RELEASE: MAY 9, 2000
FLIES INTO E3 WITH NEW VERSIONS OF POPULAR PC GAME TITLES
Wash. – May 9, 2000 – Coming off of a successful 1999 season as one
of the fastest-growing PC game companies, Microsoft Corp. arrives at next
week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles with new versions
of its popular PC games and innovative titles that have already received
industry praise as sure-fire hits. From fall and holiday 2000 releases
such as "Combat Flight Simulator 2", "MechWarrior(tm)" and
"Links(tm) LS 2001" to next year’s
lineup, which includes "Dungeon Siege" and
"FreeLancer," the company moves further toward its goal of becoming
the worldwide games leader.
slate of PC games we’re bringing to E3 2000 is our strongest ever,"
stated Ed Fries, vice president of Microsoft’s
Games Division. "Our commitment to
gamers worldwide is reflected in our work with some of the best
developers in the industry — including Chris Roberts, Alex Garden, Chris
Taylor and Bruce Shelley — in addition to our strong pool of in-house
talent led by Jordan Weisman."
this year’s show, Microsoft will demo some of its most anticipated products
"Combat Flight Simulator 2: WWII Pacific Theater." The second in the
hit CFS series soars beyond flight
simulation by allowing players to feel what it
was like to be a young pilot fighting in the fiercest air battles of the
World War II Pacific theater. Extensive realism
guides this tour, from the advice of former
U.S. and Japanese pilots right down to the chipped paint and
bullet holes in classic planes such as the American Corsair and Wildcat
as well as the Japanese Zero and George. Scheduled
availability: 2000 holiday season.
"MechWarrior." For the first time in the 16-year-old BattleTech
universe, the player isn’t a grunt private,
but rather the commanding hero in the center
of a complex story of betrayal, revenge and honor. Tearing through tundra
forests and icy arctic worlds are more than 20 giant 80-ton war machines,
all of which can be customized with new weapons, armor and sensors.
More than 30 unique missions keep the tactical thinking and adrenaline
flowing. Scheduled availability: 2000 holiday season.
"Crimson Skies(tm)." "Crimson Skies" is a fictional
adventure title set in 1937 that centers on
a dashing air pirate who always gets the girl. The most
popular game this year at Microsoft’s Gamestock event, it tempts players
to steal the Spruce Goose and buzz the movie lots of the Nation of Hollywood
or rescue damsels in distress while seeking the lost treasure of Sir
Francis Drake. Twelve other exotic fighting planes can be commandeered for
more than 24 fast-paced missions. Scheduled availability: September 2000.
"Age of Empires® II: The Conquerors." With five new civilizations,
four new historically based campaigns and
25 new technologies, the latest in the "Age
of Empires" series offers a worthy descendent to the best-selling PC
game of the 1999 holiday season. The richest,
deepest Age of Empires expansion pack ever
created, "The Conquerors" lets players turn a tiny village
into a mighty empire in a real-time strategy game set in the Middle Ages.
Players relive the epic reigns of Attila the Hun, Montezuma, El Cid and
other well-known rulers. Scheduled availability: September 2000.
"Links LS 2001." The most extensive upgrade ever in the 10-year
history of "Links," this
tee-to-pin challenge offers the highest level of realism ever.
From the golfers themselves to over 2,000 unique pieces of vegetation,
gamers can see the time and care spent re-creating every detail.
The Arnold Palmer Course Designer Architect lets PC golfers re-create
their own home courses with the same vivid detail. Scheduled availability:
"Motocross Madness(tm) 2." The sequel to PC Gamer’s 1998
"Racing Game of the Year," "Motocross
Madness 2" brings extreme action to 40 indoor and outdoor
tracks, from the Bank One Arena in Phoenix to the jungle of Costa Rica,
co-designed by pro-rider Stephane Roncada. Gamers can choose from 16 licensed
bikes in environments where the photorealism also pushes the extreme.
Top 100 rankings are updated daily on Microsoft’s Zone.com. Scheduled
availability: June 2000.
2000 titles to be shown at E3 include the following:
"Allegiance(tm)." An Internet-only space combat game with
incomparable online graphics and a variety
of team roles. Currently available.
"Baseball 2001." The first PC-based baseball game that combines the
features of the award-winning Baseball Mogul
simulation technology. Currently available.
"Casino." Ten popular casino games that challenge players to improve
their skills and earn the chance to win virtual
tickets to see real Las Vegas shows.
Scheduled availability: fall 2000.
"Conquest: Frontier Wars." A visually stunning 3-D real-time game of
galactic domination and deep strategy. Scheduled
availability: 2000 holiday season.
"Loose Cannon." An action game combining intense, mercenary-style
action on foot and in vehicles, with
mission choices from hostage rescues to assassinations.
Scheduled availability: 2000 holiday season.
"MechCommander(tm) 2." A 3-D real-time strategy game of power,
tactics and treachery set in the popular
BattleTech Universe, in which players command
a company of mercenary MechWarriors. Scheduled availability: early 2001.
"Metal Gear Solid." The heralded console "Game of the
Year" that captures the flavor of a
true espionage adventure and debuts on the PC platform. Scheduled
availability: September 2000.
"Midtown Madness(tm) 2." The race sequel that hits the roads of San
Francisco and London. Scheduled available:
"StarLancer(tm)." The prequel to "FreeLancer," which
combines the action of first-person space
warfare with the drama and intrigue of a WWII air combat
movie. Currently available.
Microsoft® products destined for store shelves in spring 2001 will also
have a high profile at this year’s trade show:
"Dungeon Siege." Players journey from secret underground lairs to
towering mountains in fantasy role playing games (RPGs)
set in a continuous 3-D world – with no
loading screens. Unlike other RPGs, it allows gamers to gather
a party of up to 10 characters or face challenges alone. The Siege Editor
feature can be used to create awesome fantasy worlds.
"FreeLancer." The 1999 winner of four E3 "Best of" awards,
including Best of Show, "FreeLancer"
is developed by Chris Roberts, creator of the "Wing Commander"
series, one of the most successful game franchises in history (more
than 9 million licensed units sold).
remains at the forefront of online gaming through Zone.com (http://www.zone.com/),
the leading multiplayer gaming site on the Internet,
with more than 13 million registered users, approximately 700,000 unique
users per day, and more than 125 games available to play.
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