EA announces Smith as the spokesman for their upcomming game
Sat, 29 January 2005
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Qantas Wallaby George Smith to serve as Spokesperson for the latest installment in the EA SPORTS Rugby franchise.
Sydney, NSW. â€“ January 28, 2005 â€“ Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) announced today that George Smith, the Qantas Wallaby flanker, will serve as the official spokesman and cover athlete for EA SPORTSâ„˘ Rugby 2005 in Australia. EA SPORTS Rugby 2005 will be released in March 2005 under the EA SPORTSâ„˘ brand for PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft and PC.
â€śIâ€™m honoured to have been selected as an EA SPORTS cover athlete,â€ť said Smith. â€śItâ€™s great to be featured in an EA SPORTS video game that delivers the authentic rugby experience to the fans of the sport and gamers alike.â€ť
After starting the 2004 Test season at openside flanker against Scotland, George Smith finished the winter season at Number 6 with a man-of-the-match performance against New Zealand in Sydney and then a try in the Tri Nations decider against South Africa in Durban. Despite his age, he turned 25 this year, Smith has already played more than 50 Super 12 matches for the Brumbies and now has 47 caps for Australia.
EA SPORTS Rugby 2005 incorporates all the major Rugby teams, players and tournaments including Tri Nations, Super 12 and many more authentic and prestigious events from the world of Rugby. The game features a completely upgraded graphical engine with individually differentiated players, realistic motion captured player animations, dramatic lighting and cameras, and stadiums that are accurate with details such as crowd reactions, songs and chants. The game also includes a â€śRugby 101â€ť training mode outlining the rules, controls, and tactics of the sport through videos and interactive challenges.
Developed in Vancouver, B.C., by EA Canada, EA SPORTS Rugby 2005 is scheduled to ship in March 2005 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox consoles and PC.
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