EA sports to rematch Hatton and Pacquiao

EA SPORTS is giving fight fans the chance to redeem Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, after his knockout-loss to Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao earlier this month, in a playable three-round demo of Fight Night Round 4. The demo will be available today, May 14th, on Xbox LIVE® and the PlayStation®Network, exclusively to consumers who pre-order Fight Night Round 4 through GameStop. The demo will be available to all Xbox Gold Members on May 28th, and to PlayStation Network users and Xbox Silver members on June 4th.

On May 2nd, Pacquiao took on British boxing phenomenon Ricky Hatton, and delivered a devastating left cross that put Hatton to the canvas at the end of the second round. The playable demo will give players the chance to channel the lightning-fast hands and sharp reflexes of Pacquiao to recreate the punch that sent Hatton to the mat, or resurrect the bravado and unstoppable pressure that Hatton is known for and rewrite history. With an included video upload function, players can showcase their bouts to the world by uploading videos directly to www.easportsworld.com.

Consumers can gain early access to the demo by pre-ordering Fight Night Round 4 at their local GameStop or EB Games, or online at www.gamestop.com. Upon reserving the game, consumers will be presented with a unique Xbox Live or PlayStation Network code that can be redeemed to gain access to the demo. Those who have already pre-ordered Fight Night Round 4 from GameStop can bring in their pre-order receipt to receive their access code. Select retailers will also be offering download codes for five free songs from the game’s soundtrack.*

Fight Night Round 4 features unique boxer styles and an all new physics based engine that creates one-of-a-kind bouts between over 45 licensed boxers. The action inside the ring will be faster than ever, delivering a true representation of the sport’s incredible speed, accuracy, timing, and power.

Fight Night Round 4 will ship to stores for the Xbox 360® video game system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system on June 30th, 2009. The game has been rated T by the ESRB. The game has not yet been rated been rated by PEGI. For more information, log onto https://fightnight.easports.com. Media can find images of the cover, screenshots and video at https://info.ea.com.