“Catan” Enthusiasts Duel It Out Online

REDMOND, Wash. — Aug. 15, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. is proud to announce that “Catan Online,” the online, multiplayer subscription version of “The Settlers of Catan,” is now available exclusively at MSN® Games (http://www.games.msn.com). With MSN Games’ base of 30 million registered users worldwide, more people than ever will have access to this global gaming phenomenon.1

Just like in “The Settlers of Catan” board game, “Catan Online” players claim new territories, build settlements and roads, and harvest valuable commodities in a race to settle a new land. The rich, multiplayer game embodies the beauty and elegantly interactive features of the original “The Settlers of Catan” while offering special new features, including a variety of gameplay modes in a trusted play environment. Players can choose Quick Match to be paired with players of similar caliber, play solo against the computer, or choose Invite a Friend to play against their MSN Messenger friends. Subscription fees for the multiplayer version are $29.99 (U.S.) per year or $4.99 per month.2

“Catan Online” is building on the success of “Catan: The Computer Game,” the premium single-player downloadable version of “The Settlers of Catan,” which has been one of MSN Games’ top 20 most popular downloads since its February launch. Another MSN Games exclusive, “Catan: The Computer Game” offers nine unique options for difficulty and play style, allowing players to truly customize their game. The retail price is $29.95. More information can be found on the “Catan Online” Web site.

About MSN Games

One of the original online destinations for gaming, MSN Games (http://www.games.msn.com) gives millions of users the opportunity to enjoy free3 casual single-player and multiplayer games and premium downloadable games. Composed of an active community of dedicated enthusiasts and entertainment seekers, MSN Games users can choose from a diverse selection of more than 300 action, puzzle, card, board, word or trivia games. As casual, online gaming continues to grow in popularity, MSN Games remains committed to providing a rewarding play experience and exciting content across multiple platforms.

About Microsoft

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1 “Catan Online” is now available for U.S.-based users, and future availability is also planned for users in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

2 Subscribers are able to invite nonsubscribing friends to participate in a game of “Catan Online.”

3 Connect-time charges may apply.

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“Catan,” “Catan Online” and “The Settlers of Catan” are copyright and trademark properties of Catan GmbH. All rights reserved. Developed by Castle Hill Studios LLC, Charlottesville, VA. Designed by Klaus Teuber. Based on “The Settlers of Catan” board game published by Mayfair Games Inc., Kosmos Verlag and other licensees of Catan GmbH.

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