Electronic Arts commits to develop for Microsoft's Xbox

EA has committed to publish up to 10 new video games specifically for Microsoft's much-hyped Xbox console, which is due to be launched later in the year.

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By  Robin Duff Published  February 4, 2001

Electronic Arts (EA)has committed to developing games for Microsoft’s Xbox console, as part of an agreement recently signed between the two companies. Under the multi-year agreement, EA intends to commit its worldwide studios to Xbox game development, and the company expects to publish up to 10 titles in support of the new system’s launch. EA has already ordered 500 Xbox Development Kits (XDKs) from Microsoft.

“We’re excited about Xbox and by Microsoft’s commitment to the platform,” said Larry Probst, EA’s CEO. “Microsoft has the vision, the technology and the resources required to make a significant impact on our industry.”

EA was a founding member of Microsoft’s Xbox Advisory Board (XAB), a group dedicated to helping make the console the ultimate gaming development platform. To date, Microsoft has secured more than 200 of the world’s game development companies to develop and publish content for the Xbox.

Additionally, more than 18 developers have committed to make exclusive Xbox titles to be published under the Microsoft label. Most of these companies, including EA themselves are expected to benefit greatly from Microsoft’s decision to allocate more than $500 million to the Xbox marketing budget.

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