“SPORE” set to hit stores on September 7th!

Will Wright’s new sim-everything game SPORE is the other game I’ve been most anticipating since I first learned of it. It seems like we’ve been waiting forever for this game and now the end is finally in sight. EA sent out a press release announcing that the release date will be the weekend of September 7th, 2008.

That puts it dangerously close to the traditional don’t-buy-anything-cause-you-might-get-it-for-Krismas period in our family, but I’m still happy to see a release date even if it means I might not actually get to play it until Krismas morning. All three of us are looking forward to this game so if nothing else it’ll make for three easy gift purchases in the coming year.

You can check out some new game play footage here. Full press release is after the jump.

Redwood City, CA – February 12, 2008 – Get ready for the next Big Bang this fall! Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) and Maxis today announced that Spore™, the highly anticipated game from the creators of The Sims™, will be available at retailers worldwide the weekend of September 7. Spore will be available for the PC, Macintosh, Nintendo DS™, and mobile phones.

“The wait is almost over,” said Maxis Chief Designer Will Wright. “We’re in our final stages of testing and polish with Spore, and the team at Maxis can’t wait to see the cosmos of content created by the community later this year.”

Spore gives players their own personal universe in a box. Create and evolve life, establish tribes, build civilizations, sculpt entire worlds and explore a universe created by other gamers. Spore gives players a wealth of creative tools to customize nearly every aspect of their universe: creatures, vehicles, buildings, and even UFOs. Players can then seamlessly share their creations with the world or explore infinite new galaxies created by other gamers.

Consumers can visit http://www.spore.com to sign up for the Spore newsletter or check out all-new screenshots and video of the game. Members of the media can visit EA’s press site at http://www.info.ea.com for information about all of EA’s games.

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, cellular handsets and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA SPORTS BIG™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2007, EA posted revenue of $3.09 billion and had 24 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA’s homepage and online game site is http://www.ea.com. More information about EA’s products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://www.info.ea.com.

EA, EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS BIG, POGO, The Sims and Spore are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Nintendo DS is a trademark of Nintendo. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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