EA will now be publishing Namco's GameCube and Xbox games in Europe.
This publishing deal includes the games Pac Man and Soul Calibur.
EA TO PUBLISH NAMCO’S NINTENDO GAMECUBE AND XBOX GAMES ACROSS PAL TERRITORIES
Chertsey, UK. – August 29, 2002 – Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company, today officially announced plans to publish a number of top franchises for Namco Limited on the NINTENDO GAMECUBETM and the XboxTM video game system from Microsoft across PAL territories.
Amongst the titles included in the agreement are the eagerly awaited Dead to RightsTM exclusive to the XboxTM platform and the return of the successful Pac-ManTM and Soul CaliburTM franchises. The first games are to be released for the upcoming Christmas season.
"Namco has consistently produced some of the strongest brands in our industry," said Frank Sagnier, vice president of EA Distribution in Europe. "We look forward to helping Namco expand their business by bringing new and existing franchises to the Xbox and NINTENDO GAMECUBE consumers in Europe and other PAL territories."
Kevin Yanagihara, Director of Namco Limited, said, "EA's strong presence and market leadership together with their ability to launch major franchises, make them the best choice to help Namco bring these exciting franchises to new platforms."
About Namco Limited
Namco Limited (TSE:9752) is a Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment industry. Committed to providing the ultimate entertainment experience, Namco uses cutting-edge technology and advanced electronics to take their theme parks, arcades, and home video games far beyond traditional entertainment.
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 posted revenues of more than $1.7 billion for fiscal 2002. 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 SPORTSTM, EA GAMESTM, EA SPORTS BIG™ and EA.COMSM. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://www.info.ea.com.