NEW YORK, March 27 2008 -- Atari, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ATAR - News), one of the world's most recognized brands and a
third-party video game publisher, today announced the development of
the next chapter in the Neverwinter Nights saga -- Neverwinter Nights™ 2: Order of the Might.
Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, the expansion to the award-winning
Neverwinter Nights 2 is set in the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® Forgotten
Realms® universe created by Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of
Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS - News). DUNGEONS & DRAGONS is under
license from HPG, the licensing division of Hasbro. Neverwinter Nights™ 2: Order of the Might will be available in North America in Fall 2008.
In Neverwinter Nights 2: Order of the
Might, players began a new adventure in the Forgotten Realms.
Ten years after the events detailed in the original Neverwinter
Nights 2, a group of foes - The Order of the Might - tries to take
down the city. Surrounded by a horde of evil might, the player
embarks on an epic adventure that reveals his true destiny. And for
the first time, the players can choose its destiny to be with the "bad" guys!
"Atari's commitment to the Neverwinter Nights
franchise and the enormous community is strong," said Nique Fajors,
Vice President, Sales, Marketing, Atari, Inc. "We are on track to
release the Neverwinter Nights 2 expansion pack this Fall, two years after the launch of Obsidian's outstanding sequel, and are
confident the new features will deliver a role-playing experience that
further engages and satisfies fans."
Set in Neverwinter Nights, Neverwinter Nights 2: Order of the Might
will present players with an exciting new campaign; epic levels; dozens
of new feats and spells; new races, base classes and prestige classes;
new companions; new weapons, armor and crafting options; hordes of new
monsters; and enhanced modding tools.
"Neverwinter Nights 2: Order of the Might
engrossing campaign will conclude the storyline that began in the
original Neverwinter Nights 2 and focus on combat, exploration and
classic D&D dungeon-crawling," said Feargus Urquhart, CEO, Obsidian
Entertainment. "We're also making new advances in story and character
development as well as improving upon the acclaimed companion Influence
System used in both Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith
Lords and Neverwinter Nights 2 : Mask of the Betrayer."
The Neverwinter Nights franchise has sold more than three
million copies worldwide, is translated into 10 languages, sold in more
than 40 countries and features one of the largest and most active fan
communities in all of gaming. To date, fans of the franchise, which
includes Neverwinter Nights, Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide™
Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark™, Neverwinter Nights 2, Neverwinter Nights 2 : Mask of the Betrayer
have created more than 5,000 modifications to the original game using
the award-winning toolset included with the full game that allows
players to create their own universes, quests and storylines.
Neverwinter Nights 2: Order of the Might is scheduled for release in Fall 2008. More information about Neverwinter Nights 2 can be found at www.nwn2.com, which includes user forums, project news, development updates and more.
About Obsidian Entertainment
Obsidian Entertainment, Inc. is a premier software development
company passionately dedicated to creating high quality, next
generation role-playing games for PC and console systems. More
information about Obsidian Entertainment can be found online at www.obsidian.net.
HPG, the licensing division of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS - News),
translates one of the industry's richest portfolios of brands into a
world of fun and excitement for children and adults globally. Through a
host of publishing, digital media, lifestyle and entertainment
platforms, HPG is able to surround consumers of all ages worldwide with
consumer products that expand Hasbro's core brands, such as
TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, MY LITTLE PONY, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE,
TONKA and PLAYSKOOL.
About Atari, Inc.
New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) develops
interactive games for all platforms and is a third-party publisher of
interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+
titles include hard-core, genre- defining franchises such as Test
Drive®; and mass-market and children's franchises such Dragon Ball Z®.
Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames
Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR-0000052573), an interactive games
publisher in Europe. For more information, visit http://www.atari.com.
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