EA Sports Active 2.0 official, will feature 'wireless control system'

Sequel to popular workout game confirmed for PS3, Wii, and iPhone; will use heart-rate monitor, store data on online hub; Xbox 360 version MIA.

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Last week, EA Sports president Peter Moore heavily hinted that the $125 million EA Sports Active franchise was coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Today, Electronic Arts officially announced EA Sports Active 2.0 for Sony's console, as well as the Wii and iPhone operating system. It will be the third installment in the series, after last November's EA Sports Active More Workouts for the Wii. No Xbox 360 version was mentioned in the announcement, even though the game will debut around the same time the motion-sensing Project Natal launches this fall.

EA Sports Active 2.0 will sport a heart monitor for maximum workout efficiency.
EA Sports Active 2.0 will sport a heart monitor for maximum workout efficiency.

[CORRECTION] EA Sports Active will support a "innovative wireless control system, powered by new leg and arm straps with motion sensors." The game will not, as GameSpot initially reported, support the PlayStation 3 motion controller believed to be called the "PlayStation Arc." (GameSpot regrets the error.) It will also sport a heart-rate monitor to help players get the highest-intensity workout possible.

In development at Vancouver-based EA Canada, EA Sports Active 2.0 will also feature a nine-week, three-phase program to help motivate players to carry through their fitness regimen. The company will also be releasing new mini-program workouts as downloadable add-ons and will have new virtual trainers. The game's release will be accompanied by the launch of an online hub that will let players upload and share their workout data. The site will also feature fitness tips, forums around certain workouts, and a messaging system that will let players interact.

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