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Forza Motorsport Pulls Up to the Starting Line Across Europe

London - 13 May 2005 - Gamers across Europe are gearing up for the launch of Microsoft Game Studios' highly-anticipated, ultra-realistic driving simulator, Forza MotorsportTM on 13th May. Available for a suggested retail price of £39.99 and made exclusively for Xbox®, Forza Motorsport allows gamers to own, collect and transform their own personalised fleet of speed machines from an unprecedented lineup of more than 230 cars made by over 60 top manufacturers.

Forza Motorsport also debuts an innovative online racing experience that is certain to take the checkered flag on Xbox Live. Featuring online car clubs with up to 100 different gamertags, the ability to trade creations with car connoisseurs from all over the world over Xbox Live, downloadable ghosts, race replays and car setups and more than 1,400 different online leaderboards for competition in every category, Forza Motorsport is a fuel injection for gamers looking to take their game into cyberspace.

For those that just can't get enough hot car action visit the newly launched Forza Motorsport Channel - www.fmc.tv - an online TV channel devoted to bringing viewers exclusive content from now until 10th July. Not just a TV channel, for the first time ever players can also showcase their customised cars from Xbox Live on fmc.tv -From developer diaries, to real life racing, petrolheads have never had it so good..

For racing aficionados who have yet to get on Live, they can take advantage of the great value Forza Xbox Live Starter Kit*. Complete with a full version of Forza Motorsport, an Xbox Live Voice Communicator and a year's subscription to Xbox Live it is a fast-track to online gaming and available for the recommended retail price of £59.99.

For more information about Forza Motorsport, please visit www.ForzaMotorsport.net or www.xbox.com..

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Forza Xbox Live Starter Kit contains:

  • One copy of Forza Motorsport
  • Xbox Live 12 months free trial card
  • Xbox Live Voice Communicator

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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For more information, please contact:

Marie-Claire Suter

UK PR Manager - Xbox & PC Games

Tel: +44 (0) 118 909 4599

Email: i-maries@microsoft.com

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