“RalliSport Challenge” Set to Test PC Gamers

REDMOND, Wash., May 22, 2002 — Microsoft Game Studios today announced that it will introduce its successful racing franchise
“RalliSport Challenge”
as a featured racing title for the PC. Scheduled to hit store shelves this holiday season,
“RalliSport Challenge”
offers gamers and racing fans a comprehensive, action-packed, off-road Rally racing experience.

Developed by Digital Illusions CE,
“RalliSport Challenge”
provides a unique racing experience that combines four types of Rally competition, Hill Climb, Traditional Rally, Rallycross and Ice Racing, into one game. With 29 fully licensed cars to choose from and 48 tracks to race on,
“RalliSport Challenge”
provides gamers with the thrill of racing fast cars on all types of terrain.

“We felt that the PC racing industry needed a shot in the arm, and what better way to shake up the category than with the critically acclaimed RalliSport Challenge,”
said Stuart Moulder, general manager of Microsoft Game Studios.
“RalliSport Challenge for the PC will feature action-packed racing and adventure from its Xbox™ predecessor, providing an intense experience to all PC gamers.”

PC gamers and racing fans will be tested with different modes of gameplay including racing against the clock in a time challenge and jostling for position on treacherous terrain against other cars and drivers. In addition,
“RalliSport Challenge”
offers single race modes, a career mode, where gamers can unlock new cars and tracks, and a network multiplayer feature, allowing racers to compete against their friends in high-octane wheel-to-wheel action. With so much depth and modes of play,
“RalliSport Challenge”
is a must have for all PC gamers.

“RalliSport Challenge”
features advanced graphics, including swaying trees, animated crowds and ultrarealistic particle effects, as cars run through mud, dirt, snow and water. In addition,
“RalliSport Challenge”
delivers distinctive audio effects from the actual cars, enabling racers to distinguish the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO V1 from the Peugeot 306.
“RalliSport Challenge”
will be available this holiday season.

About Digital Illusions

Digital Illusions CE is a publicly held company headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with offices in G
teborg, Sweden, and Toronto, Canada. Digital Illusions is focused on creating high-quality, playable games that make the most of the advanced technology for which they are designed. The company has a strong background in racing games; it was developer of such hits as
“Swedish Touring Car Championship”
(PC) and
“RalliSport Challenge”
for Xbox. Digital Illusions can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.dice.se/ .

About Microsoft Game Studios

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the PC, Xbox video game system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse game portfolios for PC ( http://www.microsoft.com/games/ ), including such franchises as
“Age of Empires® ,” “Flight Simulator”
“Zoo Tycoon™ ”
; Xbox ( http://www.xbox.com/ ), including such franchises as
“Halo™ ,” “Project Gotham Racing™ ”
“NFL Fever”
; and Zone.com ( http://zone.msn.com/ ), the official games channel for the MSN® network and home to such hits as
“Outsmart™ .”

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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