Gears of War 2 special-edition 120GB Zune

Pre-orders begin today for Gears of War 2 special-edition Zune digital media player!

REDMOND, WA — October 1, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Zune, the company's end-to-end music and entertainment service, will introduce the Zune Gears of War 2 Special Edition

120GB device with pre-orders going live today in the U.S. at Amazon.com
and Walmart.com. The special edition devices will also be available online at Amazon.ca, BestBuy.ca, FutureShop.ca and TheSource.ca in Canada, for an estimated retail price of $279.991 (U.S./CDN) and will begin shipping to customers starting Nov. 7.

In celebration of the sequel to one of the best-selling Xbox franchises of all time, Xbox and Epic Games Inc. have collaborated with Zune to create this unique portable media player. The Zune Gears of War 2 Special Edition
is based on the new Zune 120GB device and features a laser-etched Crimson Omen on the new gloss black enclosure, collectible Gears of War packaging, and 244 pieces of Gears of War media including the original game soundtrack, behind-the-scenes videos, game trailers and concept art galleries.

"This special edition Zune is a great way for Gears of War fans to carry around all their music and videos while sharing their enthusiasm for the game," said Michael Capps, president of Epic Games.

Gears of War 2 is developed by Epic Games exclusively for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, and will be available worldwide on Nov. 7. Gears of War 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to one of the most popular Xbox games in history, and is poised to be the biggest entertainment phenomenon of the 2008 holiday season.

"Our history of creating special edition Zune devices for our customers helps them stand out from the masses," said Chris Stephenson, general manager of Global Marketing for Zune at Microsoft. "With the huge success of Gears of War and the high anticipation for the sequel, the special edition Zune is a must-have for fans of the game."

Be sure and check out the Gears of War 2 pictures area to see the new Zune!

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