Microsoft Announces Spectacular Windows Vista Title Lineup
LOS ANGELES â May 9, 2006 â Today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft Corp. and top publishers worldwide unveiled the highly anticipated games lineup for the MicrosoftÂ® WindowsÂ® and Windows Vistaâ¢ operating systems. Microsoft also announced plans to bring the Xbox LiveÂ® game and entertainment network to the Windows platform.
Microsoft Game Studios and other leading publishers, including Electronic Arts Inc., NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., THQ Inc. and Funcom, will provide groundbreaking gameplay experiences for Windows Vista gamers across numerous genres, including role-playing games (RPGs), first-person shooter (FPS), real-time strategy (RTS), massively multiplayer online (MMO) and simulation. The showcase lineup for Windows Vista will include the following games:
Â· âAge of Conan: Hyborian Adventuresâ (Funcom) is an online action-RPG with a mix of a deep, story-driven single-player experience and massive and brutal multiplayer end game, bringing to life the ultimate representation of the âAge of Conan.â
Â· âAlan Wakeâ (Microsoft Game Studios) is a psychological action thriller from Remedy Entertainment Ltd. Cited as one of the best titles of E3 2005, âAlan Wakeâ introduces a deeply engaging and suspenseful story line in a free-roaming open world that invites players to unravel the riveting plot and experience intense combat that combines the use of light with more conventional weapons.
Â· âCompany of Heroesâ (THQ) is a World War II RTS from Relic Entertainment, the creators of game-of-the-year winners âHomeworldâ and âDawn of War,â that brings the cinematic intensity and dynamic battlefields of World War II to life through a truly visceral gaming experience.
Â· âCrysisâ (EA) is an original FPS based on new intellectual property developed by Crytek, the makers of the award-winning âFar Cry.â In Crysisâ¢, players battle an invading alien force in a number of environments against a backdrop of rising international tension and rivalries.
Â· âFlight Simulator Xâ (Microsoft Game Studios) is the 10th edition of the popular simulator that immerses players in a beautifully rich and realistic world, offering gamers a completely new and innovative experience with dozens of new aircraft, scenario-based missions and spectacular graphics.
Â· âHaloÂ® 2 for Windows Vistaâ (Microsoft Game Studios), the game that redefined first-person combat and multiplayer action for millions of gamers worldwide, is set to explode onto Windows Vista.
Â· âHellgate: Londonâ (NAMCO BANDAI Games America) is an action-RPG that combines the depth of third-person role-playing games with the action of first-person shooters. Developed by Flagship Studios Inc., which includes the creators of the revolutionary âDiabloâ series, the game offers infinite playability through dynamically generated levels, items, enemies and events.
Â· âShadowrunâ (Microsoft Game Studios) brings the Microsoft vision of âLive Anywhereâ to life. âShadowrunâ¢â from FASA Studio is the first cross-platform game for Xbox 360â¢ and Windows Vista. It is a multiplayer, FPS that propels team-based combat into a new dimension with a revolutionary blend of modern weaponry and ancient magic. âShadowrunâ will be available when Windows Vista is launched.
Groundbreaking DirectX 10 Graphics Unveiled
In addition to highlighting showcase titles at E3, Microsoft previewed the incredible graphic capabilities of the companyâs latest games-programming technology: DirectXÂ® 10. The release of DirectX 10 heralds an astonishing leap in graphic fidelity over todayâs hardware, enabling the most realistic and immersive games yet. With up to six times the performance of earlier versions of DirectX and support for massively more complex and intense environments, DirectX 10 will debut exclusively on Windows Vista. In addition to broad publisher support, DirectX 10 is backed by leading graphics hardware companies including ATI Technologies Inc. and NVIDIA Corp.
Windows Vista Key to Live Anywhere Vision
Under Microsoftâs Live Anywhere vision, announced by Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates on stage today, the power of the Xbox Live games and entertainment network will storm onto the Windows platform. This vision will first arrive on Windows Vista this winter with the release of âShadowrun.â Published by Microsoft Game Studios, âShadowrunâ will be shipped simultaneously on Windows Vista and Xbox 360, enabling cross-platform gameplay and continuing to bridge the gap between consoles and computers.
