BEVERLY, MA - November 23, 2004 - RollerCoaster TycoonÃ‚Â® 3 has taken the #1 spot on the "Top-Selling PC Software" list for the week ended November 6th (according to data from The NPD Group) and sales continue to climb, Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) announced today. One of the few mass-appeal PC games to hit retail stores this holiday season, this highly-anticipated sequel to the best-selling RollerCoaster TycoonÃ‚Â® franchise stands out from the pack with all new features that build upon the fun and addictive nature of the original games. RollerCoaster Tycoon is the #1 Tycoon franchise, having sold more than eight million units life-to-date worldwide*.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 includes stunning 3D graphics, the ability to ride more than 220 rides with the CoasterCam(tm), enhanced park guests and characters, a Fireworks MixMaster(tm), a Sandbox Mode and many other new features.
Developed by Frontier Developments, Ltd. of Cambridge, England, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is rated 'E' for Everyone and is currently available at retail stores nationwide for a suggested price of $39.99. Additional information about the franchise can be found on the official site, www.atari.com/rollercoastertycoon.
About Frontier Developments, Ltd.
Frontier and its founder, David Braben, have a long association with Chris Sawyer going back to 1987, when Chris first worked on PC versions of the famous "Elite" and "Virus" games. Frontier has for many years used its own cutting-edge 3D game engine on both PC and console titles. The company has a strong track record of creating both innovative 'own-IP' games and original high-quality titles that give a faithful treatment of existing brands. The company's most recent two console games gathered three prestigious BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nominations between them ("Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo" on PlayStationÃ‚Â®2, Xbox, GameCube and PC, based on Aardman Animations Ltd.'s multiple OscarÃ‚Â®-winning duo; and the novel, award-winning "Dog's Life" published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe on PlayStationÃ‚Â®2). Frontier employs approximately 70 people, and has offices in Cambridge and Ely in the UK.
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 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 5257), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.
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*Over 6.3 million units in the U.S. through October 2004 according to The NPD Group, Inc.