EA ANNOUNCES RANDY “THE NATURAL” COUTURE TO TAKE ON THE RUSSIANS THIS OCTOBER AS PART OF STAR-STUDDED CAST OF COMMAND AND CONQUER RED ALERT 3
Five-time UFC Champion Joins Gina Carano and Top Actors and Actresses from Around the World to Form One of the Largest Ensemble Casts in the History of Video Games
Leipzig, Germany – August 20, 2008 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced MMA legend and five time UFC champion Randy Couture as part of the all-star ensemble cast for this holiday’s highly anticipated video game Command & ConquerTM Red AlertTM 3 during EA’s press conference at the German Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany. Mr. Couture will star in the Command & Conquer franchise’s trademark live-action movie sequences, alongside a diverse group that includes a host of award-winning actors, action stars, science fiction legends, up-and-coming starlets from around the globe and mixed martial arts fighters.
Mr. Couture stars and lends his voice to Red Alert 3 as Warren Fuller, Commander of the Allied Forces. Not one for mincing words, Fuller has survived numerous battles against the Soviet Union through regimented training, raw talent, determination, and tenacity. He’s a born leader and fighter, prepared to defend the Allies’ freedoms to his last breath. Gamers will have the opportunity to interact with and team with Mr. Couture as he battles the big, bad, Russians in the Allied Campaign.
“I spent six years in the Armed Forces, but, I’ve since moved to officer’s ranks and become a general”, joked Couture. “I have two kids who both play video games, so having this opportunity to star in Red Alert 3 alongside Gina and this cast is a huge honor and I look forward to teaming up with the fans this fall.”
The cast of Red Alert 3 includes Jenny McCarthy (Scream 3, former Playboy Playmate of the Year), Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Hunt for Red October), George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes), J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Juno), Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean), Peter Stormare (Prison Break, Armageddon), Andrew Divoff (LOST), Kelly Hu (X2: X-men United, The Scorpion King), Gemma Atkinson (the UK’s Hollyoaks), Ivana Milicevic (Casino Royale), Autumn Reeser (The OC, MTV’s American Mall) and two of the most recognizable names in competitive mixed martial arts Randy “The Natural” Couture (5-time UFC champion, The Scorpion King 2) and Gina “Conviction” Carano (Undefeated EliteXC fighter, American Gladiators).
“This is by far the most exciting cast we have had over the past 13 years of shooting live-action movies for Command & Conquer,” said Chris Corry, executive producer at EALA. “The caliber of the performances we received, both individually and collectively, have really raised the storytelling bar for the franchise. We are really excited that we will be delivering such a high quality production that is on par with movies and television shows.”
“I wasn’t sure what to expect when I came in to work on a video game,” said Jenny McCarthy, who is playing Tanya, Allied commando and the most beloved heroine in the history of the Command & Conquer universe. “What I realized is Red Alert 3 is not just a video game, it’s absolutely an interactive movie. This is where the people at home get to move the story forward, and where seeing the plot thicken is a reward for a job well done. And that’s really cool.”
“I think video games are one of the new frontiers for actors and using live action is just another way to connect more easily to the gamer rather than CG or animation techniques,” said J.K. Simmons, who is playing the anti-Communist U.S. President Howard T. Ackerman. “To be in a groundbreaking game like Red Alert 3 where we are using full on shooting of live actors and to be with Jonathan Pryce, Tim Curry and Peter Stromare, it was a great opportunity for a character actor like me to have some fun.”
Fans searching for an opportunity to see even more of the talent in Red Alert 3 can now order the Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 Premier Edition – a limited edition copy of the game that includes a bonus DVD with over an hour of exclusive content, including interviews with the talent and a behind the scenes look at the shooting of Red Alert 3’s cinematic sequences. The Premier Edition is also packed with full of additional Red Alert goodness, including exclusive multiplayer maps, strategy tips from the development team, an exclusive Warhammer Online item, the official soundtrack and an exclusive beta key to a future Command & Conquer game.
Those who secure the Premier Edition or regular version of Red Alert 3 now via pre-order will also receive a special bonus package*, including:
∑ Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 – One of the most beloved RTS games of all time!
∑ From Fighter to Assassin – A featurette on EliteXC superstar, Gina Carano.
∑ Premier Edition Sneak Peek – Exclusive previews of Raising of the Iron Curtain, From Pens to Pixels, Command School, and BattleCast Primetime
∑ Red Alert Retrospective – A look back at Red Alert, Red Alert 2 and Red Alert 2: Yuri’s Revenge
∑ Exclusive multiplayer/skirmish map for Red Alert 3 when the game ships
∑ Exclusive Red Alert 3 desktop wallpapers
Red Alert 3 is set to ship this fall for the PC and Xbox 360. Gamers who want to get a head start on the return to Red Alert can by purchasing Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath, which includes automatic entry into the Red Alert 3 beta** happening right now. More information is available at http://www.ea.com/redalert/beta.jsp.
Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 has not yet been rated by the ESRB or PEGI. For more information about the game, please visit http://www.redalert3.com and tune into Command & Conquer TV in the coming weeks for the special one year anniversary episode of the online channel’s flagship program “BattleCast PrimeTime” filmed live from the German Games Convention 2008.