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Forza Motorsport™ for Xbox Races to Stores For February 2005

Microsoft’s Highly Anticipated Driving Simulator to Take Online Racing’s Checkered Flag on Xbox Live™

London - 12 October, 2004 - Microsoft Game Studios today announced that its critically acclaimed, highly anticipated driving simulator, Forza Motorsport, will race onto store shelves exclusively for Xbox in February, 2005 (UK). Forza Motorsport peels out of the Xbox garage with the ability to transform more than 200 real-life production cars from over 40 of the world's top car manufacturers into speed-drenched racing machines with aftermarket parts from more than 150 partners. A powerful physics engine and a long list of online racing features playable only on Xbox Live, Microsoft's premier online gaming service, gives Forza Motorsport the checkered flag with racing gamers and car enthusiasts as the deepest racing simulator ever offered.

"Forza Motorsport is a title we are getting amazing feedback on from people who are really passionate about the world of cars and auto racing," said Shane Kim, General Manager, Microsoft Game Studios. "The ability to customize your cars, the amazingly realistic physics and of course the ability to experience all of this online is quickly making this the one 'must have' racing sim."

Forza Motorsport allows gamers the ability to showcase their garage work with the best the online world has to offer through simultaneous competition with up to eight racers or by trading their "tuned-up" and "tricked-out" creations over Xbox Live. Forza Motorsport also debuts both an innovative on and offline "career mode" that includes traditional competition with AI as well as fully-interactive online racing with human opponents to accumulate career earnings for tuning up your ride. Forza's online ranking system ensures evenly matched racing for all skill levels.

Beyond head-to-head racing, Forza Motorsport encourages gamers to build car clubs of up to 100 different Xbox Live gamers for worldwide car communities and competitive team racing. Forza Motorsport will take online racing to a whole new level with more than 1,700 leader boards that seamlessly integrate into the single player portion of the game, thus fuelling gamers with the ability to compete for ultimate online bragging rights. Exclusive downloadable content including new cars and tracks will complete Forza Motorsport's high-octane online garage.

To learn more about Forza Motorsport visit http://www.xbox.com/en-gb/forzamotorsport

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