Microsoft “Motocross Madness 2” to Feature Honda Motorcycles

REDMOND, Wash., May 1, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. and American Honda Motor Co. Inc.’s Motorcycle Division today announced that they have reached an agreement to feature a lineup of Honda 2000 series off-road motorcycles in the new Microsoft® ”
Motocross Madness TM 2″
game for the PC. In addition to providing heart-pumping racing action,
“Motocross Madness 2” lets PC owners take their favorite Honda off-road motorcycles, including the race-inspired CR® 125R, CR 250R and the high-performance XR TM 400, on virtual test rides in over 40 photo-realistic riding environments and tracks.

“We are pleased to see our motorcycles featured in ‘Motocross Madness 2,'”
said Ray Blank, vice president, American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Motorcycle Division.
“On seeing ‘Motocross Madness 2,’ we were impressed with the level of detail in the riding environments and the game’s simulation of our bikes’ handling and performance. ‘Motocross Madness 2’ gives Honda enthusiasts a chance to sample the excitement of real motocross racing on their PCs.”

“All the motorcycles have been designed to handle the virtual tracks with an extremely high degree of accuracy, just like their real-life counterparts, whether the rider is cruising Enduro-style in the Arizona desert on a Honda XR 400R or taking a ‘whoops’ section on a supercross track on a Honda CR 250R,”
said Robb Rinard, senior designer for
“Motocross Madness 2.”

“Motocross Madness 2”
is the sequel to the award-winning
“Motocross Madness,”
an action racing game that captures the raw adrenaline of professional motocross racing. Set to hit shelves May 25, 2000,
“Motocross Madness 2”
lets gamers grab a handful of throttle in more than 40 professional motocross racing venues.
“Motocross Madness 2”
features, in addition to Honda, more than 10 motorcycles to ride, ranging in power and performance from the agile 125cc class up to the powerful four-stroke 650ccs (these include bikes from other license partners).
“Motocross Madness 2”
also features officially licensed racing gear from Fox Racing Inc. and Answer Racing.
“Motocross Madness 2”
is scheduled to be available domestically this May and will carry an estimated retail price of $39.95. It is being developed by Rainbow Studios, a full-spectrum digital production company in Phoenix that develops content for interactive media, film and television. More information about
“Motocross Madness 2”
can be found at the game’s official Web site at .

About Honda

American Honda Motor Co. Inc. is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, ATVs and scooters in the United States. American Honda’s Motorcycle Division conducts the sales, marketing and operational activities for these products through approximately 1,200 Honda authorized dealers. Further information about Honda products, racing teams, programs and dealer locations is available at the Honda Web site at .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device.

Microsoft and
“Motocross Madness”
are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

Honda and Wing, CR and XR are trademarks of American Honda Motor Co. Inc. used under license.

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