03:00 PM - January 4, 2006 by Steve_OS
EA ANNOUNCES OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST OSCAR DE LA HOYA AS COVER ATHLETE AND SPOKESMAN FOR EA SPORTS(tm) FIGHT NIGHT ROUND 3 FOR XBOX 360 AND PSP
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - January 4, 2006 - Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) announced today that Oscar De La Hoya will serve as cover athlete and spokesman for EA SPORTS(tm) Fight Night Round 3. Olympic gold medalist, former WBC & WBA super welterweight champion, WBC welterweight and super lightweight champion, De La Hoya is recognized as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and will be featured on the cover of EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 for the Xbox 360(tm) system and PSP(tm) (PlayStation(r)Portable) system. Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward will grace the covers of the game for the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(r) videogame system from Microsoft.
"It's exciting to be contributing to a project that pushes the popularity of boxing to a new level and to a new audience," said De La Hoya. "EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 is so realistic anyone can pick up the game and learn about the actual sport while having a fun time doing it. The visuals in the game are so amazing. You can actually see the emotions on my face change throughout the round."
EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 brings the most intense boxing videogame experience to the virtual ring. Film-quality graphics and innovative gameplay establish EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 as one of the best-looking and playing Xbox 360 sports game on the market.
Developed by EA Chicago, EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 3 is scheduled to ship in February 2006 for the Xbox 360, PSP, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The game's official website is http://www.fightnightround3.com.