Infogrames, Inc. Brings Its Distinguished Racing Franchise to the Xbox With Test Drive(R)

The Granddaddy of the Racing Genre Makes Its Debut on Xbox(TM) This Fall With

Hot Licensed Cars, Top of the Line Graphics and State of the Art Xbox

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Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Infogrames, Inc.

    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ -- Grab
 the keys and get ready for the test drive of your life this fall with
 Infogrames, Inc.'s Test Drive for the Xbox(TM) video game system. Infogrames,
 Inc. (Nasdaq:   IFGM), is a leading global publisher of interactive
 entertainment software. The company announced today that its top-selling
 racing franchise, the Test Drive series, is coming to Xbox with Test Drive.
 With more than three million copies sold worldwide, the Test Drive series has
 enjoyed tremendous commercial success. Test Drive is the first Xbox title to
 be announced by Infogrames, and will be in stores this Fall.
     "The Xbox video game system supports features and technology that we've
 only dreamed of in Test Drive games of the past," said Chris Downend,
 executive producer of racing titles at Infogrames' San Jose Label. "With the
 combination of highly sought after licensed vehicles, action-packed
 Hollywood-style racing and the exceptional graphics and technical capabilities
 of Xbox, Test Drive will have no limits."
     Test Drive continues the successful formula of the award-winning series
 with players racing some of the world's most sought-after licensed vehicles in
 exotic real-world locations. Whether a player is looking for the prestige and
 strength of an exotic sports car or the raw power and rugged good looks of an
 American muscle car, the game will offer something for every taste. The
 fast-paced Hollywood-style racing action in Test Drive will find players
 blowing through crowded city streets with the cops on their tail as
 pedestrians flee and cross traffic comes at them from every direction.
     With a brand new, built-from-scratch graphics engine, the game will
 utilize numerous cutting edge techniques that maximize visual and audio
 realism. Visually Test Drive will offer HDTV and widescreen (16:9) support
 with dynamic pixel shader effects allowing per pixel lighting, reflection
 mapping and environmental mapping.
     Advanced cloud movements and lighting effects including realistic
 occlusion of the sun and rendering of sunbeams are just a few of the examples
 of Test Drive's visual realism. In addition, the game offers optimized vertex
 shaders using unique-to-Xbox extensions not currently available on other
 gaming platforms. For example, players will see trees realistically bend and
 sway in the wind.
     The superior audio capabilities of Xbox allow Test Drive to offer surround
 sound, 3D positioned for all objects and spot effects, as well as a high
 quality licensed soundtrack. The fully licensed soundtrack will be heard using
 the new Test Drive radio feature. This feature allows players to choose their
 favorite music "genre" and listen to several different songs in that genre as
 if they were listening to a radio station in their own car.
     Some of the cars in Test Drive include the Dodge(R) Viper GTS, Jaguar
 XK-R, Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, Lotus(R) Esprit V8, Nissan Skyline, Ford
 Mustang and Ford GT-40, Plymouth Cuda and Dodge(R) '69 Charger -- with more
 licenses to come.
     Test Drive will have four exotic real world locations to race in. The
 locations are based on real world cities including San Francisco and London.
 Each location will have multiple paths within them and will offer
 gravity-defying jumps, unpredictable cross-traffic, relentless cops, smashable
 street-side objects and reactive pedestrians.
     Test Drive for Xbox is being developed by the Pitbull Syndicate and will
 offer 4-player multiplayer options via split screen. Based in the
 United Kingdom, The Pitbull Syndicate is known for developing Demolition
 Racer(TM) and the highly successful Test Drive(R) 4, Test Drive(R)5 and Test
 Drive(R)6 games. For more information on The Pitbull Syndicate visit
 www.pitbull.co.uk.
 
     About Xbox
     Xbox ( http://www.xbox.com/ ) is Microsoft's future-generation video game
 system that delivers new and unforeseen gameplay experiences. With more than
 three times the graphics performance of the newest generation of game systems,
 Xbox unleashes game designers' creativity to produce games that are
 challenging, exhilarating, surprising and fun.
 
     About Infogrames
     Infogrames, Inc. is a leading publisher and distributor of video games for
 consoles (Sony, Sega, Nintendo, and Microsoft), personal computers and
 Macintosh systems. The company's award-winning franchises include Alone In The
 Dark, Driver, Deer Hunter, Test Drive, and Unreal. Infogrames Inc.'s Humongous
 Entertainment division is a leader in children's entertainment software and
 its Macintosh publishing label, Macsoft, is the number one publisher of
 Macintosh entertainment software.  Based in New York, NY, Infogrames, Inc. is
 a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA
 (Euronext 5257) and serves as the headquarters for the company's operations in
 North America.
     Founded in 1983, Infogrames Entertainment SA is a global publisher and
 distributor of video games for all platforms, as well as interactive digital
 television, mobile smart devices (WAP, HDML) and in-flight entertainment
 systems. With Infogrames Entertainment SA's recent acquisition of Hasbro
 Interactive, the company now boasts a line of software based on well-known
 licenses such as Monopoly, Jeopardy, Tonka, and Atari. For more information,
 visit Infogrames' US Web site at www.us.infogrames.com.
     NOTE:  Xbox and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.
 
