Electronic Arts DVD to offer game extras

Add'l bits include interviews with veterans, docus

HOLLYWOOD — Electronic Arts is getting into the DVD biz.

Top vidgame publisher is releasing a “Director’s Edition” of its “Medal of Honor Pacific Assault” game this fall on a DVD packed with bonus footage similar to “special edition” movie DVDs.

WWII-themed game’s DVD will include an interactive timeline of relevant history, interviews with veterans, several documentaries and commentary on the soundtrack and video shorts included in the actual game.

Also this fall, publisher is releasing a limited edition DVD of its highly anticipated sequel to “The Sims.” Disc will feature interviews with the game creators, “outtakes” featuring bugs that came up during development and tips on creating movies during gameplay, which “The Sims 2” will enable.

Vidgames have been released on DVD discs before, and it’s becoming increasingly common for publishers to sell a game’s soundtrack on CD either separately or as a package.

But EA’s “Medal of Honor Pacific Assault” is the first game on DVD to include a “Director’s Edition” with a significant number of extras.

Like the movie biz, publisher is hoping to cash in on the interest of intense fans by giving them additional content and charging more for it. “Medal of Honor Pacific Assault Director’s Edition” will be priced at $59.95, $10 more than typical games.

Game was created at EA’s growing L.A. studio, where the publisher is attracting Hollywood talent to work in the vidgame industry.

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