Build a Medieval Empire on Xbox LIVE Arcade with the Popular German Board Game "Carcassonne"

London— Monday 25th June, 2007 - The classic, well-known European board game“Carcassonne” arrives on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for Xbox 360™ this Wednesday 27 June at 09:00 GMT.

Named after the medieval fortified town of Carcassonne in southern France, famed for its city walls,“Carcassonne” for Xbox LIVE Arcade starts with an empty landscape and a single square tile. Using strategic tactics and a little luck, one to four players take turns selecting from 72 tiles displaying various features of a city including roads, the walls of a castle or fields. The medieval countryside thrives as players and their opponents place tiles and complete towns, roads, and farms while competing to accumulate the most points.

The rules of the game are easy with fast game play and no elimination– perfect for just about anyone! Although simple, devoted players will find layers of strategy that will keep them coming back for more. Combining a fresh visual experience and the opportunity to always have a playing partner,“Carcassonne” is the future for board game fanatics.

“Carcassonne” from Sierra Online is the Xbox LIVE Arcade edition of the hit multiplayer tile-based German board game of the same name, designed by Klaus-Jurgen. Shortly after its release in Germany in 2000, the board game won Spiel des Jahres in 2001, the European equivalent of a Game of the Year Award.

Game Features

· Special AI settings to challenge any skill level

· Challenge your friends– Up to five players can play over Xbox LIVE or up to four players can play on the same Xbox 360

· Interact with new and old friends alike over Xbox LIVE while you play“Carcassonne” with the Xbox LIVE Vision camera

· Helpful step-by-step tutorial to teach you the game in minutes

· Skill-based matchmaking for ranked games

· The complete“Carcassonne” includes 72 tiles and all rule sets

·“Carcassonne” includes the“Rivers II” expansion set - 12 additional tiles

· Earn up to 200 Gamerscore and 12 Achievements

Where can I get“Carcassonne” from?

You can download“Carcassonne” beginning Wednesday 27th June from 09:00 GMT on Xbox Live Arcade.

“Carcassonne” will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft® Points and is rated 3+.

More information is available at http://www.xbox.com/games/livearcade

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· Multiplayer gameplay over Xbox Live requires an Xbox Live Gold Membership.

For further information please contact:

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

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