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Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure Goes Gold

The Wilds of Africa Migrate to Store Shelves on 2nd June

The savannah is heating up as Microsoft Game Studios today announced that the "Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure"* expansion pack has gone gold. The newest addition to the award-winning "Zoo Tycoon 2" franchise will make tracks to retail on 2nd June. Gamers of all ages will experience first hand the biodiversity of the African continent and the animals that live there as they customise their African-inspired dream zoo.

With this new, 3+ rated expansion pack from Blue Fang Games, children and parents alike will broaden their knowledge of the African animal kingdom while improving their zoo keeping skills. Gamers will choose from an abundance of new content, including 20 new African animals from eight different biomes, ranging from the striped hyena roaming the desert landscape to the wildebeest roving the savannah.

Complete with new scenarios and challenges, animal enthusiasts will be tasked with creating African habitats and zoo attractions, sure to please guests and animals alike. Gamers can venture further into their zoo in the new Jeep® Liberty vehicle that's decked out in outrageous, animal-skin paint jobs, also available with the Jeep Wrangler and Commander vehicle options. For more information please visit the newly updated Zoo Tycoon website at http://www.zootycoon.com.

Blue Fang Games is an independent game developer dedicated to creating compelling, emotionally engaging games focused on the animal kingdom that set the benchmark for broad-based family entertainment. Blue Fang's "Zoo Tycoon" franchise, published by Microsoft Game Studios, has established itself as one of the most popular PC gaming franchises and has sold over 5 million units worldwide. Founded in 1998, Blue Fang Games is located in Waltham, MA. For more information visit Blue Fang Games on the Web at www.bluefang.com.

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox® and Xbox 360TM 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 MotorsportTM"; 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®."

*"Zoo Tycoon 2" is required to play "Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure"

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Marie-Claire Suter

UK PR Manager - Xbox & Games For Windows

Tel: +44 (0) 118 909 4599

Email: i-maries@microsoft.com

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