PC Gamers Rev Their Chainsaws: "Gears of War" for Windows Goes Gold

LONDON 19th October 2007; Microsoft Game Studios announced today that the eagerly-awaited“Gears of War” for Windows has gone gold and will hit retailers across Europe on 9th November 2007.

With the Xbox 360 version of the game selling more than 4 million copies to date,“Gears of War” has been lauded by critics for its gripping campaign and fast-paced multiplayer action. Windows gamers can look forward to the“Gears of War” experience for the very first time, and will get to choose between doing battle via mouse and keyboard, or using the Windows-enabled Xbox 360 controller. From renowned developer Epic Games,“Gears of War” for Windows will engage gamers in hyper-realistic combat, allowing players to fight for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet.

In addition to retaining all of the content from its Xbox 360 counterpart and all previously released downloadable content (seven multiplayer maps and the Annex game mode),“Gears of War” for Windows will feature exciting original content, all-new Achievements to unlock, and ultra-high resolution visuals. Five new campaign chapters expand upon the riveting story (including an epic battle with the fearsome Brumak), and the action-packed multiplayer offering is bolstered with three exclusive multiplayer maps, a“King of the Hill” game type, and Games for Windows– LIVE support to deliver online matchmaking for Gold members. A new game editor will allow users to develop an unlimited number of user-created levels with complete access to the Unreal Editor.

Players can get their hands on“Gears of War” for Windows for the estimated retail price of£34.99,“Gears of War” for Windows is rated 18 BBFC for more information, please visit http://gearsofwar.com/news.

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For further information please contact:

Kate Szlendak/ 0118 909 5334/ v-kaszle@microsoft.com

About Epic Games

Epic Games Inc., based in Raleigh, NC 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 3D action games Unreal and Unreal Tournament, both award-winning blockbuster hits having each sold more than one million copies. Epic is also responsible for the Unreal Engine, which is the underlying technology for a wide range of games including, 2002 Console Game of the Year winner,“Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell™” by Ubi Soft; PC Gamer’s 2000 Game of the Year,“Deus Ex” from Ion Storm/Eidos;“America’s Army: Special Forces,” by the United States Army, and“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (PC) by Electronic Arts. 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“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®.”

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