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The Sims14 November 01 Press Release
Add-on Disk to 2000 and 2001’s Top-Selling PC Game Gets Sims Out of the House

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – November 14, 2001 – Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) today announced the release of The Sims™ Hot Date Expansion Pack, the new add-on disk to the top-selling PC game of 2000 & 2001, The Sims™. The Sims Hot Date Expansion Pack represents an entirely new experience for The Sims—dating! Play matchmaker to the Sims and watch the sparks fly or fizzle. For the first time ever, Sims will be able to leave their homes and visit an all new downtown area that will give them a place for a romantic rendezvous or to just hang out with a friend. Send your Sims out to a dinner for two at the swankiest restaurant in town, a fun-filled picnic in the park or a leisurely stroll down Main Street. Will your Sims find true love or be destined to a lifetime membership in the lonely-hearts club?

“A longtime desire of players has been to get their Sims out of the house,” said Tim LeTourneau, Producer at EA’s Maxis™ studio. “Hot Date gives The Sims a chance to get off the couch, travel to new locales, and try their luck at the dating game.”

Players can take their dream dates to an all-new, fully-customizable downtown area filled with shops, restaurants and parks. They can also invite neighbors and friends to meet at these new locales as well.

With over forty new social interactions, The Sims can flirt, play footsie, make out, gossip about the couple at the next table or chat in Simlish about new and diverse interests …whatever it takes to keep sparks flying on their dates.

Over 125 new objects, including the Picnic Basket, Love Tub, Cuddle Couch and Lover’s Swing, allow players to set the perfect mood for their Sims. Find your Sim a soul mate…or have fun trying with The Sims Hot Date.

The Sims’ unparalleled success has already inspired the creation of two add-on packs, The Sims Livin’ Large which shipped in September 2000 and The Sims House Party which shipped April 2001. The Sims Livin’ Large allows players to put their simulated families from The Sims into new extreme situations and settings and The Sims House Party gives players the chance to host outrageous parties for their Sims.

The Sims, the wildly popular game that allows players to create a neighborhood of simulated people known as “Sims” and control their lives, skyrocketed to the top of the charts when it began shipping to stores in February 2000. Translated into 13 different languages, The Sims has quickly become a universal gaming and cultural phenomenon. It was the best selling PC game of 2000 and year to date 2001 according to NPD INTELECT® Market Tracking. Combined sales for The Sims, The Sims Livin’ Large and The Sims House Party have topped 9 million units life-to-date. For more information on The Sims, The Sims Livin’ Large, The Sims House Party, and The Sims Hot Date visit http://www.thesims.com.

Electronic Arts, headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of more than $1.3 billion for fiscal 2001. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for personal computers and video game systems. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA GAMES™, 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.
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