LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The franchise that helped create the space combat genre is preparing all flight systems as Atari, one of the world's most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, brings the iconic Star Raiders® to next generation platforms. The return of Star Raiders will combine tense aerial assaults and dogfights with a compelling new storyline, striking visual style and exhilarating single and multi-player gameplay. Atari will look to recruit a new generation of gamers when Star Raiders shoots onto the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC Download in early 2011.
Originally introduced in 1979, Star Raiders blazed an all new trail, becoming the first ever first-person space combat title. The game inspired several generations of "space combat simulation" titles throughout the 80's and 90's. The exciting new take on this Atari treasure will pay tribute to the original while ushering in an all new, captivating episodic experience. It will offer familiar battle elements including space warps and galactic tactical maps with all new features like radical battle transformations and customizable ships.
"Star Raiders has long been an important milestone in Atari's history as it paved the way for first person shooters and 3D games," says Jim Wilson, President of Atari. "Our new Star Raiders game updates this legendary shooter with new features, a striking visual style and co-op and multiplayer gameplay."
Moreover, the all-new Star Raiders will bring powerful online play to the franchise for the first time. Co-op campaigns and competitive team-based multiplayer will enthrall both original and new fans.
ABOUT ATARI, SA
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Atari benefits from the strength of its worldwide brand and its extensive catalogue of contemporary classic game franchises (Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Lunar Lander®), original owned franchises (Test Drive®, Backyard Sports®, Deer Hunter®), MMO games from Cryptic Studios (Star Trek™ Online, Champions™) and third party franchises (Ghostbusters®, Rollercoaster Tycoon®, Dungeons and Dragons®). Atari also leverages the power of its franchises to deliver movies and merchandise to consumers around the world.
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ABOUT Incinerator Studios
Founded in 2005, Incinerator Studios is a leading independent development studio in the interactive entertainment industry. Incinerator has developed games for the multi-million unit selling franchises Disney/Pixar's Cars and Nickelodeon's SpongeBob, as well as the MX vs. ATV series for THQ, for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Located in Carlsbad, CA, Incinerator Studios employs a diverse, creative team comprised of top industry veterans.