Large, The Sims™ House Party, The Sims™ Hot Date,
The Sims™ Vacation, The Sims™ Unleashed, The Sims™ Superstar, and The Sims™
Makin’ Magic. The Sims 2 shipped in September 2004 with sales already topping 5M
units worldwide, it was the best selling PC game of 2004. The Sims™ 2 University
shipped in March 2005 and The Sims™ 2 Nightlife shipped in September 2005.
Combined sales for the franchise have topped 50M units life-to-date [confirm all
sales numbers are accurate]. 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