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Earth’s Rarest Animals Are Ready to Play, as Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species Goes Gold

Upcoming Expansion Adds Loads of Exotic New Animals and Gameplay Challenges to Award-winning Zoo Tycoon 2

11th October 2005

Microsoft Game Studios announced today that the highly anticipated expansion pack to the best-selling Zoo Tycoon 2 has gone gold and will be released on 4th November. The expansion pack adds a spectacular new chapter to the wildly popular Zoo Tycoon 2, featuring 20 rare and exotic new animals, a dazzling new sky tram, and elevated paths and guided Jeep tours that take players closer than ever to their animal habitats.

Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species expands upon the highly acclaimed Zoo Tycoon 2 for Windows with new building options, new music and awards for successful installations in your zoo. Behaviour modifications allow guests to express themselves more creatively, and new deviant animal behaviors are sure to keep fans on their toes. The upcoming expansion to Zoo Tycoon 2 is sure to be a hit with the entire family!

For more information please visit www.zootycoon2.com/endangeredspecies.

Blue Fang Games is an independent game developer dedicated to creating compelling, emotionally engaging games focused on the animal kingdom that set the benchmark for broad-based family entertainment. Blue Fang's "Zoo Tycoon" franchise, published by Microsoft Game Studios, has established itself as one of the most popular PC gaming franchises and has sold over 5 million units worldwide. Founded in 1998, Blue Fang Games is located in Waltham, MA. For more information visit Blue Fang Games on the Web at www.bluefang.com.

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® and Project Gotham Racing®; 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."

For further information (press only), contact:

Lucy Fairbrass

UK PR Manager - Games for Windows & HRD

Tel: +44 (0) 118 909 5868

Email: i-lucyf@microsoft.com

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