TORONTO, ON May 9, 2007—Microsoft Game Studios today announced that the eagerly awaited and innovative first-person shooter (FPS) “Shadowrun” has gone gold and will begin hitting retailers throughout North America on May 29. From renowned developer FASA Studio, the team that brought you the Xbox LIVE launch title “MechAssault®,” and the lead designer behind the original “Halo®,” Shadowrun incorporates ancient magic and advanced technology into strategic and clever team-based gameplay for an unparalled combat experience.

Utilizing both the Xbox LIVE and Games For Windows LIVE network, “Shadowrun” tears down the walls between friends and gamer communities on the Xbox 360 and Windows Vista-based PC by letting as many as 16 gamers play together, regardless of platform*. Not only does “Shadowrun” bring these communities together, it also extends the features gamers love on Xbox LIVE, such as gamertags, achievements, friends lists and integrated voice communication, onto the PC through Games for Windows — LIVE. “Shadowrun” is optimized for a multiplayer online experience which requires an Xbox LIVE Gold account on Xbox 360 or Silver account on Games for Windows – LIVE. “Shadowrun” will ship with nine unique maps and an additional three map variations, showcasing dynamic environments set in a futuristic Santos, Brazil, and its neighbouring, ancient Ziggurat. Shadowrun” includes six training chapters, allowing gamers the opportunity to fine-tune their strategy and lethal combinations against the intuitively smart and talented A.I. bots. Gamers can also play with bots at four levels of difficulty on every map and with every game type.

After a 5,000-year absence, magic has returned to the world of “Shadowrun.” It is 2031 and global corporations battle a relentless ancient order to harness this reawakened power. Be a part of the RNA, a global mega-corporation, and bring order (and profit) to a world of chaos. Or join the Lineage to keep magic wild and free at all costs. Choose a side and wage war for the future of magic in the new world of “Shadowrun.” Players vie for supremacy in an intense FPS experience in the “Shadowrun” universe, that rewards cleverness, cunning and split-second improvisation through a unique combination of modern weapons, ancient magic and advanced technology.

Humans, elves, dwarves and trolls can pick up “Shadowrun” for the estimated retail price of $69.99 CDN for Xbox 360 and $59.95 CDN for Windows Vista. “Shadowrun” is rated “M” for Mature, for gamers 17 years old and above.

About FASA Studio

Steeped in a deep history of innovative online games, FASA Studio is composed of the extraordinary talent that brought gamers “MechWarrior;” “MechAssault,” the first game to debut on the Xbox LIVE service; and “Crimson Skies” for the PC and Xbox. Leading the design team on “Shadowrun” is John Howard, who was also lead designer on the first “Halo.” Just as “Halo” broke ground in being the first great shooter on the console platform and the first to integrate vehicles into an FPS, together FASA Studio and Howard will again break new ground with “Shadowrun” by being the first to successfully implement gameplay-changing mechanics such as Teleport, Enhanced Vision and Glide, as well as creating the first-ever FPS that connects players on Xbox 360 to Windows gamers.

About Microsoft Game Studios

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox® and Xbox 360 video game systems, the Windows® operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse games for Windows (, including such franchises as “Age of Empires®,” “Flight Simulator” and “Zoo Tycoon®”; Xbox and Xbox 360 (, including such games as “Gears of War” and franchises such as “Halo,” “Fable®,” “Project Gotham Racing®” and “Forza Motorsport®”; and MSN® Games (, the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as “Bejeweled” and “Hexic®.”

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