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Electronic Arts Announces Publishing Agreement with Black Hole Games to Develop Armies of Exigo.. Real Time Strategy Game

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2004--Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), the world's leading interactive entertainment software company today announced that it has signed a publishing agreement with Black Hole Games, a development studio launched by Cinergi Interactive, a subsidiary of the award-winning motion picture production company Cinergi Pictures Entertainment. The new PC title, Armies of Exigo (..working title) is a grand scale fantasy real-time strategy (RTS) that leverages the studio's cinematic expertise and ability to deliver captivating entertainment to a worldwide audience. Armies of Exigo is expected to ship in Fall 2004. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Worlds collide in Armies of Exigo, where the traditional boundaries of the battlefield are smashed and war is waged both above and below the ground. Armies of Exigo locks elves, beasts, knights, and creatures of the darkness in an epic battle for survival where armies can delve deep underground to advance undetected and then tunnel to the surface to unleash powerful attacks on their unsuspecting enemies.

"The team at Black Hole Games is a talented group that has been busy creating industry leading visuals and writing next generation programming code," said Greg Richardson, Vice President of Business Development at Electronic Arts Partners. "We feel that a marriage of their great technology and art with our seasoned production team will result in a fantastic RTS experience."

"We are thrilled to have partnered up with EA, because this union gives us the opportunity to focus on game development and channel our creative energy into producing a hit game," said Alex Rabb, Executive Vice President of Cinergi Interactive. "As an emergent development studio we look forward to the expertise that EA will offer our eager, talented team."


Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of $2.5 billion for fiscal 2003. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EA GAMES(TM), and EA SPORTS BIG(TM). EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.


EA Partners complements the company's extensive portfolio of licensed and wholly-owned game franchises. EA currently has relationships with more than 12 developers and publishers including Digital Illusions, C.E., Buena Vista Games (Disney Interactive), Krome Studios, LEGO Interactive, IO Interactive, Warner Brothers Interactive, Lionhead Studios and regional publishing relationships with companies including NovaLogic, Capcom, NAMCO and Square Enix. In 2002, EA and Digital Illusions, C.E. of Gothenburg Sweden published Battlefield 1942 -- an award winning PC multi-player game that achieved worldwide commercial success.


Founded by Andrew G. Vajna, Cinergi Interactive is a subsidiary of Cinergi Pictures Entertainment Inc. One of the motion picture industry's most experienced and dedicated executives, Vajna's credits as a producer include the box office hits The Rambo series Total Recall, Tombstone, Die Hard With a Vengeance, and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, among others. With the establishment of several development studios, including Black Hole Games, the developer of Armies of Exigo, Cinergi Interactive has now extended its creative power to the production of video game entertainment.

Electronic Arts, EA, EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS BIG, and EA GAMES are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

    CONTACT: Electronic Arts
             Tammy Schachter,  (Corporate Communications)
             Tim McDowd,  (Product PR)
             MHPR for Cinergi Interactive
             Melanie Hodal, 

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