Monkeys, Giraffes, Lions Rejoice — Zoo Tycoon 2 Goes Gold!

October 14, 2004

Monkeys, Giraffes, Lions Rejoice
— Zoo Tycoon 2 Goes Gold!

Would-be Zookeepers Can Also
Download the New Zoo Tycoon 2 Fan Site Kit

Microsoft Game Studios today
announced that Zoo Tycoon™ 2 has gone gold in North America and is set to ship
to U.S. retail stores on November 8. Developed by Blue Fang Games, the
masterminds behind the highly acclaimed Zoo Tycoon™ and subsequent expansion
packs, Zoo Tycoon 2 promises to deliver a fantastic 3-D zookeeper experience
just in time for the holidays. For only $39.99 (U.S.), virtual zookeepers are
encouraged to head to stores early to pick up their copy of the much-anticipated
sequel before supplies run out.

Additionally, a Zoo Tycoon 2 fan
site kit is now available for download from
www.zootycoon.com
.  Fans who download the 6MB fan site kit will find
plenty of goodies to be able to create a Zoo Tycoon 2 fan site sure to make the
entire animal kingdom proud. Included in the kit are banners, buddy icons,
screenshots, wallpapers and much more.

Zoo Tycoon 2 will get players up
close to and interacting with the animals and the zoo, offering intuitive
controls and fun tutorials that allow players of all ages to enjoy the game
right out of the box. Players will be immersed in the zoo experience with new
features, including the Zoo Guest mode, in which players can walk around and
enjoy the game like visitors on a day at the zoo; Zoo Keeper mode, allowing
players to interact with their animals as never before; and a new Photo Safari
Mode. Players can take pictures of their favorite animals and guests and share
them online with friends. The Zoopedia, chock full of entertaining and
interesting facts about animals, rounds out the new and improved features of the
upcoming game.

Zoo Tycoon 2 cranks up the
excitement, challenge and fun of building the ultimate zoo, with 30 animals in
incredible detail with more fun animations and a dazzling array of building
tools and objects, including robust terrain-altering options, scenery, foliage,
themed buildings, animal shelters and moats. Gameplay has been enhanced from
that of the original title, with new challenge modes for added gameplay depth
and 3-D graphics that allow players to keep a closer eye on the action and craft
more creative zoos. For more information about Zoo Tycoon 2, please visit
www.zootycoon.com

Zoo Tycoon has been a perennial Top
Ten selling franchise since its launch in 2001. Simple to play yet challenging
to master, Zoo Tycoon offers engaging gameplay for animal lovers and simulation
game fans of all ages. The captivating imagery, clever gameplay and interactive
tutorials in the vibrant and appealing Zoo Tycoon make it easy to play right out
of the box. Zoo Tycoon has something for everyone, stimulating creativity and
imagination as players respond to the needs of the animals and guests.

Blue Fang Games develops high
quality, award winning PC games. Founded in 1998 by veterans of Papyrus Design
Group, Blue Fang is dedicated to delivering high quality, interactive computer
game titles to consumers around the world. Blue Fang’s “Zoo Tycoon” franchise,
published by Microsoft Game Studios, has consistently been in the top 10 sales
for PC games in the United States and sold over 4 million units worldwide. Blue
Fang’s experienced team of game developers and designers prides itself on its
proprietary project management system that delivers high quality games that are
on time and on budget.

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading
worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox® video game system and
Windows® 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 (
http://www.xbox.com/
), including such franchises as Halo®, Project Gotham
Racing and MechAssault; and Zone.com (http://www.zone.com/), the official games
channel for the MSN® network and home to such hits as Bejeweled and OutSmart™.

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