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Update For All Forza Fans!

London 5th April, 2007 - Microsoft® Game Studios has spent the last several months telling you all about the incredibly deep and realistic features included in the game and soon you'll be able to take the game for a test drive on Xbox LIVE Marketplace - the rumors this week of a downloadable demo are true and the details on timing will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

From true Force Feedback to online tournaments, from Xbox LIVE Auction House to our unmatched Livery editor, "Forza Motorsport 2" will truly set a new standard for the racing genre. According to Game Director Dan Greenawalt, "Soon, gamers will get a taste of the raw horsepower the Xbox 360 game engine has provided as we redefine what it means to be a racing simulator with Forza Motorsport 2. Whether it's the hundreds of thousands of physics parameters captured from countless man hours taking track measurements and capturing car data to harnessing the power of the industry's most advanced the neural-network search algorithms, non-linear and linear math models as well as AI simulation systems from our Microsoft Research Labs, we've turned mountains of real world raw data into a living, breathing racing simulator where the only difference between the game and reality is that you're not risking life and limb when you hit a wall at 200 mph."

As always, we have more to reveal from "Forza Motorsport 2's" extensive car list as well. This week, we're unveiling the aftermarket production cars in the game, with rare models including the Tommy Kaira Skyline from Nissan and the VeilSide Supra Fortune from Toyota. These suped up favourites are sure to bring some spice to the track as they round out the game's list of production cars - the full list below. Be sure to check out forzamotorsport.net for the latest screenshots as well as this week's Pitpass report featuring as Dan and Che "geeking out" on car physics and realism.

"Forza Motorsport 2's" release date is approaching fast and fans the world over have been responding in a big way! With pre-orders for the game on pace to double the original "Forza Motorsport," please be sure to drop us a line with your editorial needs as this game quickly becomes one your readers are surely hungry to hear about.

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Notes to editors:

For screen shots go to Forzamotorsport.net

This week's new cars listed below for reference:

List of Aftermarket Tuner Car Classics

1998 - Toyota - AB Flug S900 Supra Turbo

2000 - Honda - Aerogear Integra Type-R

2003 - Toyota - APR Performance Celica GTS

2000 - Audi - AWE Tuning SilverBullet S4

1995 - Toyota - Border MR2 Turbo T-bar

2003 - Chevrolet - Corvette Guldstrand Edition

1994 - Honda - Do-Luck NSX

1992 - Toyota - Do-Luck Supra

2003 - Nissan - Fairlady Z Custom Edition

2003 - Ford - FocusSport SVT Focus

2003 - Lexus - Foose Design IS430 Project Car

2000 - Dodge - Hennessey Viper 800TT

2006 - Mitsubishi - HKS Time Attack Evolution

1995 - Mazda - INGS RX-7

2002 - Chevrolet - Lingenfelter 427 Corvette

1999 - Mitsubishi - MINE'S CP9A Lancer Evolution VI

1993 - Nissan - MINE'S R32 Skyline GT-R

2002 - Nissan - MINE'S R34 Skyline GT-R

2004 - Honda - Mugen Civic Type-R

2002 - Honda - Mugen Integra Type-R

2003 - Honda - Mugen S2000

1995 - Mazda - RE-Amemiya RX-7

2003 - Mitsubishi - Sparco Lancer Evolution VIII

1998 - Subaru - Tommy Kaira Impreza M20b

2002 - Nissan - Tommy Kaira Skyline GT-R R34

1995 - Toyota - Tom's T020 MR2

2002 - Toyota - Tom's W123 MR-S

2002 - Toyota - Tom's Z382 Soarer

1998 - Toyota - Top Secret 0-300 Supra

2000 - Nissan - Top Secret D1-Spec S15

1998 - Toyota - VeilSide Supra Fortune 03

1998 - Toyota - VeilSide Supra Fortune 99

2000 - Acura - VIS Racing Integra Type-R

1995 - Toyota - VIS Racing MR2 Turbo T-bar

2004 - Honda - Wings West Civic Si

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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