Lions, Tigers and Bears – or Fly? Microsoft Introduces “Flight Simulator 2002” and “Zoo Tycoon” at E3 2001

LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2001 — Today at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E 3 ) 2001, Microsoft Corp. announced it is developing two PC game titles,
“Flight Simulator 2002”
“Zoo Tycoon,”
currently slated for release in fall 2001. E 3 marks the first public showcase for these titles, previously shown to select press at Gamestock 2001.

“We are thrilled that ‘Flight Simulator 2002’ and ‘Zoo Tycoon’ will join Microsoft’s lineup of expected blockbusters for the coming year, alongside ‘Dungeon Siege’ from Gas Powered Games, ‘Sigma’ from Relic Entertainment and ‘Freelancer’ from Digital Anvil,”
said Stuart Moulder, general manager of the PC Games Division at Microsoft.
“The impressive tradition of constant improvements reflected in ‘Flight Simulator 2002’ and the unique and engaging perspective on tycoon-style gaming in ‘Zoo Tycoon,’ make each of these titles a ‘must-have’ for the holidays and beyond.”

“Flight Simulator 2002”
marks a comprehensive update in the 18-year history of the product line, offering players the most realistic, in-depth flight experience available on the PC. Developed internally by Microsoft,
“Flight Simulator 2002” features several new planes, including the Cessna® Caravan with amphibious floats, the Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet and the Cessna 172SP Skyhawk.

“Flight Simulator 2002”
continues the heritage of unmatched realism by adding new technology to enhance the flying experience. For the first time,
“Flight Simulator 2002”
includes a comprehensive and interactive Air Traffic Control (ATC) system. Players ask for permission to taxi and take off, request clearances en route and listen to ATC instructions as they approach and land. The game’s auto-generated scenery adds detailed buildings and vegetation appropriate to the terrain.

“Zoo Tycoon”
brings a new and exciting twist to the tycoon style of simulation games, challenging players to construct a healthy and vibrant zoo while managing animal and guest happiness. With over 100 different types of animals, habitats and building materials,
“Zoo Tycoon”
includes intuitive tools to build, manage and maintain a zoo. Players can build an extensive menagerie, from traditional favorites such as elephants, lions and giraffes to more exotic offerings including pandas and white Siberian tigers.

“Zoo Tycoon’s”
easy-to-manage design enables players to oversee the growth of their zoos while the interactive tutorial provides helpful assistance for players looking to enjoy the game right out of the box. Developed by Blue Fang Games LLC,
“Zoo Tycoon”
allows players of all skill levels to construct a zoo or engage in one of 15 challenging scenarios for players of all levels.

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