Brace yourself as Gears of War 2 explodes into action

LONDON– November 7, 2008– Today sees the much anticipated launch of action-packed“Gears of War 2” on Xbox 360. Following its phenomenal prequel, Gears of War 2 is already creating a frenzy and is poised to provide gamers with an unrivalled experience that will have them locked to their consoles throughout the festive season.

The incredible“Gears of War 2” provides an adrenaline-fuelled rollercoaster ride that draws you in and doesn’t let you go until the very end! Expanding upon the original game’s themes of loss, hope and survival,“Gears of War 2” sees mercenary Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad fighting to save the last cities on Sera from an engulfing locust threat, while the mission turns personal for Dominic Santiago as he uncovers clues in the search for his missing wife, Maria.

“Gears of War 2” is available now as a Standard Edition with an estimated retail price (ERP) of£44.99 as well a Limited Edition with an ERP of£49.99, which includes a hardbound book titled“Beneath the Surface: An Inside Look at‘Gears of War 2,’” and a bonus DVD containing the making-of documentary.

In addition, Microsoft and GAME Group have partnered to celebrate the launch with an exclusive bundle package that comprises an Xbox 360 console with 60GB hard drive, a copy of“Gears of War 2” as well as the coveted original game plus an additional wireless controller - all for an amazing deal of£199.99!

Neil Martin from GAME said,“We’ve seen some incredible excitement around the launch of“Gears of War 2” for months now and are delighted to finally enable fans to get their hands on the game. Last night's midnight launch saw dedicated fans queuing up to get their copies. We're absolutely sure that they won’t be disappointed with what's set to be one of the must-have games this Christmas.”

Prepare for the most epic gaming battle yet as the future of humanity rests on your shoulders when“Gears of War 2” strikes today.

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

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