EA Ships Burnout 3: Takedown for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – September 8, 2004 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced that Burnout®3: TakedownTM, the latest title in the critically acclaimed Burnout series, has begun to ship to retail outlets for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Xbox® video game system from Microsoft®. Named “Best Racing Game of E3 2004” by the Game Critics Awards, Burnout 3: Takedown features a unique aggressive racing concept and a one-of-a-kind special effects engine that delivers spectacular visuals.

With more than 40 different tracks spanning three continents, players can battle in over 70 cars and takedown opponents across a broad range of conditions and environments, as well as experiencing 100 unique crash junctions. Burnout 3: Takedown features highly sophisticated crash technology that recreates high speed crashes with extreme detail and allows the player to use their car as a weapon and takeout rivals, controlling the car even after crashing. Players can race online in seven different modes, featuring up to 6 participants, battling through full oncoming traffic. (PlayStation 2 online play requires Internet Connection, Network Adaptor and Memory Card for the PlayStation 2. Xbox online play requires Xbox Liveâ„¢!)

Delivering an authentic radio experience complete with commentary from DJ Stryker from alternative radio station KROQ-FM in Los Angeles, the in-game soundtrack features more than 40 songs from bands including Jimmy Eat World and Yellowcard.

Developed by UK-based Criterion Games, Burnout 3: Takedown for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox is rated “T” (Teen) by the ESRB and has an MSRP of $49.99. More information can be found on the game’s web site at www.burnout3.ea.com

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts, headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, EA posted revenues of $2.96 billion for fiscal 2004. The company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. In 2003, EA had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. Electronic Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA GAMES™ and EA SPORTS BIG™. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com.

About Criterion Games
Criterion Games, headquartered in Guildford, UK, specializes in developing world class video games for PlayStation 2, X-Box and next-generation consoles. It is the creator of the award-winning driving games, Burnout and Burnout 2, published on the PlayStation 2 console, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢ systems. Criterion Games is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canon UK, and sister company to Criterion Software Ltd, world-leading provider of middleware solutions for the game development industry.