At a pre-E3 press briefing held in Los Angeles, Microsoft have announced their plans for Xbox Live during the next year, and also the official release date for Halo 2 - November 9th.

This autumn will also see the launch of the Xbox Live Arcade, which appears to be a form of the basic games available on their MSN Messenger service such as poker, hearts and bridge, but boosted by a number of other offerings such as Namco's Dig Dug and Galaxian.

An updated Xbox-exclusive release schedule was also announced by Microsoft Games Studios, which will see Sudeki released this summer, Fable and Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict following by Christmas, and a whole raft of titles during the first six months of 2005 including Kameo: Elements of Power, MechAssault 2: Lone Wolf, and Conker: Live and Reloaded which will feature a completely re-created single player version of Conker's Bad Fur Day.

Advanced racing simulation Forza Motorsport was also detailed by Microsoft Game Studios - the Xbox Live enabled game is penciled in for release during the Winter of 2005, and you can read more about the features and Human AI along with a selection of screenshots in our Forza Motorsport article.

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