ASHES CRICKET 2009™ COMING AUGUST 7TH - FIRST GAMEPLAY VIDEO REVEALS OFFICIAL PLAYERS IN ACTION

Friday 17th July/... With the nPower Ashes Series in full swing Codemasters® today announced that Ashes Cricket 2009™ , the official game of the series, will launch on August 7th for the Wii™, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC.

Gamers can prepare to take their place on the crease with the first Ashes 2009 gameplay video - now available from www.PlayAshes.com. The video features England heroes Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Strauss, James Anderson and Monty Panesar and Australian stars Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson.

Set to deliver all the drama of the nPower Ashes Series at the five official grounds, Ashes Cricket 2009 will also feature Test matches, One Day Internationals and 20 over games to give a complete recreation of the sport. The high definition editions will feature full online multiplayer, while the Wii edition will have players using the Wii Remote to perform batting and bowling motions in single player or local multiplayer games.

Produced by Codemasters and developed by Transmission Games, Ashes Cricket 2009 is set to launch on 7th August 2009 for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft® and PC; the Wii edition, developed by Gusto Games will, also be released on 7th August 2009.

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MEDIA INFORMATION:

Andy Gray, Communications Manager

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Codemasters (UK 01926 814 132)

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BHPR

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Gareth.Williams@bhpr.co.uk

01462 456780

Richard Eddy, Director, Communication

Rich.eddy@codemasters.com

Codemasters (UK 01926 814 132)

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