The new online network will provide Windows Vista and Xbox 360 gamers with a consistent experience, with one gamertag, one set of achievements, one friends list and voice communications between all Xbox Live members. Bringing the Live Anywhere vision to Windows means that millions of gamers worldwide can access all the best elements of Xbox Live whether theyâre playing on an Xbox 360 system, a Windows-based PC or their mobile phone.
âWeâre incredibly excited to combine the best online innovations from Xbox Live with the platform innovations for which Windows is known,â said Peter Moore, corporate vice president of the Interactive Entertainment Business in the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. âWindows gamers have a lot to look forward to: Xbox Live experiences, revolutionary DirectX 10 technologies in Windows Vista and some of the best games in the world â all on Windows.â
Support for Games for Windows
In addition to delivering next-generation games for Windows Vista, industry leaders continue to deliver great games on todayâs Windows platform. Microsoft Game Studios and third-party publishing partners are previewing a broad range of games for Windows on the show floor at E3:
Â· âAge of Conan: Hyborian Adventuresâ (Funcom)
Â· âAge of EmpiresÂ® III: The WarChiefsâ (Microsoft Game Studios)
Â· âBattlefield 2142â (EA)
Â· âCall of Juarezâ¢â (Ubisoft)
Â· âCompany of HeroesÂ®â (THQ)
Â· âCrysisâ (EA)
Â· âDesperate Housewives The Gameâ (Buena Vista Games)
Â· âF.E.A.R.â¢ Extraction Pointâ (Vivendi)
Â· âFlight Simulator Xâ (Microsoft Game Studios)
Â· âHellgateâ¢: Londonâ (NAMCO BANDAI Games America)
Â· âHeroes of Might & MagicÂ® Vâ (Ubisoft)
Â· âNeverwinter Nightsâ¢ 2â (Atari Inc.)
Â· âRise of NationsÂ®: Rise of Legendsâ¢â (Microsoft Game Studios)
Â· âShadowrunâ (Microsoft Game Studios)
Â· âSiN Episodesâ¢: Emergenceâ (Ritual Entertainment)
Â· âThe Shipâ (Outerlight Ltd.)
Â· âTitan Questâ¢â (THQ)
Â· âVanguard: Saga of Heroesâ (Sigil Games Online Inc.)
New Games for Windows Brand Identity
Microsoft unveiled a new Games for Windows brand identity that will help consumers identify high-quality titles for the Windows platform. Moore reiterated Microsoftâs commitment to supporting Windows as a first-class gaming platform and a key consumer scenario for Windows. Evidence of this commitment to gaming on Windows can be found in the new Games Explorer in Windows Vista, the worldwide Games for Windows marketing campaign, and a strong retail initiative to promote the Games for Windows platform.
âFirst-class platforms deserve first-class treatment, and weâre investing in Games for Windows like never before,â said Moore. âWeâll make certain consumers can easily discover and enjoy the exciting lineup of Windows titles, today and in the future.â
Cross-Platform Wireless Accessories
Microsoft is expanding its wireless line of Xbox 360 cross-platform game peripherals to the Windows platform with the introduction of the Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows. Gamers will be able to use the Universal Serial Bus (USB) wireless receiver with Windows XP- or Windows Vista-based computers to enjoy racing games, sports games and other titles that work best with the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller, Xbox 360 Wireless Headset and Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel. Todayâs announcements follow the release of the companyâs first cross-platform controller: the wired Xbox 360 Controller for Windows that shipped in fall 2005.
About Games for Windows
Microsoft Windows is the most popular operating system in the world for games, delivering the widest range of titles, the most gaming hardware choices, and advanced gaming technology for players of all types. With Windows as the cornerstone, the Games for Windows platform offers publishers and gamers the most enjoyable and innovative gaming experiences available on a PC. More information can be found online at http://www.gamesforwindows.com.
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