Atari offers a first look at tomorrow's warfare with upcoming real-time strategy game, Act of War: Direct Action

Atari Collaborates With New York Times Best-Selling Author Dale Brown and Eugen Systems on 2005 PC Blockbuster

BEVERLY, Mass., Aug. 13, 2004 -- Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) today unveiled details behind the upcoming near-future, geopolitical techno-thriller Act of War(TM): Direct Action for PC. Developed by Eugen Systems and with a storyline and game universe created in cooperation with Dale Brown, 15-time New York Times best-selling author and expert on US military, global conflict and future military technology, Act of War(TM): Direct Action is scheduled to be released in Spring 2005.

"Atari continues to strengthen its PC product portfolio with exceptional triple-A quality titles like Act of War," said Nancy MacIntyre, vice president of Marketing and Public Relations, Atari's Beverly studio. "With Dale Brown's unique expert insights into future military technology, and Eugen Systems' technical expertise and refreshing approach to the interactive entertainment industry, Act of War is well positioned to earn a spot among the top real-time strategy brands on the market."

"The world is changing to the point where terrifying worldwide events portend a frightening view of the future," explained Dale Brown, best-selling author. "Act of War: Direct Action is more than just a realization of this new world -- it shows how continued technological innovation and strong leadership can overcome the spectre of terror in our lives."

Act of War(TM): Direct Action tells a highly realistic, near-future story of a US elite force fighting an international plot to overthrow the current world order. While offering a "First Look at Tomorrow's War", Act of War(TM): Direct Action takes you through a frightening and believable reality filled with suspense, international intrigue and geopolitical military conflict, wrapped in a top-quality strategy gaming experience.

Act of War(TM): Direct Action offers players the opportunity to zoom in and engage in the battle from street level perspective on urban battlefields such as San Francisco, Washington DC, London and Moscow, with incredible detail and without slowing down any of the action. Act of War will feature a single-player story mode and various multiplayer modes including 8-player online skirmishes.

About Atari

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

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