Gear Up for a Backstage Pass to One of Gaming’s Coolest Development Studios
No ticket gets the same level of access as a backstage pass, and no contest will take gamers closer to the “Gears of War” action like Xbox Live Backstage Pass. On October 27, 2006, two lucky winners from the U.S. will join other winners from around the world at Epic Games in Raleigh, North Carolina for a day of exclusive fun, including:

· A tour of the studio for a behind the scenes look at the creation of “Gears of War” for Xbox 360
· The chance to meet the game's creators, including Lead Designer Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski
· An opportunity to play multi-player “Gears of War” prior to its official release


Prize packages include round trip airfare and hotel accommodations for 4 days and 3 nights for each winner and their guest. “Gears of War” fans can log on to http://xblgearsofwar.onlinepromo.com to register for a chance to win. Registration runs through 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, October 14.

“Gears of War” thrusts gamers into humankind’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, “Gears of War” features cinematic, beautifully rendered interactive environments with high-definition visuals.


About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Raleigh, NC 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 3D action games Unreal and Unreal Tournament, both award-winning blockbuster hits having each sold more than one million copies. Epic is also responsible for the Unreal Engine, which is the underlying technology for a wide range of games including, 2002 Console Game of the Year winner, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell ™ by Ubi Soft; PC Gamer’s 2000 Game of the Year, Deus Ex from Ion Storm/Eidos; America's Army: Special Forces, by the United States Army, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PC) by Electronic Arts. Additional information can be obtained through Epic'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 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®.”

About Xbox Live
Xbox Live is the first and only unified online entertainment network seamlessly integrated throughout the entire console experience, making it easy for people to find the friends, games and entertainment they want from the moment they power on their Xbox 360 system. Xbox Live connects millions of members across 24 countries to enjoy hundreds of multiplayer games, downloadable games via Xbox Live Arcade, free and premium playable game demos, music videos, and movie trailers, as well as new game levels, characters and vehicles for all their favorite retail games. More information can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/en-us/live.

Gears of War is a registered trademark of Epic Games, Inc. All rights reserved.
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