ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 19, 1997--Electronic Arts(TM)
(NASDAQ:ERTS), a leading global interactive entertainment software
company, and CH Products, a leading manufacturer of computer game
peripherals, today announced the first computer joystick bundle
bearing one of the gaming industry's top military brand name,
Jane's(R) Combat Simulations.
The Jane's Combat Stick is packaged with one of the most
realistic combat flight simulations available, Advanced Tactical
Fighters(TM) for PC-CD.
Designed to bring PC game players a realistic flight simulation
experience, the Jane's Combat Stick offers an easy set up menu, a
sturdy ergonomic design, and responsive control while Advanced
Tactical Fighters delivers dynamic dogfighting action.
"Gamers are always looking for that true-to-life flying
experience. With the Jane's Combat Stick, players can get their
hands on what it would feel like to pilot a real combat airplane,"
said Frank Gibeau, Electronic Arts marketing director.
"We're excited about this partnership internally and externally,"
said Greg Stearns, CH Products CEO and retired U.S. Navy F/A-18
pilot. "Partnering with a leader in the simulation market and EA's
Jane's brand was the logical choice. As for the game players,
pairing our joystick with Advanced Tactical Fighters gives them the
fun, realistic simulation experience they're looking for."
The Jane's Combat Stick was modeled after the real flight
controls of the highly versatile, F-16 Fighting Falcon jet. Control
is important to pilots in high-stress situations and the Jane's
Combat Stick offers PC pilots a specially contoured design and
ergonomically placed button functions for quick response, just like
the real thing. Players can dodge the enemy, change views, launch
missiles, and fire cannons using the two, four-way switches, five
push buttons, and a trigger and rotary throttle control. The
joystick design also includes durable construction with a wide,
stable base.
The Jane's Combat Stick is easily set up for use with any of the
Jane's flight simulations including: AH-64D Longbow, Flash Point
Korea(TM), and U.S. Navy Fighters(TM) '97, as well as other compatible
space combat and 3-D action games.
Electronic Arts develops and publishes Jane's Combat Simulations
which emphasize realism, authenticity, and playability. Electronic
Arts achieves this by tapping an extensive library of military
reference works from Jane's Information Group Ltd. The bundled
title, Advanced Tactical Fighters, uses Jane's vast resources of
recently declassified information to successfully simulate the
experience of flying the most advanced jet fighters in the world.
Advanced Tactical Fighters is the only flight simulation that
features all seven of these cutting-edge aircraft together in the
same product -- the F-22, F-117A Nighthawk, B-2A Spirit, X-29, X-31
EFM, Rafale C, and X-32 ASTOVL. Advanced Tactical Fighters will
support up to eight players on a network, or two players via modem.
Players can combine forces or go head-to-head in dogfight action. In
network multiplayer mode, more than 30 aircraft are available.
The Jane's Combat Stick has a suggested retail price of $129.95,
including Advanced Tactical Fighters. It is compatible with MS-DOS
and Windows(R) 95, and the CH Throttle and Pro Throttle controllers
available from CH Products.
Electronic Arts, headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., is a
leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982,
Electronic Arts posted revenues of $625 million for fiscal 1997. The
company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for
personal computers and advanced entertainment systems such as the
PlayStation(TM), Nintendo(R) 64 and Sega Saturn(TM). Electronic
Arts markets its products worldwide under five brand names:
Electronic Arts, EA SPORTS(TM), Origin Systems(TM) Inc., Bullfrog(TM)
Productions Ltd. and Jane's(R) Combat Simulations.
Electronic Arts has international subsidiaries in Australia,
Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Spain,
Sweden, and the United Kingdom, and U.S. development operations in
San Mateo, Calif.; Baltimore, Maryland; Austin, Texas; and Seattle,
Washington. More information about Electronic Arts' products and
full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at .
CH Products, based in an 8,000 square-foot facility in Vista,
Calif., is the leading manufacturer of precision analog computer
peripherals. A family-owned and operated company, the CH team uses
its real life aviation experience to design and build the most
realistic products possible. Unparalleled by any other controller
manufacturer in the United States, all the products are designed and
built in the U.S., using only CH's own molds and plastics, as well asthe highest quality components.
For more information email or visit CH
Products' Web site at .