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Microsoft ignites blockbuster games excitement and
unveils more magic for Kinect at gamescom 2011

momentum grows as Xbox 360 continues to transform entertainment for everyone


COLOGNE, Germany –
August 16, 2011 –

Today, Microsoft raised the curtain on gamescom 2011, unveiling a stellar line
up of compelling new content for Xbox 360 across the biggest blockbuster games and
Kinect titles launching in the next 12 months, marking the biggest year in Xbox
360’s history while pushing to become the best-selling game console worldwide.


Chris Lewis, vice president
Interactive Entertainment Business for Microsoft Europe, said, “We’ve been very
clear that our ambition is to be the number one console not only in Europe but
worldwide, and looking at our lineup at gamescom while knowing what’s still in
the pipeline, I’m confident we have the games and experiences to drive us
toward that goal. Consumers of all ages continue to be captivated and
entertained by everything Xbox 360 and Kinect have to offer and our commitment
to the core remains undeniable.” 


Xbox 360 is the home for
blockbuster games

Opening Wednesday, August 17, 2011, Microsoft’s
presence on the gamescom show floor will reaffirm Xbox 360 as the platform to
play this holiday’s top games and promises to thrill core gamers with
blockbuster titles and content available exclusively on Xbox 360, including the
multi-million selling “Gears of War” franchise playable in Germany for the very
first time. Following a successful USK 18+ approved rating, “Gears of War 3” will
hit shelves beginning September 20, allowing fans in Germany and around the
world to load up their Lancers and join Marcus Fenix and his fellow COG
soldiers as they race to rescue the human race from the jaws of extinction. Setting
the standard for the racing genre this holiday on the Xbox 360 platform and
Kinect, car lovers will be blown away as “Forza Motorsport 4” takes centre
stage exclusively at the Xbox 360 booth with the worldwide debut of the 2012
BMW M5. The team at Turn 10 Studios will also reveal F1 track favourite, the Hockenheim
Ring, joining the host of circuits available when “Forza Motorsport 4” speeds
to store shelves across Europe on October 14, 2011. Fans of the popular Xbox exclusive and first-person shooter
franchise, “Halo,” will be the first in the world to compete on classic
multiplayer maps Beaver Creek and Damnation in the iconic, remastered “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary,” launching
on the franchise’s 10th anniversary, November 15, 2011.


Building on
the strength of Microsoft’s portfolio, the industry’s best developers and
publishers will showcase some of the best game experiences found on Xbox 360
with their latest blockbuster titles including “Call of Duty®: Modern
Warfare® 3,” “Assassins Creed Revelations®”, “EA SPORTS™ FIFA
12,” and “The Elder Scrolls® V: Skyrim™.”   Set to release exclusively for Xbox
360 and Kinect, Capcom will continue to demonstrate its commitment to pushing
the boundaries of game development and showcasing new Kinect features for
“Steel Battalion Heavy Armor” exclusively to media ahead of its release in


Controller-free magic
continues with Kinect

will also provide an opportunity for Microsoft to highlight the breadth and
depth of its game and entertainment portfolio, reaching core and family consumers
alike. Kinect for Xbox 360, in conjunction with popular entertainment brands, will
breathe life into the characters that touched our hearts, the worlds that
captivated our imaginations, and the stories that defined generations for the
whole family. For the first time anywhere in the world, attendees will be able to
wreak havoc as the fearsome Rancor monster in “Kinect Star Wars” destroying Mos
Eisley, crushing Stormtroopers, and swatting X-Wing fighters out of mid-air. “Kinect:
Disneyland Adventures” “Kinect: Disneyland Adventures” allows families to
experience the magic of a trip to Disneyland park from the comfort of their
living room. In addition to the already revealed adventures from Pirates of the
Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan’s Flight, consumers will now also
experience Matterhorn Bobsleds, Enchanted Tiki Room and Jungle Cruise. Together
with “Sesame Street: Once upon a Monster,”
which is playable at the show and allows families to interact with beloved “Sesame
Street” characters like Elmo and Cookie Monster, Xbox 360 is bringing iconic
scenes and characters to life like never before through the power of Kinect.


to highlight the breadth of Kinect gaming experiences, Microsoft will also
showcase “The Gunstringer,” an artistic character-based shooter for core gamers
which utilizes Kinect in a fresh new way. “The Gunstringer” will arrive in
stores in Europe on September 16, 2011, bundled with a token for Xbox LIVE
Arcade and “Summer of Arcade” title “Fruit Ninja Kinect.”


