INFOGRAMES, INC. DOMINATES STORE
SHELVES THIS WEEK WITH ALONE IN THE DARK: THE NEW NIGHTMARE
The Survival Horror Franchise That
Started It All Is Back To Terrorize You Once Again…
LOS ANGELES, CA – June 29, 2001
– It’s what you fear… Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFGM) a leading global
publisher of interactive entertainment software, announced today that Alone in
the Dark™: The New Nightmare™ began shipping to stores this week for
PlayStation®, Personal Computer and Game Boy® Color. Edward Carnby, the famed
supernatural detective, is back in his fourth installment of the franchise, and
this time it will take more than his trusty pistol to keep him alive!
“Alone in the Dark (AITD) is the
ultimate survival-horror game that for years the industry has tried to mimic,”
said Tom Richardson, director of marketing for Infogrames, Inc.’s Los Angeles
label. “With the newest incarnation of the series already reaching the #1 spot
in Europe and the tremendous sell-in we’ve had in the US, it proves that Alone
in the Dark still has the formula necessary to entice the fans. Consumers have
been clambering to get their hands on Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare ever
since the title was announced.”
In AITD: The New Nightmare, two
diverse adventures await players as they assume the role of either Edward Carnby
or Aline Cedrac, a determined young archaeologist, and its up to them to reclaim
three ancient tablets before the ultimate evil is unleashed on Shadow Island.
Throughout the game, Carnby and Aline are faced with mysterious puzzles, demonic
monsters, and disturbing events taking place. To provide clues for difficult
situations, or comic relief to break the suspense, players can summon the other
character via walkie-talkie any time throughout the game.
As in the first three Alone in the
Dark titles, AITD: The New Nightmare stays true to its successful formula of
innovative camera angles, suspenseful in-depth storylines inspired by the works
of H.P. Lovecraft, and 3D characters set in graphically amazing backgrounds.
AITD: The New Nightmare features over 1200 pre-rendered backgrounds, each
recreated with varying levels of light, and utilizes sophisticated lighting
technology, with the flashlight being the most prominent example. The flashlight
serves as a key gameplay element which players can use as a weapon to deter
light-sensitive foes, to illuminate rooms void of light switches, or to shine
into corners that often hide secret items in their shadows.
Insiduous creatures inhabit the
island, lurking in dark corners, drop from the ceiling, or wait in the open
anxiously anticipating your next move. To combat them, Carnby and Aline gain
access to highly innovative light-based weapons, including Carnby’s
Photopulsar, emitting a blast rendering everything in its path dead and the user
temporarily blinded, and Aline’s Disc-Launcher, a rapid fire gun emitting
magnesium-coated discs great for damaging enemies at close or long range.
Making the game even more immersive
for players, AITD: The New Nightmare uses an extensive music score, including
the original theme song of the game composed by Stewart Copeland, appropriately
titled, “Alone in the Dark”. A five-time Grammy Award winner for his work
with the renowned rock band The Police, Stewart Copeland has brought his
distinctive sound to the movies in a series of inventive film scores and now
offers his talents to the interactive entertainment industry. Mr. Copeland
combined hard-edged rhythmic riffs from electric guitar and acoustic bass with
rich sultry effects from electronics along with lyrics that captured the essence
of the game’s spine-tingling plot.
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare
for PlayStation and PC were developed by DarkWorks and by Pocket Studios for
Game Boy Color. The game began shipping to most major retail stores this week
with an estimated retail price of $39.95 for PlayStation and PC, and $29.95 for
Game Boy Color.
Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFGM) is a
leading publisher and distributor of video games for consoles (Sony, Sega,
Nintendo, and Microsoft), personal computers and Macintosh systems. The company’s
award-winning franchises include Alone In The Dark, Driver, Deer Hunter, Test
Drive, and Unreal. Infogrames Inc.’s Humongous Entertainment division is a
leader in children’s entertainment software and its Macintosh publishing
label, MacSoft, is the number one publisher of Macintosh entertainment software.
Based in New York, NY, Infogrames, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of
France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (IESA) (Euronext 5257) and serves as
the headquarters for the company’s operations in North America.
Founded in 1983, IESA is a global
publisher and distributor of video games for all platforms, as well as
interactive digital television, mobile smart devices (WAP, HDML) and in-flight
entertainment systems. IESA recently acquired Infogrames Interactive, Inc.
(formerly Hasbro Interactive), including its line of software based on
well-known licenses such as Monopoly, Jeopardy, Tonka, and Atari, which are
distributed in the U.S. by Infogrames, Inc.
For more information, visit
Infogrames’ US Web site at www.us.infogrames.com
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