NEW YORK, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) today announced that Indigo Prophecy, a suspense-filled adventure video game, has shipped to retailers nationwide. Known as Fahrenheit in Europe, Indigo Prophecy tells the story of a man whose destiny is irrevocably altered when he unwillingly commits a brutal murder. Through the use of branching storylines and multiple character perspectives, players embark on an immersive adventure on par with a Hollywood thriller. Developed by Quantic Dream, Indigo Prophecy is available for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxÂ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and personal computers running the Windows operating system.
Reviews of Indigo Prophecy from industry media have shown widespread enthusiasm and overwhelmingly positive scores:
* 8.9 out of 10 " ... much too clever and unique to pass up"
Official Xbox Magazine, November 2005
* 8.5/9.0/8.5 out of 10 " ... unquestionably innovative and genuinely
Electronic Gaming Monthly, November 2005
* 8.25 & 8.5 out of 10 "For tight storytelling, subtle chills, and
gameplay that raises the stakes of each encounter, Indigo Prophecy is a
thankful step in the right direction for adventure games"
Game Informer, October 2005
* 8.5 out of 10 " ... entertains, immerses, and inspires, all the while
forcing you to rethink what a 'game' is"
PSM: 100% Independent PlayStation Magazine (PSM), November 2005
* 85% "A classic adventure pumped up with massive doses of adrenaline"
PC Gamer, November 2005
"Indigo Prophecy has already received high accolades from the gaming community and we are extremely excited to share this cinematic thriller with the world," said Marc Metis, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Atari, Inc. "Indigo Prophecy's riveting storyline and innovative cause-and-effect gameplay should make it one of the surprise hits of the year."
In Indigo Prophecy, New York City is stunned by a series of mysterious murders, all following the same pattern: ordinary people are killing absolute strangers in public areas. Lucas Kane becomes another one of these murderers when he suddenly kills a stranger in a men's bathroom. Covered in blood, Lucas regains consciousness with no recollection as to why he committed murder. Hunted by police, Lucas must uncover the dark forces behind his crime before being incarcerated for life.
By encouraging players to assume the role of multiple characters and experience the game from multiple viewpoints, Indigo Prophecy allows players' actions to affect the plot by offering a scenario-driven interactive experience -- each and every decision made by the player will impact how the in-game story unfolds. Through motion picture techniques such as actor direction, multi-camera views, motion tracking and a contextual music score, players find themselves intimately immersed in the game.
Developed by Quantic Dream and written by David Cage, Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit is rated 'M' for Mature by the ESRB and was available in Europe on September 16 and will be available in North America after September 20 on the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Windows for a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information on the game, please visit http://www.indigoprophecy.com.
About Quantic Dream
Founded in 1997, Quantic Dream developed Omikron - The Nomad Soul(TM) for PC and Dreamcast in 1999 and featured original music and acts composed by international star David Bowie. Beginning in 2000 through 2002, Quantic Dream devoted two years in creating the production infrastructure and technology needed to develop code for the next-generation console systems - Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy will be the first product created using these new and innovative tools. Quantic Dream boosts one of the most advanced state-of- the-art motion capture systems in Europe and offers its services and expertise to the film, television and video game industries. For additional information, please visit http://www.quanticdream.com.
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 franchises such as DRIVER(TM), The Matrix(TM), Stuntman(TM) and Test DriveÂ®; and mass-market and children's franchises such as Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), and Dragon Ball ZÂ®. 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.
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