Electronic Arts announced today that it is working on an Arena Football League video game, titled Arena Football, which will be available in stores on February 7, 2006, two weeks into the AFL's 20th season. The game is currently under development at EA's Tiburon studio, makers of the Madden NFL and NCAA Football franchises.

Arena Football will replicate the unique intensity and passion of the indoor gridiron, giving gamers a completely different football gaming experience. Staying authentic to AFL rules, Arena Football will feature 8-on-8 play, including six players who play both sides of the ball, and the ability to send players into and over the walls with each exciting play. Fast-paced and high-scoring offenses will allow players to launch an all-out aerial assault using playbooks created by actual AFL coaches.

"The goal of EA SPORTS Arena Football is to make gamers think differently about how they play a football videogame," said Jon Dean, Executive Producer, EA Tiburon. "Arena Football is a fast-paced action oriented sport that relies on big plays and relentless offense — we will give gamers a host of features that will deliver this experience."

The arena comes alive with fans, fireworks and a rock-concert atmosphere. For the first time ever in sports gaming, an in-game telemetry system will provide real-time information about opponents such as passing tendencies, scoring history and player health. Players can build an AFL powerhouse in Season mode and win their way to ArenaBowl or challenge the best players in the nation with head-to-head online play.

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