As the threat of Emergence Day approaches, Microsoft Game Studios today announced the first of many tools to combat the impending Locust Horde -- a â€œGears of Warâ€ Fan Site Kit, that is now available for download at the game's official community site (http://www.gearsofwar.com/). The 102 MB download contains all the means necessary to help â€œGears of Warâ€ fans build a fan site in preparation for Emergence Day. The kit contains concept art, forum avatars, screenshots, desktop wallpaper, and much more.
â€œGears of Warâ€ thrusts gamers into humankindâ€™s epic battle for survival against the Locust Horde, a nightmarish race of creatures that surface from the bowels of the planet. Blending the best of tactical action games with the best of survival horror titles, â€œGears of Warâ€ features cinematic, beautifully rendered interactive environments with high-definition visuals. â€œGears of Warâ€ will launch on Emergence Day 2006.
About Epic Games
Epic Games Inc., based in Raleigh, N.C., and established in 1991, is a developer of cutting-edge computer and video games. The company is best known as the creator of hit PC 3-D action games â€œUnrealâ€ and â€œUnreal Tournament,â€ both award-winning blockbuster hits having sold more than 1 million units each. Epic is also well-known as creator of the Unreal Engine, which it has licensed to several major game developers. To date over 10,000,000 games have been sold that utilized Epicâ€™s Unreal Engine technology, and the number is growing steadily each year. Before its 3-D success, Epic Games was well-known for the hit shareware games â€œJill of the Jungle,â€ â€œJazz Jackrabbitâ€ and â€œEpic Pinball.â€ Additional information can be obtained through Epicâ€™s Web site at http://www.epicgames.com.
About Microsoft Game Studios
Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the XboxÂ® and Xbox 360â„¢ video game systems, the WindowsÂ® 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 â€œAge of EmpiresÂ®,â€ â€œFlight Simulatorâ€ and â€œZoo TycoonÂ®;â€ Xbox and Xbox 360 (http://www.xbox.com), including such games as the upcoming â€œGears of Warâ€ and franchises such as â€œHaloÂ®,â€ â€œFableÂ®,â€ â€œProject Gotham RacingÂ®â€ and â€œForza Motorsportâ„¢â€; and MSNÂ® Games (http://www.games.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as â€œBejeweledâ€ and â€œHexicÂ®.â€