Microsoft Introduces the Perfect Game to Go With a New PC

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 4, 2000 — With the rush of the holiday season over, new PC owners may be looking for products that will provide fun and entertainment at an affordable price. Microsoft Corp. delivers with the powerful, true-to-life-action soccer game for the PC, “International Soccer 2000,” affordably priced at an estimated retail price of only $19.99 (U.S.). Soccer enthusiasts and gamers alike are sure to enjoy the intensity and movement of real-life gameplay as the action on the PC screen is rendered in fluid and sophisticated graphic detail. The superior gameplay design, unique one-touch controls and world-class graphics make the game intuitive, responsive and rewarding to play.

“We are delighted to bring the intensity, diversity and spirit of world-class soccer to the PC,” said Ed Fries, general manager of Microsoft® Games. “Microsoft is committed to extending our presence within the sports-gaming community, and soccer, being the largest participation sport in the world, does just that.”

“International Soccer 2000,” jointly developed by Microsoft and Rage Software PLC, based in Birmingham, England, features incredibly realistic movement, spectacular animation and a variety of play options to satisfy any gamer’s appetite. Using expert guidance and assistance from England’s top soccer coaches, the tactics and strategy of world-class soccer are captured in the game’s artificial intelligence feature, providing sophisticated on-field action, including player positioning, making space and marking, along with intelligent reaction to teammate and opponent positioning. In addition, extensive commentary and conversations by respected English coaches Jonathan Pearce and Ron Atkinson bring to life the excitement and enthusiasm of a real soccer game.

Features such as the one-touch control system allow players to easily learn and enjoy the excitement and speed of “International Soccer 2000.” The goal behind the one-touch system is to provide a consistent response with a single touch. By using the one-touch control feature, gamers can low-kick, high-kick, make contact and sprint down the field. With over 200 moves, 9,000 frames of motion-captured animation, eight stunning stadiums, over 70 international teams complete with customized home and away uniforms, and players that reflect the varied ethnic makeup of the game, “International Soccer 2000” provides a true-to-life soccer experience.

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