BEVERLY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 2, 2004--Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) has announced that World War II is in your hands with the launch of the real-time strategy game, Axis & AlliesÃ‚Â®. Developed by TimeGate Studios with creative input by Larry Harris, creator of the popular Axis & Allies strategy board game that inspired tabletop generals and history enthusiasts worldwide, Axis & Allies for PC CD-ROM is available at retail stores nationwide.
"Axis & Allies is a brand that is synonymous with strategy gaming," said Peter Matiss, Director of Brand Marketing for Atari's Beverly Studio. "TimeGate Studios has created an innovative RTS masterpiece that reinvents the Axis & Allies experience without losing the touchstones of what makes the board game one of the most popular tabletop games worldwide."
"I'm proud of how Atari and TimeGate Studios have applied the core elements of strategy and historical relevancy from the board game and applied them to the next generation of Axis & Allies," said Larry Harris, creator of the Axis & Allies board game. "A real-time strategy game is an ideal way for wargamers to see the entire global conflict unfold and then experience the key battles of World War II from the battlefield perspective in the real-time strategy mode.
About Axis & Allies
In Axis & Allies players have the ability to change the course of history as they experience one of the most epic conflicts in the history of mankind, World War II. With five of the world's most powerful countries - Japan, England, USA, Germany or Russia - battling for control, players will be able to direct the military and economic destiny of any one of them to change the outcome of the war. Axis & Allies captures not only the intensity of combat but also the strategies and tactics employed by top generals and soldiers in the heat of battle.
Axis & Allies will feature such unique gameplay elements as branching campaigns that offer strong replayability; full command of land, sea and air units in real-time; the ability to extend your realm of control and maintain your ability to supply troops and units; interact with historically accurate leaders of era and online play with skirmish mode.
Dynamic Campaign - Lead one of the five WWII superpowers to world domination. Each time you play the war will unfold in a different way so no game is ever played the same twice.
Linear campaigns - Play the Allies through historical missions or play the Axis through a "what-if" alternative history.
Command land, sea and air units in real-time; each superpower features authentic and unique units.
Control and defend your mobile Headquarters and supply lines to keep your soldiers fighting strength and replenished.
Interact with Leaders of the era and use their special abilities to tip the momentum of battle in the players favor: Rommel, Eisenhower; Yamamoto, Zhukov and Montgomery.
Play online with skirmish and instant action modes.
Developed by TimeGate Studios, creators of the 2001 Strategy Game of the Year--Kohan.
About TimeGate Studios, Inc.
Founded in 1998 by a team of successful businessmen and avid gamers, TimeGate Studios has exploded onto the gaming scene with the release of the critically acclaimed Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns. Since its release in 2001, Kohan has won over 30 awards, including the coveted "Strategy Game of the Year" award from top gaming publications. TimeGate's stellar reputation continues to thrive as it develops multiple AAA, cross-platform titles for several leading publisher in the industry.
New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) 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 DriveÃ‚Â®, UnrealÃ‚Â® Tournament 2004, and UnrealÃ‚Â® Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), CivilizationÃ‚Â®, Dragon Ball ZÃ‚Â® and RollerCoaster TycoonÃ‚Â®. 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 www.atari.com.