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Conker Fans…Get Ready to Reload! Conker: Live & Reloaded Ships to Retail

London - 23rd June, 2005 Microsoft Game Studios announced today that the world's most popular squirrel commando is set to reload and unload on gamers everywhere, as Conker: Live & Reloaded will be available at retail tomorrow across Europe. Conker: Live & Reloaded, developed by the award-winning team at Rare, will drop gamers into the front lines of an epic battle between the noble Squirrels and the vicious Tediz. Boasting amazing graphics, explosive combat, 5.1 audio and over-the-top humour, Conker was widely hailed at its recent showing at E3, and is now available exclusively for Xbox® at a suggested retail price of £39.99.

The latest installment in the best-selling Conker series takes the intense action and crude humour that fans know and love and kicks it up a notch by introducing a new Xbox LiveTM multiplayer mode. With the added challenge of multiplayer combat, players can create their own squad and take their team off to battle in team-based campaigns. No friends? No worries-Conker's got you covered with A.I. bots you can create and customise to suit your skill level. Featuring intense death-match and campaign storyline modes via Xbox Live and system link, players can compete as one of six combat specialists across multi-mission campaigns covering Old War and Future War. The Live game-play promises to deliver more of the non-stop action, outrageous antics, and butt-kicking combat for which Conker is famous world-wide.

Also included with Conker: Live & Reloaded as an added bonus is the critically acclaimed single-player game Conker's Bad Fur Day, completely recreated for the Xbox featuring stunning graphics and a "reloaded" attitude. For more information on Conker: Live & Reloaded, please visit http://conker.xbox.com.

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Xbox (http://www.xbox.com) is the video game system from Microsoft that brings people together for the most exhilarating game and entertainment experiences. Xbox delivers an expansive collection of breakthrough games, powerful hardware and the unified Xbox Live online service. The new tagline, "It's Good to Play Together," captures the spirit of Xbox as the social hub of the new digital entertainment lifestyle. Xbox is now available in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia.

About Xbox Live

Now in its third generation of transforming and uniting Xbox game communities, with more than 300 games planned by end of holiday 2005 and now with presence in 24 countries worldwide, Xbox Live has set the bar for online games entertainment. As the first global, unified online console games service, Xbox Live continues to take online game-play and entertainment to unprecedented heights. With a rapidly growing global community, Xbox Live offers best-in-class games, intelligent matchmaking, tournaments, unique programming and integration with Xbox.com - there is simply nothing else like it. The service continues to provide more and more ways for members to meet, interact and stay engaged with each other.

About MGS

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox® video game system, the Windows® operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse games for Windows (http://www.microsoft.com/games), including such franchises as Age of Empires®, Flight Simulator and Zoo Tycoon®; Xbox (http://www.xbox.com), including such games as Fable® and franchises as Halo®, Project Gotham Racing® and MechAssault®; and MSN® Games (http://www.games.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as "Bejeweled" and "HexicTM."

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