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    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ -- Grab
 the keys and get ready for the test drive of your life this fall with
 Infogrames, Inc.'s Test Drive for the Xbox(TM) video game system. Infogrames,
 Inc. (Nasdaq:   IFGM), is a leading global publisher of interactive
 entertainment software. The company announced today that its top-selling
 racing franchise, the Test Drive series, is coming to Xbox with Test Drive.
 With more than three million copies sold worldwide, the Test Drive series has
 enjoyed tremendous commercial success. Test Drive is the first Xbox title to
 be announced by Infogrames, and will be in stores this Fall.
     "The Xbox video game system supports features and technology that we've
 only dreamed of in Test Drive games of the past," said Chris Downend,
 executive producer of racing titles at Infogrames' San Jose Label. "With the
 combination of highly sought after licensed vehicles, action-packed
 Hollywood-style racing and the exceptional graphics and technical capabilities
 of Xbox, Test Drive will have no limits."
     Test Drive continues the successful formula of the award-winning series
 with players racing some of the world's most sought-after licensed vehicles in
 exotic real-world locations. Whether a player is looking for the prestige and
 strength of an exotic sports car or the raw power and rugged good looks of an
 American muscle car, the game will offer something for every taste. The
 fast-paced Hollywood-style racing action in Test Drive will find players
 blowing through crowded city streets with the cops on their tail as
 pedestrians flee and cross traffic comes at them from every direction.
     With a brand new, built-from-scratch graphics engine, the game will
 utilize numerous cutting edge techniques that maximize visual and audio
 realism. Visually Test Drive will offer HDTV and widescreen (16:9) support
 with dynamic pixel shader effects allowing per pixel lighting, reflection
 mapping and environmental mapping.
     Advanced cloud movements and lighting effects including realistic
 occlusion of the sun and rendering of sunbeams are just a few of the examples
 of Test Drive's visual realism. In addition, the game offers optimized vertex
 shaders using unique-to-Xbox extensions not currently available on other
 gaming platforms. For example, players will see trees realistically bend and
 sway in the wind.
     The superior audio capabilities of Xbox allow Test Drive to offer surround
 sound, 3D positioned for all objects and spot effects, as well as a high
 quality licensed soundtrack. The fully licensed soundtrack will be heard using
 the new Test Drive radio feature. This feature allows players to choose their
 favorite music "genre" and listen to several different songs in that genre as
 if they were listening to a radio station in their own car.
     Some of the cars in Test Drive include the Dodge(R) Viper GTS, Jaguar
 XK-R, Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, Lotus(R) Esprit V8, Nissan Skyline, Ford
 Mustang and Ford GT-40, Plymouth Cuda and Dodge(R) '69 Charger -- with more
 licenses to come.
     Test Drive will have four exotic real world locations to race in. The
 locations are based on real world cities including San Francisco and London.
 Each location will have multiple paths within them and will offer
 gravity-defying jumps, unpredictable cross-traffic, relentless cops, smashable
 street-side objects and reactive pedestrians.
     Test Drive for Xbox is being developed by the Pitbull Syndicate and will
 offer 4-player multiplayer options via split screen. Based in the
 United Kingdom, The Pitbull Syndicate is known for developing Demolition
 Racer(TM) and the highly successful Test Drive(R) 4, Test Drive(R)5 and Test
 Drive(R)6 games. For more information on The Pitbull Syndicate visit
 www.pitbull.co.uk.
 
     About Xbox
     Xbox ( http://www.xbox.com/ ) is Microsoft's future-generation video game
 system that delivers new and unforeseen gameplay experiences. With more than
 three times the graphics performance of the newest generation of game systems,
 Xbox unleashes game designers' creativity to produce games that are
 challenging, exhilarating, surprising and fun.
 
     About Infogrames
     Infogrames, Inc. is a leading publisher and distributor of video games for
 consoles (Sony, Sega, Nintendo, and Microsoft), personal computers and
 Macintosh systems. The company's award-winning franchises include Alone In The
 Dark, Driver, Deer Hunter, Test Drive, and Unreal. Infogrames Inc.'s Humongous
 Entertainment division is a leader in children's entertainment software and
 its Macintosh publishing label, Macsoft, is the number one publisher of
 Macintosh entertainment software.  Based in New York, NY, Infogrames, Inc. is
 a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA
 (Euronext 5257) and serves as the headquarters for the company's operations in
 North America.
     Founded in 1983, Infogrames Entertainment SA is a global publisher and
 distributor of video games for all platforms, as well as interactive digital
 television, mobile smart devices (WAP, HDML) and in-flight entertainment
 systems. With Infogrames Entertainment SA's recent acquisition of Hasbro
 Interactive, the company now boasts a line of software based on well-known
 licenses such as Monopoly, Jeopardy, Tonka, and Atari. For more information,
 visit Infogrames' US Web site at www.us.infogrames.com.
     NOTE:  Xbox and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.
 
                      MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X27610931
 
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