“NBA Inside Drive 2003” Set to Tip Off on Xbox

REDMOND, Wash., April 19, 2002 — Microsoft® Game Studios today announced it will release
“NBA Inside Drive 2003,” its exclusive basketball title for the Xbox™
video game system, this fall in time for the start of the 2003 NBA season.

Following a strong debut on Xbox and a successful history on the personal computer, this newest addition to the
“NBA Inside Drive”
franchise features several new customization and gameplay enhancements. In
“NBA Inside Drive 2003,”
developed by High Voltage Software Inc., gamers will continue to enjoy team-specific playbooks and tendencies, superior graphics and fluid gameplay.

“NBA Inside Drive 2003”
will include numerous updates, including a season dynasty feature and Dynamic Player Performance. Additional gameplay features, as well as the
“NBA Inside Drive 2003”
spokesperson and in-game announcers, will be announced before the games launch.

“NBA Inside Drive 2003 puts players directly in the middle of NBA action,”
said Pat Cook, sports studio manager for Microsoft Game Studios.
“Theyll experience all the bumps, hand-checks and thundering dunks from the comfort of their living room.”

About High Voltage Software

Imaginative design, powerful proprietary technology and a proven development process have made High Voltage Software Inc. a fierce competitor in the entertainment industry. Founded in 1993, this Chicago-based developer has been crafting games for three generations of consoles and the PC. Some recent hits include
“NBA Inside Drive 2000,” “All-Star Baseball 2001,” “Ground Control: Dark Conspiracy”
“Hunter: The Reckoning.”

About Microsoft Game Studios

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide game company with two core businesses: game development and publishing ( http://www.microsoft.com/games/ ) and Zone.com. Zone.com ( http://www.zone.com/ ) is the Internets largest game site.

About Xbox

Xbox is Microsofts future-generation video game system that delivers the most powerful game experiences ever. Xbox empowers game artists by giving them the technology to fulfill their creative visions as never before, creating games that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Xbox is now available in North America, Japan, Europe and Australia. More information on Xbox can be found at http://www.xbox.com/ .

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.

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