– One Step Closer To Becoming The Galaxy’s Most Notorious Criminal with Development Complete on Anticipated New Game –
– ‘Assault On Dark Athena’ Brings Riddick into Multiplayer Realm for First Time with Six Intense Online Combat Modes –
– Xbox LIVE Demo Available Now, PlayStation 3 Demo Coming Soon –
– 23 March 2009 – Atari, one of the world’s most recognized video game publishers, today announced that development is complete on the exciting new installment from the Riddick franchise, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena.
Developed by the acclaimed team at Starbreeze Studios in conjunction with Tigon Studios and Universal Pictures, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena features a brand new 11 hour chapter in the Riddick saga with six intense online multiplayer game modes including the unique and thrilling Pitch Black mode. In addition to the full Assault on Dark Athena campaign, the disc includes a stunning HD remastering of celebrated title The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.
The game is scheduled for launch on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC, April 24th worldwide.
Comments about The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena from gaming media include:
“One of the best stealth games ever seen.” – The Games Machine, Italy
“The flow and the variation of the game is perfect.” – Level magazine, Sweden
“If you’re thinking this is just a rehash of an old game you couldn’t be more wrong.” – Official PlayStation Magazine, Australia
“The ingenious mix of stealth and uncompromising action is what blows us away.” – GamePro, Germany
“Riddick keeps you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the end.” – Power Unlimited, Benelux
“Futuristic fighting has never looked this good.” – Official Xbox Magazine, Australia
“An amazing adventure.” – Micromania, Spain
“Some of the best scripting, character animation and voice acting you will ever see in a videogame.” – Total Film magazine, UK
“A wonderful blend of genres.” – Gamereactor, Denmark
“I can’t stop playing it! Fun and entertainingly mean.” – PC Action magazine, Germany
“A worthy follow up that builds upon the strong foundations of the original in every conceivable way.” – IGN, UK
“Is it a remake, new campaign or multiplayer extension? Answer: all three!” – PC Gameplay, Benelux
“It looks like this game will be the first big game of 2009.” – Gunk, Benelux
“Offers all of the elements that made the first game so great, and the voice acting, set pieces, and new combat elements added even more.” – Gamespot, UK
“We’ve never seen a game where the fighting and changing weapons was so natural and so intuitive.” – Games Guide, Benelux
“Two great brutal games in one package.” – PSM3 Magazine, UK
In The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena the player takes the role of Riddick, as played by Vin Diesel, using stealth and action to overcome the merciless crew of the predatory Merc-ship Dark Athena which awaits its prey in the dark reaches of space. Cheating death through a series of spectacular battles and events, Riddick will fight for his life amid a storm of malevolence and horror. The Chronicles of Riddick series of games takes the player deeper into the universe of Universal Pictures’ films The Chronicles of Riddick and cult classic Pitch Black, which first introduced Vin Diesel as enigmatic anti-hero Riddick.
Starbreeze Studios has created an exciting and original multiplayer component in The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. The game features six multiplayer modes, including the original and inventive Pitch Black mode and intense Butcher Bay Riot. Unlike traditional MP modes, Pitch Black features a nerve-wracking stealth hunt through the darkness. A six player mode on all maps, five players take the role of Mercenaries trying to hunt down and kill Riddick across levels swathed in darkness, with only weapon-mounted flashlights to see by. Butcher Bay Riot presents a fast paced three team mode, in which 12 players split into teams of Guards, Prisoners and Mercenaries fight over a power cell.
The Xbox 360 playable demo of The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is available now for download worldwide, with the PLAYSTATION®3 demo available now in North America and coming soon to Europe. Featuring the Athena Main Decks level, the demo showcases the evocative art style and breadth of the gameplay contained in the game, including brutal melee combat, nerve-rattling stealth, and high-powered gunplay. Among other gameplay elements, the demo also lets players try one of the game’s unique features, controlling a Drone, while classic Riddick cut-scenes bring the harsh Riddick universe into sharp focus.
Featuring a tense and brutal new adventure, a high-definition re-work of the classic Escape from Butcher Bay campaign and exhilarating multiplayer gameplay, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena launches worldwide in April 2009.
For more information visit the game’s official website at http://atari.com/riddick/
About The Chronicles of Riddick
The Chronicles of Riddick was released in 2004 by Universal Pictures, in association with Radar Pictures and One Race Films, Vin Diesel reprised his star-making Pitch Black role of enigmatic anti-hero Richard B. Riddick in this science fiction action-adventure epic,. The Chronicles of Riddick also starred Colm Feore, Alexa Davalos, Karl Urban, Linus Roache, Thandie Newton and Dame Judi Dench.
In the film’s storyline, Riddick has spent the last five years on the move among the forgotten worlds on the outskirts of the galaxy, eluding mercenaries bent on collecting the price on his head. Now, the fugitive finds himself on planet Helion, home to a progressive multicultural society that has been invaded by the Lord Marshal, a despot who targets humans for subjugation with his army of warriors known as Necromongers.
Exiled to a subterranean prison where extremes of temperature range from arctic nights to volcanic days, Riddick encounters Kyra, the lone survivor from an earlier chapter in his life. His efforts to free himself and Kyra lead him to the Necromonger command ship, where he is pitted against the Lord Marshal in an apocalyptic battle with possibly the fate of all beings-both living and dead-hanging in the balance.
Written and directed by David Twohy, The Chronicles of Riddick was produced by Scott Kroopf and Vin Diesel. Ted Field, George Zakk and David Womark served as executive producers.
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About Tigon Studios
Founded by Vin Diesel in 2002, Tigon Studios is a game and film production company that strives to break new ground in interactive entertainment by combining key film components with unique game play, cutting-edge technology and high production values. Tigon Studios focuses on creating entertainment franchises with strong story and character that work fluidly as both games and films, designing and producing properties simultaneously.
About Starbreeze Studios
Based in Uppsala, Sweden, Starbreeze Studios is an award winning developer of bleeding edge technical, artistic, and gameplay experiences. Founded in 1998, the company today employs more than 90 people from all over the world. Assault on Dark Athena will be the 6th game from Starbreeze, after their much anticipated release of “The Darkness” which hit shelves in June of 2007 for both the PLAYSTATION 3 and the Xbox 360.
About Infogrames Entertainment and Atari
The Infogrames group, including the Atari brand and the massively multiplayer online game company Cryptic Studios, is a global producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for all market segments and all interactive game platforms including consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, advanced smartphones, Personal Computers, web and online. Its games are sold in more than 60 countries through an international distribution network and direct to consumers via www.atari.com.
Atari’s extensive catalogue of popular games is based on original franchises (Test Drive, Alone in the Dark, V-Rally, My Horse & Me, Backyard Sports franchise, Total Annihilation, Outcast etc.), Cryptic Studios titles (StarTrek Online, Champions Online), publishing properties (Ghostbusters, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Witcher, Race Pro etc.), international licenses (Dragon Ball Z, Dungeons & Dragons, Jamie Oliver etc.) and classic games covering the entire history of the video game industry (Pong, Missile Command, Asteroids etc).
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