25th July, 2006
As the threat of Emergence Day approaches, Microsoft Game Studios today announced the first of many tools to combat the impending Locust Horde -- a "Gears of War" Fan Site Kit, that is now available for download at the game's official community site ( http://www.gearsofwar.com/). The 102 MB download contains all the means necessary to help "Gears of War" fans build a fan site in preparation for Emergence Day. The kit contains concept art, forum avatars, screenshots, desktop wallpaper, and much more.
"Gears of War" thrusts gamers into humankind's epic battle for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet. Blending the best of tactical action games with the best of survival horror titles, "Gears of War" features cinematic, beautifully rendered interactive environments with high-definition visuals. "Gears of War" will launch on Emergence Day 2006.
About Epic Games
Epic Games Inc., based in Raleigh, N.C., and established in 1991, is a developer of cutting-edge computer and video games. The company is best known as the creator of hit PC 3-D action games "Unreal" and "Unreal Tournament," both award-winning blockbuster hits having sold more than 1 million units each. Epic is also well-known as creator of the Unreal Engine, which it has licensed to several major game developers. To date over 10,000,000 games have been sold that utilized Epic's Unreal Engine technology, and the number is growing steadily each year. Before its 3-D success, Epic Games was well-known for the hit shareware games "Jill of the Jungle," "Jazz Jackrabbit" and "Epic Pinball." Additional information can be obtained through Epic's Web site at http://www.epicgames.com.
About Microsoft Game Studios
Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox® and Xbox 360 video game systems, 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 and Xbox 360 ( http://www.xbox.com), including such games as the upcoming "Gears of War" and franchises such as "Halo®," "Fable®," "Project Gotham Racing®" and "Forza Motorsport"; and MSN® Games ( http://www.games.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as "Bejeweled" and "Hexic®."