Atari Ships 'Arthur and the Invisibles'.
NEW YORK, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atari, Inc. , one of the world's most recognized brands and third-party video game publisher, today announced that Arthur and the Invisibles is now in stores nationwide. Available for PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Windows, Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo DS (TM), Arthur and the Invisibles is directly inspired by the CGI animated film of the same name by world famous film director and writer Luc Besson and features the film's storyline, eye-popping graphics and technical innovations. The film, distributed by MGM/The Weinstein Company, opens nationwide on January 12th.
Arthur and the Invisibles invites players to relive the fantastic adventure of young Arthur and his two pals, princess Selenia and her brother Betameche, in their mission to save the Land of the Invisibles and its inhabitants from destruction. As they move through the Land of the Invisibles, players will encounter extraordinary adventures, menacing enemies, rich environments and varying gameplay elements including driving, fighting, flying and puzzle solving. The game offers an intense enactment of Besson's magnificent adventure while incorporating all of the richness and extraordinary visuals of the film.
"Arthur and the Invisibles is a brilliant adventure game that not only showcases Luc Besson's fantastic universe but further extends it by bringing the on-screen charm and action to an interactive medium that is eye-popping, engaging and extremely fun," said Rick Mehler, Director, Marketing, Atari, Inc. "Arthur and the Invisibles is a rare gem of a game that outshines other titles based on movies."
Arthur and the Invisibles' unique and innovative game structure revolves around the supportive co-op teamwork of the three characters, Arthur, Selenia and Betameche. Players can only progress by cleverly combining the three characters' skills -- Arthur is an acrobat, Selenia a warrior and Betameche a marksman. In solving mysteries and overcoming obstacles, players will realize that anything is possible when you work together.
The PlayStation 2 system, PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, and PC versions of the game were developed by Lyon-and Paris-based Etranges Libellules, creator of several successful animated games, including Asterix XXL and Kirikou. The Nintendo DS game was developed by Neko, and the Nintendo Game Boy Advance version by Mistic. In February, Atari will ship the PSP(R) system version of the game.
For more information about the game and the Arthur universe visit http://www.atari.com/arthur.
About Luc Besson
Writer, director and producer Luc Besson was seduced by the inner workings of the French cinema industry at the age of 17. Following a steady climb through the ranks, during which time he continued to write, he eventually directed his first short film starring an actor he had earlier befriended, Jean Reno. The film, "L'avant Dernier", was the genesis of his first full- length feature entitled "Le Dernier Combat". The film, a silent French science fiction movie shot entirely in black and white, was lauded at the Avoriaz Festival in 1983 winning the jury Grand Prize and critics prize, proving to be the start of a major career. A string of hit films followed, with Besson taking the role of writer, director, and sometimes producer, on movies including "Subway" (1985), "The Big Blue" (1988), "Nikita" (1990), "Leon" (1995), "Nil by Mouth" (Producer, 1997), "The Fifth Element" (1997), "Taxi" (1998), "Joan of Arc" (1999), and "Kiss of the Dragon" (2000) amongst numerous others. In 2001 Besson co-founded a new independent European film studio, EuropaCorp with an impressive remit. In 2002 Besson completed and published the first book in the "Arthur and the Minimoys" series in France generating sales in excess of 200,000. Successful sequels followed with the books now available across the globe. The animated feature film of the same name is currently in production and represents the first European-made 3D animated feature film produced with a Hollywood budget for global release.
EuropaCorp develops, produces and co-produces movies in France and internationally. It handles distribution and publishing in all forms according to a single vertical model. With more than 40 movie productions and coproductions since 2000, EuropaCorp posted consolidated sales of about euro 100 million in the financial year ended 31 March 2005.
The "Buf" company, leaded by his managing directing Pierre Buffin, has been part of the TOP 10 of the best CGI effects creators for motion pictures in the last ten years. Luc Besson and Pierre Buffin collaborated on several commercials and music videos, especially "LOVE PROFUSION" for Madonna. Buf had developed a revolutionary animation programme more than five years ago, which enchanted Luc Besson. And no later than 2001, Buf and EuropaCorp joined forces on this fabulous adventure of ARTHUR AND THE MINIMOYS, which might be the first chapter before ARTHUR 2 and ARTHUR 3, adapted from the already published series of books.
About Etranges Libellules
Established in 1994 and based in Lyon, France, video game development studio Etranges Libellules specialises in the adaptation of existing characters to the world of video games. The high quality of its engineers and the exceptional creativity of its designers and graphic artists has led to the development of successful games based on the universes of Kirikou, Pink Panther and Asterix. By proposing fun, intuitive and innovative gameplay, enhanced by a production process which allows for extreme fine tuning of the products, Etranges Libellules is creating games that have all the ingredients to reach the top of the sales charts. The company recently completed the latest Asterix game, Asterix & Obelix XXL2, which is based on captivating gameplay and a highly original scenario. Etranges Libellules had been chosen by Luc Besson to produce the video game and worked hand in hand with the movie team. Never before have a game and a movie been developed in such close collaboration.
About Infogrames Entertainment and Atari
Infogrames Entertainment (IESA), the parent company of the Atari Group, is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (ISIN code: FR-0000052573) and has two principal subsidiaries: Atari Europe, a privately-held company, and Atari, Inc., a United States corporation listed on NASDAQ (ATAR). The Atari Group is a major international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for all market segments and in all existing game formats (Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.) and on CD- ROM for PC. Its games are sold in more than 60 countries. The Atari Group's extensive catalogue of popular games is based on original franchises (Alone in the Dark, V-Rally, Test Drive, Roller Coaster Tycoon, etc.) and international licenses (Matrix, Dragon Ball Z, Dungeons & Dragons, etc.). For more information: http://www.atari.com/
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