Atari Announces The Matrix: Path of Neo


ATARI
DEVELOPING AND PUBLISHING


THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO

UNDER
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LICENSE


 


Video Game Based on
The Matrix
Trilogy Scheduled for
Holiday 2005 Release on PS2, Xbox and PC

 

 


New York, New York,
February 14, 2005 – Atari, Inc., under an exclusive licensing agreement with
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is developing and publishing
THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO
,
an interactive console and PC game based on the blockbuster motion picture
trilogy THE MATRIX,
THE MATRIX RELOADED
and THE
MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
from Warner Bros. Pictures. 
THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO
is slated for worldwide release in the 2005 holiday season and
will be available on the PlayStation®2 entertainment system, the Xbox®
videogame system from Microsoft, and the PC.


 




THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO

marks the second collaboration of Atari and its Shiny Entertainment
development studio; the Wachowski Brothers, creators of
The Matrix
trilogy; and Joel
Silver, producer of the trilogy.  In May 2003, Atari released
Enter The Matrix
, a parallel
timeline to THE MATRIX RELOADED
and a bridge to THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS,
which debuted at #1 atop gaming charts around the world and has
sold nearly 6 million units worldwide to date. 


 


Set in the
Matrix
universe,
THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO

will enable players to actually play as “Neo,” the central character, and
relive his most important and memorable scenarios from the complete film
trilogy, including the original film, THE
MATRIX
.  Throughout the game, the path the player takes to resolve
each scenario and the resulting consequences will be scripted and directed by
the Wachowski Brothers.  The likenesses of all of the films’ key actors —
including Keanu Reeves (“Neo”), Laurence Fishburne (“Morpheus”), Carrie-Ann
Moss (“Trinity), and Hugo Weaving (“Agent Smith”) — will be featured in
THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO
,
which will also include footage from all three feature films, as well as
THE ANIMATRIX
.


 


“We couldn’t be more
thrilled to be embarking on a new Matrix
project,” said Jim Caparro, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atari. 
“The Wachowski Brothers have created a universe that is uniquely deep and
rich, with virtually limitless creative possibilities, and the interactive
space is the ideal world in which to explore them.  With
The Matrix: Path of Neo
, the
Wachowski Brothers will be giving their legions of fans the best of
everything: the first chance to personally relive Neo’s journey, and the
chance to experience new adventures they cannot yet even imagine.”


 


“I’m very happy to
continue my collaboration with Larry and Andy on all things
Matrix
and beyond,” said Joel
Silver, producer of the Matrix
film trilogy.  “Enter The Matrix
added another exciting chapter to the legend.  I’m thrilled that we are
further expanding and exploring the vast
Matrix
universe through The
Matrix: Path of Neo
.”


 



About
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment


Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment, a Warner Bros, Entertainment Company, is a premier licensor and
a developer of entertainment content for the interactive space across all
current and future platforms, including consoles, PC-based gaming and wireless
applications.


 


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
™,
Enter the Matrix™, Neverwinter Nights™, Stuntman™, Test Drive®, Unreal®
Tournament 2004,


and Unreal
®
Championship
;
and mass-market and children’s games such as
Backyard Sports
™,
Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues™


and Dora the Explorer
™,
Dragon Ball Z®

and RollerCoaster Tycoon
®
Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames
Entertainment SA (Euronext – ISIN: FR-0000052573), the largest interactive
games publisher in Europe.  For more information, visit www.atari.com.

 

™ & Warner
Bros. Entertainment Inc.