Racing for a Cause–“Forza Motorsport 3” VIP Content on Xbox LIVE to Benefit Haiti Relief Efforts with Save the

LONDON– 2 March 2010 - Today Microsoft and Turn 10 announced the widespread availability of four“Forza Motorsport 3” Game Add-ons, previously available only to those who purchased Limited Collector’s Edition copies of the game. Mobilizing millions of“Forza Motorsport 3” fans, Turn 10 is calling on all racers, tuners and artists to assist in the global relief effort for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. For every purchase of the“VIP Membership Car Pack” during the month of March, Turn 10 pledges to donate $10 to Save the Children up to $100,000. So now you can enjoy more of the“Forza Motorsport 3” content you’ve been asking for, while also donating to an important cause.

Now available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 800 Microsoft points, the“VIP Membership Car Pack” gives you exclusive access and visibility in the“Forza Motorsport” community. You’ll receive special recognition on scoreboards, in multiplayer lobbies, on ForzaMotorsport.net, in the“Forza Motorsport 3” Storefront, and it places your VIP auctions at the top of the“Forza Motorsport 3” Auction House. VIP membership also includes these five must-have VIP Cars: 2008 Aston Martin DBS, 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, 2007 Ferrari F430 Scuderia, 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, and 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997). (IMPORTANT NOTE: VIP Membership is also available for FREE with an Xbox LIVE token included in new Limited Collector’s Edition copies of“Forza Motorsport 3.”)

Additionally, starting today on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, you’ll find other great“Forza Motorsport 3” track and car packs, previously only available to those who purchased a copy of Limited Collector’s Edition of the game. These include:

“Sidewinder Proving Grounds Track Pack” (400 Microsoft Points)– Download and race on the updated classic Sidewinder Proving Grounds from“Forza Motorsport 2.” This track pack includes 18 challenging courses, designed with various levels of difficulty and set to test your technical driving mettle. Think you can top the leaderboards on Sidewinder? Prove it! (Also available for FREE with an Xbox LIVE token included in Limited Collector’s Edition copies of“Forza Motorsport 3.”)

“Benchmark High Speed Ring Track Pack” (400 Microsoft Points)– Download and race on the Benchmark High Speed Ring environment. This track pack is a veritable race day playground! Test and tune your favorite rides on the four-mile Benchmark Speedway oval or create epic Xbox LIVE multiplayer games of“Tag” and“Keep It Clean” on the massive wide-open Benchmark parking lot. (Also available for FREE with an Xbox LIVE token included in Limited Collector Edition copies of“Forza Motorsport 3.”)

“Motorsport Legends Car Pack” (400 Microsoft Points)– Fans of classic cars will be able to collect, customize, and race 10 of the most revered roadsters: 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale, 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage, 1981 BMW Motorsport M1, 1960 Chevrolet Corvette, 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Hemi, 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, 1980 Fiat 131 Abarth, 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400, 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R, and the 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. (Also available for FREE with an Xbox LIVE token included in Limited Collector Edition copies of“Forza Motorsport 3.”)

“Forza Motorsport 3” is rated PEGI 3+ and is now available globally. For assets, visit the Forza Motorsport 3 FTP. For more information on“Forza Motorsport 3” and Save the Children’s legal disclosures, visit ForzaMotorsport.net and http://www.savethechildren.org/legal.

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