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Press Release: Microsoft Game Studios and Remedy Partner in Delivering "Alan Wake"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 2006/05/09

MICROSOFT GAME STUDIOS AND REMEDY PARTNER IN DELIVERING "ALAN WAKE "

Psychological action thriller slated as exclusive for Windows Vista and Xbox 360

Today at Microsoft's E3 press conference, Microsoft Game Studios confirmed it will publish "Alan Wake," the highly anticipated psychological action thriller by the renowned and successful developer, Remedy. The title will be made exclusively for Windows and the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system.

"We are truly excited about the opportunity to work with the gifted and experienced Remedy team," said Frank Pape, Senior Director of Business Development at Microsoft. "Our teams are dedicated to pushing the envelope of the gaming experience for Windows and the Xbox 360 with 'Alan Wake.'   Millions of gamers have come to expect highly innovative and compelling content from Remedy and Microsoft Game Studios is proud to partner with them on this phenomenal title."
 
"Partnering with Microsoft Game Studios creates a complementary blend of talents and a shared passion to create something incredible," said Petri Järvilehto, Creative Director at Remedy. "We put a lot of effort into finding the best publisher match for our game and the Remedy team. As a result, we are thrilled to work with MGS to make 'Alan Wake' the game it deserves to be and to continue our track record of success."
 
Set in the deceptively idyllic town of Bright Falls, Washington, "Alan Wake" places gamers in the role of the best-selling suspense author, Alan Wake. He escapes to this small town to recover from the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée. In Bright Falls Wake comes face to face with his darkest nightmares.

"Alan Wake" immerses players in an intense and expansive cinematic world that enables players to roam freely in hyper-realistic, dynamic and interactive environments. "Alan Wake" is mission-based with a deeply engaging and suspenseful storyline unveiling new twists and profound character revelations at every turn. Players will unravel the riveting plot through character interactions, unique problem-solving and intense combat against terrifying enemies. In this nightmarish world, Alan Wake must use a variety of weapons to survive, including his most powerful ally against the creatures of darkness -- light itself.

About Remedy

Remedy Entertainment Ltd. (www.remedygames.com) is a privately held developer of cinematic action games and franchises. Remedy is based in Espoo, Finland. Remedy has developed critically acclaimed and top-selling action franchises. "Alan Wake" and "Remedy" are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Remedy Entertainment Ltd.


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 (http://www.microsoft.com/games), including such franchises as "Age of Empires®", "Flight Simulator" and "Zoo Tycoon®"; Xbox and Xbox 360 (http://www.xbox.com), including such games as the upcoming "Gears of War" and franchises such as "Halo®", "Fable®", "Project Gotham Racing®" and "Forza Motorsport™"; and MSN® Games (http://www.games.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as "Bejeweled" and "Hexic®".

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