Xbox Expands Definition of Digital Entertainment Lifestyle With New and Ambitious Titles Featured at E3

LOS ANGELES, May 12, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. debuted its lineup of ambitious new games for the Xbox®
video game system at a pre-Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) media briefing today, wowing a packed house at the Grand Olympic Auditorium with titles that redefine innovation and plug an ever-expanding audience of gamers into the Digital Entertainment Lifestyle.

Sensationally rendered thrillers such as
“Halo (TM) 2,”
one of the most ambitious video games ever; the first three Xbox games from Rare Ltd.,
“Conker: Live and Uncut,” “Kameo (TM) : Elements of Power”
“Grabbed by the Ghoulies”
; and the highly anticipated sequel
“Project Gotham Racing® 2”
showcased the depth, breadth and quality of the Xbox title portfolio.

In addition to its showstopping game titles, Microsoft announced new portfolio additions that seek to redefine what it means to play and compete in the video-game universe. XSN Sports, the new brand moniker for Microsoft-published sports titles, allows players to connect to real people in real leagues with real rivalries using, a Web-based service that complements the Xbox Live (TM) experience. By linking gamers to a variety of wireless devices and PCs, XSN Sports moves the Xbox experience beyond the box.

“Great games are at the heart of our Digital Entertainment Lifestyle vision,”
said Ed Fries, vice president for game content at Microsoft.
“And at Xbox, we’re committed to the most ambitious expansion ever of what video games can be.”

More than 50 Xbox Live games are scheduled to be available this holiday, with more amazing Xbox Live -enabled games scheduled to be available in 2004, including the highly anticipated
“Halo 2.”
In addition, more games will feature downloadable content, allowing gamers to continue to extend their game experiences for months after a game’s release.

Upcoming blockbuster Microsoft Game Studios games for Xbox include
“Project Gotham Racing 2,”
the first Xbox title from Rare,
“Grabbed by the Ghoulies,” “Counter-Strike,” “Crimson Skies (TM) : High Road to Revenge (TM)”

  • Halo 2
    (Microsoft Game Studios, Bungie) is the sequel to the award-winning, sci-fi action, first-person shooter game,
    “Halo: Combat Evolved.”
    “Halo 2,”
    the saga continues as Master Chief, a genetically enhanced supersoldier, is the only thing standing between the relentless Covenant and the destruction of all humankind. Featuring Xbox Live capabilities,
    “Halo 2”
    will be released in the first quarter of 2004.

  • Conker: Live and Uncut
    (Microsoft Game Studios, Rare) finds Conker back in an all-new Xbox Live- enabled team-based shooter. Conker, the cartoon rodent with a penchant for booze, wild women and lewd conduct, enters seven scenario-based modes, each with its own story.
    “Conker: Live and Uncut”
    will be available in 2004.

  • Grabbed by the Ghoulies
    (Microsoft Game Studios, Rare) is a humorous, beat-’em-up adventure game that takes place in a haunted house full of crazed ghoulies. Gamers take the role of Cooper, a young boy on a mission to rescue his girlfriend, who has been
    “grabbed by the ghoulies.”
    Players will venture through haunted and ominous Ghoulhaven Hall, battling a variety of monsters while trying to escape the many tricks, traps and shocks awaiting them along the way.
    “Grabbed by the Ghoulies”
    will be available for holiday 2003.

  • Kameo: Elements of Power
    (Microsoft Game Studios, Rare) is an action-adventure game set in a fantastic kingdom of monsters and magic. Players become Kameo, a princess on a mission to rescue her three Elemental Ancestors from the Dark Troll King, who has plans to dominate the fantasy planet’s wildlife.
    will be available in 2004.

  • Project Gotham Racing 2
    (Microsoft Game Studios, Bizarre Creations Ltd.) is the ultimate test of racing skill, style and daring, rewarding drivers not only for how fast they drive but for how they drive fast. Drivers will earn Kudos and gain recognition for cornering on two wheels around the Sears Tower in Chicago, power sliding through the ancient streets of Florence, Italy, or maneuvering along the racing line through the slick streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, all while racing some of the most exotic high-performance vehicles available. Players also can challenge friends and other gamers online utilizing the Xbox Live online game service or through multiplayer System Link.
    “Project Gotham Racing 2”
    will be available for holiday 2003.

  • Fable
    (Microsoft Game Studios, Lionhead Studios), from renowned developer Peter Molyneux, puts the choice squarely at gamers’ fingertips: Will they be good, evil or somewhere in between? In
    players choose their identity, determine appearance and abilities, feel effects of reputation, and thus create their own interactive experience.
    will be available for holiday 2003.

  • Counter-Strike
    (Microsoft Game Studios, Valve/Ritual) makes its console debut exclusively on Xbox and Xbox Live . The world’s most popular game and first-person shooter for the PC features single-player missions taking place all over the world. Gamers can challenge other players in team-based multiplayer games on Xbox Live using System Link.
    on Xbox will be the most graphically advanced version of the series to date.
    will be available for holiday 2003.

  • XSN Sports (Microsoft Game Studios, XSN Sports) is the first lineup of Xbox games in which sport fans compete beyond the game. For the first time, gamers will challenge real people to create their own leagues and build their own rivalries. will offer a Web-based service that intricately links XSN Sports gamers to the new digital entertainment lifestyle of wireless devices and PCs so the Xbox experience moves beyond the box.

  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
    (Microsoft Game Studios) combines thrilling aerial combat with the swashbuckling style of a Hollywood action-adventure movie. Set in an alternate 1930s world of gunship diplomacy and sinister intrigue,
    “Crimson Skies”
    lets gamers pilot powerful aircraft against nefarious air pirates and behemoth war zeppelins.
    “Crimson Skies”
    will be available for holiday 2003.

Great games from Xbox publishing partners will include
“Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Island Thunder” from Ubi Soft®
“Ninja Gaiden (TM)” from Tecmo®
“Deus Ex: Invisible War”
from Eidos Interactive Ltd.,
“Full Spectrum Warrior (TM)”
from THQ Inc.,
“StarCraft: Ghost (TM)”
from Blizzard Entertainment (TM) , and
“True Crime (TM) : Streets of L.A. (TM)”
from Activision.

Xbox ( ) is Microsoft’s future-generation video game system that delivers the most powerful games 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 the continents of North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Xbox Live , which launched in the United States Nov. 15, 2002, allows gamers to play multiplayer Xbox games with other gamers everywhere via a broadband connection. With a built-in hard drive and Ethernet port, the Xbox console is the only video game system built from the ground up for online gaming. Xbox Live enables gamers to easily find their friends; talk to other players during gameplay through the Xbox Communicator headset; download current statistics and new levels and characters to their Xbox hard drive; and play online — all exclusive features to Xbox Live .

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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