NCAA Basketball 09 from EA Sports Ships to Stores Today

November 17, 2008

Basketball 09 from EA Sports Ships to Stores Today

Experience All-New Game Tempo
Control, Authentic College Atmospheres and EA SPORTS ESPN Classic Tournament of

Electronic Arts Inc. announced that
NCAA Basketball 09 ships to retailers today in North America, delivering a
college basketball experience that captures the emotion, intensity and
atmosphere of a real college basketball game. Featuring former UCLA star Kevin
Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves on its cover, NCAA Basketball 09 showcases a
new, strategic college basketball gameplay experience that challenges gamers to
replicate their school’s style of play and set the game tempo to win.

Experience the electricity of game
night with the band playing fight songs, the student section leading the cheers
and ESPN college basketball broadcasters Dick Vitale, Brad Nessler and Erin
Andrews providing the commentary. Whether your school plays up tempo looking to
push the ball in transition, runs a half-court offense that utilizes the clock
and limits possessions or features a balanced attack that combines transition
offense with set plays, NCAA Basketball 09 rewards the strategic gamer and
emphasizes team specific styles of play.

Dream match-ups are a reality as
NCAA Basketball 09 enables you to replay classic games in college basketball
history in the EA SPORTS ESPN Classic Tournament of Legends — 64 of the
greatest college teams from every era placed into the ultimate bracket and to
determine who takes home the crown.

This year on the Xbox 360 and the
PLAYSTATION 3, NCAA Basketball 09 will operate on a new gameplay engine with
over 1,000 new animation sequences that deliver a more responsive experience
with improved ball physics and more intelligent AI. The new animation system
enables gamers to apply pressure defense with new full-court presses and traps.
Plus, improved AI and animations enable quicker players to get up and down the
floor faster and make better decisions running the lanes and driving to the rim.

NCAA Basketball 09 is in development
at EA Canada in Burnaby, B.C. It is also available on the PlayStation 2. The
game is rated “E” for everyone by the ESRB. To learn more about the game visit