Sid Meier’s Pirates! for Xbox Now Available in North America!



New York, NY – July 13, 2005 – 2K
Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO),
and FIRAXIS Games, world renowned video game developer, today announced that Sid
Meier’s Pirates! for the Xbox® video game and entertainment system from
Microsoft is currently available in stores across North America, with the
European release scheduled for the end of the month. Some of the many new
additions for the Xbox version of this top selling PC title include two new
Xbox-exclusive mini-games, Xbox Live leaderboards and content downloads, and
support for HDTV resolutions and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

“With its broad appeal, open-ended
gameplay and ability to captivate players for hours on end, Pirates! is a prime
example of the quality of gameplay FIRAXIS creates,” said Christoph Hartmann,
Managing Director of 2K Games. “Pirates! for the Xbox is just the first of many
anticipated titles to come from the newly formed and highly valued 2K Games and
FIRAXIS Games relationship.”

"FIRAXIS Games is thrilled to
release our first Xbox title in collaboration with 2K Games," said Jeff Briggs,
Founder, President and CEO of FIRAXIS Games. "With new Xbox exclusive features,
Pirates! really takes advantage of the power of Microsoft’s great gaming

In Sid Meier’s Pirates!, players
take the leading role of a Pirate Captain in the 17th century Caribbean –
amassing fortune and fame in an attempt to seize a rightful place as one of the
most revered and feared pirates in history. Players test their skills as a sea
captain exploring the dangerous waters and exotic ports in a richly detailed 3-D

Here’s what the press is saying
about Sid Meier’s Pirates!:

“Sid Meier’s Pirates! is a must-have
Xbox game. It’s that simple.” – IGN – 9.2/10

“Sid Meier’s Pirates! packs more
adventure in just 30 minutes than most games do in their entirety.” – GameSpot

“Sid Meier’s Pirates! is a testament
to the days when computing power forced game designers to creatively think how
they could impress the players, instead of relying on polygon counts and a full
orchestra.” –

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