Atari Announces E3 2005 Lineup
Leading Third-Party Publisher to Showcase Original Titles and Licensed
Entertainment Properties for Current and Next-Generation Game Systems and PC
NEW YORK, May 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) today revealed the details behind the Company's exciting product lineup that will be on display during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, May 18-20. The offerings span an impressive breadth of genres and content, and includes Test Drive Unlimited, the Company's previously unannounced title for next-generation console systems. Atari is one of the world's largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment and includes hundreds of award-winning titles and industry-leading partnerships with Hollywood and other entertainment giants. E3, the video game industry's largest trade show and exhibition, will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 18-20. "The video game industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in entertainment, and Atari is excited to present a unique E3 line-up that will satisfy every gamer - whether it's the hardcore D&D enthusiasts, anime fanatics, Hollywood and pop-culture aficionados or classic game devotees," said Jim Caparro, chairman and CEO of Atari. "With games slated for launch on PC as well as current and next generation systems, Atari will reinforce their commitment to offering consumers titles with mass-appeal, while building a foundation for a key role in the future of the interactive entertainment industry." Following is the list of Atari's products that will be showcased at E3 this year: The Matrix: Path of Neo (PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PC) Marks the second collaboration between Atari, the Wachowski brothers, creators of The Matrix Trilogy, and Joel Silver, producer of the trilogy. The Matrix: Path of Neo is set in the Matrix universe and allow players to assume the role of Neo and relive his most thrilling and critical moments from all three films. The likenesses of the film's stars including Keanu Reeves ("Neo"), Laurence Fishburne ("Morpheus"), Carrie-Anne Moss ("Trinity"), and Hugo Weaving ("Agent Smith") are all featured, and footage from all three films as well as The Animatrix is also incorporated into the game. Test Drive(R) Unlimited (the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft) Test Drive(R) Unlimited is the ultimate automotive experience for car and bike enthusiasts alike. Visit the most sophisticated car and bike dealers and chose to purchase new vehicles or simply take them for a spin. Collect and trade rare performance parts and customize each vehicle to make it one-of-a- kind. Test Drive(R) Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages. Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure From Atari's partnership with fashion pioneer Marc Ecko and The Collective, Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure represents the culmination of seven years of story and character development by Marc Ecko. Creating its own genre of gameplay by combining combat, action, adventure and sneak, Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure uses a thrilling graffiti-driven framework to tell its story of self-expression and the fight for creative freedom. Dragon Ball Z(R): Budokai Tenkaichi (PlayStation 2) The latest installment in the Dragon Ball Z(R) franchise takes the blockbuster Budokai series of fighting games in a more explosive and authentic direction than ever before. Dragon Ball Z(R): Budokai Tenkaichi, developed by Spike exclusively for the PlayStation 2, is the first DBZ fighter that allows fighting and free flight in non-linear, destructible 3D environments in the air, on the ground and under water. Atari Flashback 2.0 (Plug & Play) In follow-up to their holiday 2004 hit, the Atari(R) Flashback Classic Game Console, Atari debuts the Atari Flashback 2.0. Modeled after the beloved Atari 2600 console, the stand-alone system comes loaded with 40 classic games, including Pong, Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Lunar Lander, Breakout, and Missile Command as well as retro game and arcade classics that have never before been released for the home console. Dungeons & Dragons(R) Online: Stormreach (PC) Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach centers on robust character advancement based on version 3.5 rules, challenging combat and meaningful social play. Players choose and develop a character based on some of the iconic races associated with D&D, including Humans, Elves and Halflings, as well as classes such as Fighters, Clerics, Rogues and Wizards - after which they can socialize, find quests, group together and equip themselves for future battles. In Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, players can travel alone or in parties as they explore the seemingly endless dungeon complexes found beneath and outside of the town of Stormreach. Players will engage in physical and magical combat with hideous foes straight from the pages of the Monster Manual(TM). Battle will be challenging, fast-paced and tactical with a wealth of unique weapon effects and character movements, as well as specific monster behaviors designed to keep combat thrilling action packed. Indigo Prophecy (PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC) Indigo Prophecy is a free-flowing, paranormal thriller from developer Quantic Dream that allows players an unbelievable degree of freedom. In the game, players can assume the role of multiple characters, and based upon their choices and actions, impact the plot via a scenario-driven interactive experience. Ultimately, they must find out why New York City is turning into the Murder Capital of the futuristic world. Atari's entire lineup of products showcased during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, May 18-20, will be located at booth #4003 in Petree Hall. About Atari New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard- core, genre-defining games such as DRIV3R(TM), Enter the Matrix(TM), Neverwinter Nights(TM), Stuntman(TM), Test Drive(R), Unreal(R) Tournament 2004, and Unreal(R) Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), Dragon Ball Z(R) and RollerCoaster Tycoon(R). Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR- 0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit http://www.atari.com. About Wizards of the Coast Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), is a worldwide leader in the trading card game and tabletop roleplaying game categories, and a leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading card games and their method of play (TCGs) and produces one of the world's best-selling TCGs, Magic: The Gathering(R), as well as the celebrated Dungeons & Dragons(R) roleplaying game. Publisher of adventure games, family card and board games, and electronic media products, Wizards of the Coast is also one of the world's premier book publishers of fantasy series fiction whose novels have made numerous appearances on The New York Times best-seller list and have sold millions of copies worldwide. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast website at wizards.com. 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