LYON, FRANCE - 17 October 2007 - Atari announced today that the downloadable demo for NAMCO BANDAI Games' Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation has surpassed one million downloads worldwide on the Xbox Live® online game service. Exclusively for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation propels the flight-action genre into the stratosphere with standard-setting graphics, a full section of online multiplayer modes and new gameplay features that provide players with more ways to rule the skies than ever before.
"There's no excuse for anyone with an Xbox Live account not to have tried this demo by now, and hopefully the sheer numbers of people already taking to the skies will encourage those still in the hangar to taxi onto the runway and light 'em up," said Mathieu Piau, Product Manager, Atari Europe. "The demo provides a tantalizing taste of the full-throttle experience gamers will be able to enjoy once the title launches in Europe this November complete with full online multiplayer dogfights."
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation introduces massive "living battlefields" that players must manage to turn the tide of a war that is tearing the country of Emmeria apart. With the new Dynamic Operations System, players can battle across multiple fronts and tackle different objectives as they strategically engage enemies in the land, sea and air. Players can now unleash their full military might upon the opposition with the new Allied Support System, calling in for reinforcements to assist in battle. Across the game's single player campaign, players will be able to purchase and upgrade 15 licensed aircraft, choosing from the world's most advanced and fearsome fighter jets to accomplish air-to-air and ground support missions. In a first for the series, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation introduces online dogfights via Xbox Live, allowing up to 16 players earn their wings in competitive or cooperative game types.
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation is scheduled for European launch in November 2007. For more information about Atari's entire product line up, visit www.atari.com.