NEW YORK, April 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) today unveiled Act of War: High Treason, the sequel to the critically-acclaimed, geopolitical techno-thriller real-time strategy (RTS) game, Act of War: Direct Action. Developed by Eugen Systems, Act of War: High Treason is loaded with new features, including modern-day naval combat and mercenaries. Act of War: High Treason is for the Windows platform and beginning today is available for digital distribution exclusively with IGN Entertainment's Direct2Drive http://www.direct2drive.com . A boxed version of the game will be available at select retail locations in May 2006.
Act of War: High Treason will take gamers to the next level of RTS action with future battlefields located all over the world, putting gamers in direct command of huge armies of high-tech warriors and modern day weaponry. New features include 35 additional units and upgrades, modern naval combat, fully customizable multiplayer games, mercenary units, improved control system, revised aircraft and artillery, an entirely new campaign set in a new real-world location, new maps, and additional multiplayer enhancements.
"With an all-new campaign and a host of new features and upgrades, including expanded multiplayer options and naval combat, Act of War: High Treason further raises the quality bar for modern-day RTS games," said Steve Tucker, director, brand marketing, Atari Inc. "By offering it initially via digital download in partnership with Direct2Drive, the leading digital delivery destination for PC gamers, Atari is making it an easy battle for gamers to get into."
"We are thrilled to partner with Atari in the digital distribution of Act of War: High Treason," said Jamie Berger, general manager, consumer products, IGN Entertainment. "Act of War: Direct Action was a critical hit in the industry and we believe the sequel will attract many more fans."
Act of War: High Treason features a 34 mission single player campaign and advanced multiplayer options allowing gamers to customize battles to match their preferences. Act of War: Direct Action was one of the big PC surprise newcomers of 2005 with unanimous critical acclaim in both U.S. and Europe. Act of War: High Treason is set to follow the glowing example set by its predecessor. For more information please visit http://www.atari.com/actofwar .
About IGN Entertainment
IGN Entertainment, a unit of Fox Interactive Media, Inc., is a leading Internet media and services provider focused on the videogame and entertainment enthusiast markets. Collectively, IGN's properties reached more than 33 million unique users worldwide in the month of December 2005, according to Internet audience measurement firm comScore Media Metrix.* IGN's network of videogame-related properties (IGN.com, GameSpy, FilePlanet, TeamXbox, Direct2Drive and others), is the web's number one videogame information destination and attracts one of the largest concentrated audiences of young males on the Internet. IGN also owns and operates the popular movie-related website, Rotten Tomatoes and one of the leading male lifestyle websites, AskMen.com. In addition, IGN provides technology for online game play in videogames. IGN is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices throughout the U.S. and in Montreal.
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) (Enter The Matrix and The Matrix: Path of Neo), 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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