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EA Buys Hypnotix; Develops Arena Football

Electronic Arts today announced that the development team at Hypnotix has joined EA’s Tiburon studio to develop action-oriented games, the first of which will be Arena Football, based on the Arena Football League license. Hypnotix is best known for developing the popular Outlaw Golf and Outlaw Volleyball series of games. The team has relocated from Little Falls, New Jersey to Orlando, Florida. The first Arena Football game will ship at the beginning of the 2006 AFL season on PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

“EA Tiburon shares our enthusiasm for sports and our passion for making great games. By joining EA, we are becoming part of a world-class studio organization, home to some of the industry’s top designers, best artists and most sophisticated technologists. We couldn’t be more excited,” said Mike Taramykin, President of Hypnotix.

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“Arena Football will be a completely new football experience. Hypnotix’ proven ability to deliver creative gameplay and unforgettable sports experiences makes them perfectly suited to create this new franchise and develop new action-oriented games in the future,” said Steven Chiang, VP and General Manager of EA Tiburon. “They are a great addition to our studio.”