EA Tackles Madden NFL 2005 Collector’s Edition

Electronic Arts will issue a special collector’s edition of Madden NFL 2005 when the title rolls out this August in North America. Exclusively for PlayStation 2, the special release will celebrate 15 years of the best-selling Madden NFL sports franchise.

In addition to unique, collectible packaging, Madden NFL 2005 Collector’s Edition will include such bonus features as playable classic versions of Madden from the 16-bit era and two versions from the PlayStation 1 days; a Madden trivia challenge with more than 1000 questions; Madden Moments, where players can relive the greatest moments of the past 15 seasons; and historical playoff teams with their authentic uniforms. Also exclusive to the Collector’s Edition will be bonus video content including an inside look at how the games are made.

Madden NFL 2005, developed by EA-Tiburon, is slated to ship in August on all platforms and is rated E by the ESRB. Updates include defensive innovations, a more immersive Franchise Mode with Storyline Central and upgraded player models, stadiums and lighting configurations. Online versions will be available for PlayStation 2, Xbox Live and PC CD-ROM.

With nearly 37 million copies sold, Madden NFL Football is the most popular football video game franchise of all time. It is also the only video game displayed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Madden NFL 2005 Collector’s Edition will retail for $59.95. Additional information can be found online at www.madden2005.com.