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Shadowrun

LONDON 9th May, 2007 - Microsoft® Game Studios today announced the eagerly awaited release date of the thrilling cross platform game, Shadowrun, which will shoot into stores on Friday 1st June, 2007.

Utilising both the Xbox LIVE and Games For Windows - LIVE network for the first time ever, "Shadowrun" tears down the walls between friends and gamer communities on the console and Windows Vista-based PC by letting as many as 16 gamers play together, regardless of platform*. Not only does "Shadowrun" bring these communities together, it also extends the features gamers love on Xbox LIVE, such as gamertags, achievements, friends lists and integrated voice communication, onto the PC through Games for Windows - LIVE.

Shadowrun is an intense first person shooter that rewards cleverness and split-second improvisation through a unique combination of modern weapons, ancient magic and advanced technology.

Set in and around Santos Brazil in the year 2031, Shadowrun tells a story of struggle between two opposing forces. RNA Global is a large corporation out to control a recently unearthed magical power. The Lineage is a 5000 year old secret society dedicated to defending that same power. Their conflict will change the course of magic in the region.

Whether you opt for the speed of the elf, the magical essence of the dwarf, the versatility of the human or the strength of the troll you will be given the same opportunity to master the enthralling combination of both magic and technology with fantastic effects such as enhanced vision, teleport and the tree of life. There are also nine different weapons ranging from a standard rifle and machine gun to a katana. And even when you think you are down and out after being killed by the enemy, a fellow team mate can resurrect you allowing you to gain even more from your Shadowrun experience.

For only £29.99 (Windows Vista) or £39.99 (Xbox 360) why not teleport to the shop today and order your copy of Shadowrun - you know you love a good fight!

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About FASA Studio

Steeped in a deep history of innovative online games, FASA Studio is composed of the extraordinary talent that brought gamers "MechWarrior;" "MechAssault," the first game to debut on the Xbox LIVE service; and "Crimson Skies" for the PC and Xbox. Leading the design team on "Shadowrun" is John Howard, who was also lead designer on the first "Halo." Just as "Halo" broke ground in being the first great shooter on the console platform and the first to integrate vehicles into an FPS, together FASA Studio and Howard will again break new ground with "Shadowrun" by being the first to successfully implement gameplay-changing mechanics such as Teleport, Enhanced Vision and Glide, as well as creating the first-ever FPS that connects players on Xbox 360 to Windows gamers.

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 "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®."

Cross-platform play requires Xbox LIVE Gold account and hard drive (on Xbox 360), or Games for Windows - LIVE Gold account (on Windows).

Microsoft, Shadowrun, Xbox Live, Xbox 360, Halo, Xbox, Windows, Age of Empires, Zoo Tycoon, Fable, Project Gotham Racing, Forza Motorsport, MSN and Hexic are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact: v-kaszle@microsoft.com

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