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NFL Blitz returns like NBA Jam before it

Electronic Arts announced today that an all-new HD version of NFL Blitz from EA SPORTS™ will be available in January 2012 via digital download on Xbox®LIVE Arcade for 1200 points and PLAYSTATION®Network for $14.99.  A remarkable value, NFL Blitzfeatures the arcade-style fast-paced gameplay that made the original game a hit, but takes the experience to a whole new level with immersive online game modes in high-definition.

NFL Blitz was one of the great arcade classics of the 90s, and now we’re bringing back everything fans loved at a great price, in high-definition and as a digital download,” says Cam Weber, general manager of American Football for EA SPORTS.  “The new NFL Blitz will preserve the competitive nature of the original game, while delivering to fans the ultimate rivalry experiences online.”

The recharged NFL Blitz offers fans the opportunity to battle rivals 7-on-7, fight their way through the Blitz Gauntlet, or take over the online leaderboards in Blitz Battles.  Challenging to master, yet easy to pick up and play, NFL Blitz has something exciting to offer for all football fans:

§  Classic Blitz Gameplay – Fast-paced football action at its best, featuring the 7-on-7 wide-open gameplay of the original arcade hit.  Two minute quarters, 30 yards for a first down, no penalties, exciting tackles and, of course, players ON FIRE!

§  Blitz in HD – For the first time in franchise history, Blitz hits the gridiron in high-definition.  Take to the field with top players from each of the 32 NFL teams, play in all 31 NFL stadiums and battle fantasy bosses from the Gauntlet at the Blitz Coliseum.

§  Ultra-Responsive Controls – Running at 60fps/60Hz, the pick-up-and-play controls perfectly replicate the twitch arcade experience.  Disrupt the opposition with stiff arms, knock down receivers before a catch, dive to tackle ball carriers, and hurdle pass for the big play…all with the touch of a button.

 Blitz Battles – Challenge the competition online in head-to-head matches or team up (on a single console or online) 2-on-2, ranking up local, regional, and national Battle Boards – all the way to the Blitz Hall of Fame.

 Blitz Gauntlet – The ultimate single-player challenge! Battle through a multi-tiered Gauntlet, taking on NFL teams and exclusive fantasy character bosses in the Blitz Coliseum.  Take down the fantasy character bosses to unlock them for use in all modes.

 Elite League – Join the Elite League and strive to create the perfect squad of ultimate players.  Purchase card packs using Blitz Bucks earned through online* games to collect players to customize your lineup.  Collect an entire NFL team of players to unlock powerful Pro and Ultimate players that give your team the competitive edge.  Change the game in unique ways by acquiring and using Power Ups to further your advantage on the field.  For the ultimate rush, risk one of your valuable players in a winner-takes-all Risk and Reward game.

 Online Co-op – Grab a teammate on the couch or join a friend online and crush the competition in classic Blitz 2-on-2 style. Track your records against friends to show who owns the Blitz gridiron.

 Blitz Store—Earn Blitz Bucks in every online* game mode, then head to the Blitz Store to purchase a ton of intense content.  Build your Blitz Elite League team by purchasing card packs and power-ups.  Customize your Blitz Battles team with new logos and banners.  Take the Blitz experience to the next level with a slew of gameplay and visual cheats. Go behind the scenes and unlock concept art and the famous Blitz cheerleaders.

 Blitz Booth Commentary – The two-man booth includes past NFL Blitz play-by-play announcer, Tim Kitzrow, along with actor Brian Haley.  The perfect pair to voice NFL Blitz, Kitzrow and Haley’s humorous commentary augments the over-the-top arcade football experience

First released as an arcade game in 1997 by Midway Games, NFL Blitz quickly became one of the most memorable football titles in video game history.  In 1998, the first console version became available for Nintendo 64™ and PlayStation, with several console editions released between 1998 and 2003.  The new NFL Blitz by EA SPORTS is the first version of the game to carry the NFL license since 2003 and is the only version to be released for HD consoles to date.

NFL Blitz is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon.  NFL Blitz has been rated “E10+” by the ESRB

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