Toys "R" Us Times Square To Be Center of Halo 2 Universe on Midnight November 9

October 13, 2004

The Battle Hits Home! Toys "R" Us
Times Square To Be Center of Halo 2 Universe on Midnight November 9

Microsoft Game Studios today
announced that the Toys "R" Us international flagship store in New York’s Times
Square will become the center of the Halo® 2 universe on the evening of November
8. Throughout the evening, midnight madness will ensue with special guest
appearances, and prizes will be awarded for gamers showing off their Halo 2
enthusiasm. A number of gamers will even get an early hands-on experience with
Halo 2 while awaiting the stroke of midnight. Toys "R" Us Times Square will open
its doors at midnight on November 9, giving gamers a chance to pick up the very
first copy of Halo 2 for Xbox® in North America. For more information, please
visit www.ToysrusTimesSquare.com

Pushing the Xbox hardware to its
very limits, Halo 2 will expand on everything that made the original game great,
plus add a wealth of technological and gameplay advances. Significantly improved
graphics, enhanced artificial intelligence (AI), an advanced real-time lighting
engine and destructible interactive environments are just a small part of Halo
2’s evolution of design and technology. Every improvement in Halo 2 is designed
to take gameplay to a new level — and in the end, to tell a more compelling
story.

Utilizing Xbox Live to redefine
online play, Halo 2 delivers superior online multiplayer capabilities. Whether
playing with a clan on a new multiplayer map, boarding a friend’s Warthog,
dogfighting in Banshees or checking player stats, Halo 2 will bring the social
experience to a higher level via Xbox Live. More information about Halo 2 is
available at http://www.halo2.com/

Bungie was founded in 1991 with two
goals: to develop games that combine brilliant technology, beautiful art,
intelligent stories and deep gameplay, and then sell enough of those games to
achieve the real goal of total world domination. Over the past 10 years it
produced games like the "Marathon Trilogy" and the first two "Myth" games,
hailed as classics by critics and gamers around the world. "Halo: Combat
Evolved," its latest game, has achieved phenomenal success on the Microsoft Xbox
video game system. More information on Bungie can be found at
http://www.bungie.net/

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™.