Atari Ships Test Drive: Eve of Destruction; Based on Actual Extreme Racing Events and Featuring Music From The Island Def Jam Music Group And Universal Music Group
BEVERLY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 24, 2004--Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATAR) announced today that Test Drive(R): Eve of Destruction has shipped to retailers throughout North America and is available for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.
"Test Drive(R) is a world recognized brand in the racing genre featuring some of today's hottest music and Atari is proud to release the exciting next chapter, Test Drive: Eve of Destruction," said Nancy MacIntyre, Vice President of Marketing for Atari's Beverly Studios. "This over-the-top racing game allows players to break the rules and race how they want to race - wide open, peddle to the floor, putting all challengers on their bumpers."
"We are thrilled to work with Atari on Test Drive: Eve of Destruction," said Carmen Liu, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing & Development, The Island Def Jam Music Group. "Video games are a great place to introduce a wider audience to developing artists like Autopilot Off, Thrice, and Thursday and at the same time gives platinum acts like Sum 41 and Hoobastank a valuable outlet for their music outside of radio."
Since its unveiling, gaming media have been raving about Test Drive: Eve of Destruction:
-- "Test Drive: Eve of Destruction delivers more fender annihilation than you can imagine." 4.5 out of 5 review score - GamePro Magazine, October issue
-- "This game has arcade-style madness written all over it." IGN.com
-- "We haven't seen a demolition-derby game this feature packed and fun since the original Destruction Derby by Psygnosis." - Official Playstation Magazine, September issue
Video games are a great place for labels to launch up-and-coming bands and to rediscover new music by favorite artists.
Featured on the Test Drive(R): Eve of Destruction soundtrack will be:
Artists and Songs:
-- Hoobastank- Out of Control
-- Sum 41- Still Waiting
-- Rob Zombie- Never Gonna Stop
-- Thrice- The Artist and the Ambulance
-- Thursday- Between Rapture and Rupture
-- Auto Pilot Off- What I Want
Test Drive(R): Eve of Destruction is the first Test Drive(R) game to feature: vehicle damage, dirt tracks, crazy events and unorthodox vehicles like school buses, ambulances and hearses. Since its debut in 1987, the Test Drive series has sold through more than $160 million worth of product on console and PC.
Test Drive(R): Eve of Destruction blends the best elements of racing and demolition and is packed with 25 different events, including Demo Derby, where the last car standing wins; Gauntlet, where the player climbs behind the wheel of a hearse and tries to finish a set number of laps while the rest of the field attempts to stop him; Trailer Race, a new brand of racing event, where the player competes while towing various types of trailers and must finish the race with something resembling a trailer still attached. The Xbox version of Test Drive: Eve of Destruction will support the ability to create custom soundtracks using players own music libraries.
Additionally, Test Drive(R): Eve of Destruction offers players a selection of more than 30 nontraditional, custom vehicles, an in-game track announcer and a split-screen multiplayer mode for up to four players.
About The Island Def Jam Music Group
The Island Def Jam Music Group is home to a multi-cultural and diverse family of artists and has fast become one of the most successful labels in the industry. It is comprised of Island Records, Def Jam Recordings and Def Soul, and is in partnerships with American Recordings, Lost Highway Records, Roc-A-Fella Records, The Inc. and Roadrunner Records. The Island Def Jam roster boasts an array of talented artists including Jay-Z, Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Ashanti, Ryan Adams, Nickelback, Musiq, Slipknot, Melissa Etheridge, Method Man, Hoobastank, Ja Rule, Sum 41, Slayer, Patti Labelle, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Saliva, Fefe Dobson, DMX and LL Cool J.
About Universal Motown Records Group
Universal Motown Records Group is a division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 71 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, DreamWorks Records, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Strategic Marketing and Commercial Affairs (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technology division. Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.
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 Drive(R), Unreal(R) Tournament 2004, and Unreal(R) Championship; and mass-market and children's games such as Backyard Sports(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), Civilization(R), Dragon Ball Z(R) and RollerCoaster Tycoon(R). 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.