By Al Giovetti


Ed Del Castillo named producer for Origin - Firaxis Partnership

ORIGIN Names Del Castillo to Highly-Acclaimed Development Partnership

ORIGIN Systems(tm), an Electronic Arts(tm) (Nasdaq: ERTS) company announces the hiring of noted producer Ed Del Castillo to help manage the company's strategic partnership with software developer Firaxis Games(tm), the new company formed by legendary game developer Sid Meier.

Based in ORIGIN's Baltimore office, Del Castillo will manage the company's relationship with Firaxis on a day-to-day basis. He will be responsible for tactical production issues and coordination with Electronic Arts marketing and distribution on all Firaxis products, including the upcoming release of Sid Meier's Gettysburg!. Del Castillo will also be instrumental in developing and implementing strategies for leveraging Firaxis properties through ports, sequels, and other derivative works.

Del Castillo comes to ORIGIN(tm) from Westwood Studios, where he served as producer of the hugely successful Commander & Conquer series including Commander & Conquer: Counterstrike, Commander & Conquer: Red Alert, Commander & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Commander & Conquer: Covert Operations. Prior to that Del Castillo worked for Mindcraft Software, Inc. where he designed and produced such titles as Bloodstone, Ambush, Tegal's Mercenaries and Siege.

"We're thrilled to have someone of Ed's caliber and experience on board with our team to give this very important relationship the attention it deserves," said ORIGIN Executive Producer Andy Hollis. "His track record of hits speaks for itself and we are confident that he will be successful at maximizing the value of the Firaxis product line."

"I've always had a great amount of respect for ORIGIN," said Del Castillo. "Andy Hollis has formed quite a nucleus of talent at ORIGIN and now that we're teamed up with the legendary Sid Meier, I'm looking forward to upholding their tradition of making the best games out there."

ORIGIN Systems develops and publishes state-of-the-art entertainment software. To date, the company has released more than 50 titles, including the award-winning Ultima(tm), Wing Commander(tm) and Crusader series of games. The company also develops titles under the Jane's(r) Combat Simulations brand. ORIGIN is based in Austin, Texas, with additional offices in Hunt Valley, Maryland, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts. More information on ORIGIN products is available on the ORIGIN home page at http://www.origin.ea.com.. Origin Web Page * ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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