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  1. Official Press Release For 'NightFire'

    ELECTRONIC ARTS SHEDS "LIGHT" ON
    JAMES BOND 007: NIGHTFIRE

    New Title To Deliver The Most Complete Bond Game Ever on Multiple Platforms

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 9, 2002 – Electronic Arts unveils plans for its new James Bond game that promises to deliver a complete 007 experience filled with action-packed excitement and intrigue that will leave players shaken… and stirred! James Bond 007: NightFire will take Bond fans higher and deeper than any previous Bond game with breathtaking locations and intense gameplay on multiple platforms. NightFire is currently under development and scheduled for worldwide release in late 2002 for PlayStation2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox video game system from Microsoft and PC platforms.

    NightFire will feature an original single player storyline – written exclusively for the game and borrowing from the rich 007-legacy that spans 40 years. As Bond, players will operate in the snow capped Austrian Alps and the far reaches of outer space as well as underwater in the depths of the South Pacific to defeat the evil criminal mastermind Rafael Drake, the popular head of a supposedly benign environmental organization who secretly is bent on world domination.

    NightFire will offer a deep and rich gameplay experience that epitomizes the Bond universe. The game is primarily seen through a fast-paced, first person perspective. The camera will switch to a dynamic third person perspective for particular interactive game mechanics or to show off heroic Bond moments. NightFire will feature a large variety of missions filled with furious action and stealth, gorgeous women exotic locales, and sophisticated spy-craft gadgetry that Bond fans expect. The console versions will offer action packed driving experiences with a host of exotic vehicles to bring the best Bond-like stunts to life.

    NightFire features more than 10 exotic locations from around the globe and outer space. Each of the mission levels will offer enormous, highly detailed 3D environments that can only be experienced through the eyes of Bond. Level designs challenge players to determine when to blast their way through using high tech weaponry, keenly employ spy-craft tricks and upgradeable gadgets, or stealthily maneuver their way as they accomplish mission objectives and strive for the maximum agent ratings. NightFire will also offer an all-star cast of villains and allies, both new and familiar to the Bond universe.

    Each of the platforms will offer unique features catering to that platform’s audience. For example, the console versions will feature exclusive driving levels – developed by the award winning team behind the Need For Speed racing games – that feature an array of 007-inspired exotic vehicles, including the Aston Martin Vanquish, equipped with weapons and gadgets. The PC game will offer exclusive single player levels for extended excitement and robust multi-player support.

    NightFire for the PlayStation 2 console, Xbox and GameCube is being developed by UK-based Eurocom Entertainment Software. The PC version is being developed by Gearbox Software, based in Dallas, TX. EA will publish and distribute the game worldwide in late 2002 under the EA GAMES brand.

    James Bond was first introduced to movie audiences in 1962 when Danjaq, LLC and United Artists, released Dr. No. The 20th film in the franchise, Die Another Day, is currently in production and scheduled to debut nationwide on November 22, 2002. More information about the films can be found on the official James Bond Web site from MGM at: www.jamesbond.com, or at the Danjaq site at: www.007.com.

    About MGM Interactive

    MGM Interactive, a unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (NYSE: MGM), manages business development and production of interactive products for a variety of multimedia platforms, as well as talent and developer relationships. MGM Interactive's upcoming games include this fall’s latest installment to the James Bond videogame franchise, James Bond 007: NightFire, from Electronic Arts,; Rocky, from U.K.-based Rage, based on the unforgettable Academy Award-winning film; The Great Escape, from SCi, derived from the action-packed cult classic; and The Pink Panther, which casts the world's coolest cat in all-new games from France-based CRYO. For more information about MGM, visit MGM Online at http://www.mgm.com.

    About Eon Productions/Danjaq, LLC

    Eon Productions/Danjaq, LLC is owned by the Broccoli family and has produced nineteen James Bond films since 1962. The Bond films make up the most successful franchise in film history and include the recent blockbuster films, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World Is Not Enough produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Eon Productions is currently in production of the twentieth James Bond Film, Die Another Day, which is due for release in the UK in November 2002. Eon Productions and Danjaq, LLC are affiliate companies and control all worldwide merchandising of the James Bond franchise.

    About Electronic Arts

    Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts (EA) posted revenues of more than $1.3 billion for fiscal 2001. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for the Internet, personal computers and video game systems. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS BIG, EA GAMES and EA.COMSM. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://www.ea.com.

    daniel @ 2002-05-09
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