This year also sees the launch of the successors to three
of Kinect for Xbox 360’s best-selling titles, “Dance Central 2,” “Kinect
Sports: Season Two,” and “Kinectimals Now with Bears!”  The launch of "Dance Central 2" on
October 21, 2011, will give movers and shakers the chance to strut their stuff
with the introduction of full body two-player simultaneous dance tracking, a
deeper one- or two-player campaign experience, and an improved fitness mode. “Dance
Central 2's” fresh, must-have soundtrack will feature more than 40 songs on
disc, with support for more than 100 tracks. If that isn’t enough, music fans
will also be thrilled to hear international superstars
like Lady Gaga and popular European artists such as Lena, Enrique Iglesias and Daft Punk will join the
tracklist with hit songs “Born This Way”, “Satellite”,
“I Like It” and “Technologic”. During the show, sports fans will also be
the first to experience two all-new sports, Tennis and Darts, celebrated by a
controller-free set with five-time Grand Slam tennis star Martina Hingis. “Kinect
Sports: Season Two” releases to the cheers of the crowd beginning October 25,
2011. Animal lovers across the globe will be able to bring home new furry
friends in “Kinectimals Now with Bears!” on October 11, 2011, but the fun
doesn’t end there. Coming this fall, “Kinectimals” fans can take their favorite
cubs beyond the living room to care for and train while on-the-go.
“Kinectimals” for mobile will deliver all of the fun of the original
“Kinectimals,” using touch screen controls to feed, pet, play, train and
nurture on-the-go from their Windows Phone while also enjoying Xbox LIVE
integration of Achievements and Leaderboards.


Xbox 360 booth will also play host to a range of new titles from leading games
publisher Ubisoft which continues to harness the power of Kinect in ever more
exciting ways.  gamescom guests can immerse themselves in the forthcoming
‘Your Shape® Fitness Evolved 2012’, which hits shelves on November 10, 2011 and
uses precise, real-time and full-body tracking to put your body in the game for
the ultimate ‘at home’ work out.  If they conserve enough energy, visitors
to the booth can annihilate the forces of evil in ‘PowerUP Heroes’, a full-body
fighting game which turns your Xbox 360 avatar into a powerful superhero ready
for a cosmic combative showdown and launches on October 6, 2011.  The
booth will also feature a demo for the upcoming ‘Rabbids® Alive & Kicking,’
a Kinect-exclusive mini game collection which sees players halting Rabbids from
invading the living room using an Augmented Reality feature with Kinect's
camera, when it launches on November 3, 2011. 


Microsoft will also debut a host of new content from
across the portfolio as Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and Games for Windows continue to
bring the best in interactive entertainment to living rooms around the world


  • Kinect Fun Labs: Microsoft captured the
    world’s imagination at E3 2011 with the announcement of Kinect Fun Labs, a
    dedicated hub showcasing the latest Kinect innovations.  The latest Gadget, “Air Band,” introduces new
    Augmented Reality technology to Kinect and places you on stage as the star of
    your living room with a guitar, drums or keyboard. “Air Band” will be unveiled
    at gamescom and available in Kinect Fun Labs on August 22, 2011.


  • Xbox LIVE Arcade: A wave of new content
    for Xbox LIVE Arcade playable for the first time at the Xbox booth including
    first looks at “Skulls of the Shogun” and “Trials Evolution,” the highly-anticipated
    sequel to “Trials HD.” XBLA fans will also be able to get their hands on “Iron
    Brigade” – also known as “Trenched” - which will be released in Europe this


  • Games for Windows: The launch of free-to-play
    PC title “Age of Empires Online” both online and in retail. Starting today,
    consumers worldwide can take advantage of two limited time offers for premium content
    bundles for the game. Players can purchase a Season’s Pass to get all of the
    game’s premium content for six months at a 30 percent discount, or take
    advantage of the opportunity to get the Defense of Crete Booster Pack for free
    with the purchase of the Greek and Egyptian Premium Civilizations.


  • Games for Windows Phone:
    on a year of success as one of the most used features on Windows Phone, Xbox
    LIVE is poised to deliver great additions to its games portfolio and new
    features that will make it easier to get into your games, find new titles,
    connect with friends, and see where they stand amongst the leaderboards. In
    addition to a new look and feel to the Games hub, the upcoming Mango update to
    Windows Phone will allow users to unlock in-game Avatar Awardable items and
    purchase add-on content. gamescom attendees will also get a sneak preview of a
    diverse and exciting collection of new Xbox LIVE games coming to Windows Phone later
    this year, including the quirky “Chickens Can’t Fly” and the mobile companion
    to “Toy Soldiers: Cold War” which features a series of three mini games
    mirroring the recently released Xbox LIVE Arcade title.


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