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Update For All Forza Fans!

UK, 23rd February, 2007 - Microsoft® Game Studios today announced some exciting new features that will be included in "Forza Motorsport 2" when the game hits stores in May.

The first of which is a feature the team at Turn 10 has dubbed the Xbox Live Auction House. Although "Forza Motorsport 2" can be a highly competitive affair over Xbox Live, the developers at Turn 10 wanted to further stoke the passion of the racing community by giving them an in-game marketplace to show off their custom creations. Just head over to Forza Motorsport 2's Online Auction House, where - on a global scale - players will be able to buy and sell (using in-game credits) and trade one-of-a-kind vehicles with other Forza fanatics. The Online Auction House will encourage fans to share their unique whips, or complete their car collection from our roster of over 300 must-have rides. With near limitless customization options, "Forza Motorsport 2" is sure to inspire the creativity of car tuners and painters alike. For more details on the Xbox Live Auction House, be sure to check out this week's Pitpass Report on Forzamotorsport.net.

Also, as promised, we're happy to bring you wave two of the highly anticipated and extensive "Forza Motorsport 2" cars list. Last week, we revealed models from top manufacturers Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati. This week, we bring you models from the rest of our European carmakers: Aston Martin, Jaguar, Bentley, Lotus, TVR, Saab, Volvo, McLaren, and more. Again, for the full list, cruise on over to Forzamotorsport.net.

Finally, we wanted to alert you that upon visiting forzamotorsport.net that you'll notice a new look and feel to the site. The purpose of the redesign is to give consumers a more useful, easier to navigate extension of "Forza Motorsport 2's" gameplay experience from on the web, as well as provide a destination for fans to socialize and talk shop about racing, tuning, design, or just games and car culture in general. For you, Forzamotorsport.net will also be the home of all the latest news, screenshots, and videos for the game. There's a lot more to talk about with regards to "Forza Motorsport 2" and we'll be covering new ground every Friday for our passionate community, as well as welcoming newcomers to the world of Forza.

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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®."

About Xbox 360

Xbox 360 is the most powerful video game and entertainment system, delivering the best games, the next generation of the premier Xbox Live online gaming network and unique digital entertainment experiences that revolve around gamers. Xbox 360 is expected to have a catalog of 160 high-definition games by the end of 2006 and to be available in nearly 40 countries by the end of 2007. More information can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/xbox360.

About Xbox Live

Xbox Live is the first and only unified online entertainment network seamlessly integrated throughout the entire console experience, making it easy for people to find the friends, games and entertainment they want from the moment they power on their Xbox 360 system. Xbox Live connects millions of members across nearly 25 countries to enjoy hundreds of multiplayer games, downloadable games via Xbox Live Arcade, free and premium playable game demos, music videos and movie trailers, as well as new game levels, characters and vehicles for all their favorite retail games. More information can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/en-us/live.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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