LYON, FRANCE - 22 August 2005 - Atari today announced that its upcoming groundbreaking action game TimeShift will ship next spring for the Xbox 360TM video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Currently in development by Saber Interactive, TimeShift is an original first-person shooter offering unprecedented time-control elements that allow players to completely manipulate the flow of time throughout the duration of the game.
"TimeShift is a perfect title for the Xbox 360," said Marc Metis, Senior Vice President, Marketing at Atari. "Powered by Saber Interactive's superior Saber3D engine, TimeShift will take full advantage of the power and functionality of the Xbox 360, especially Xbox LiveTM."
Based in the near future, TimeShift tells the story of renowned test pilot Colonel Michael Swift, who has been tapped by the US Government to test two of the most significant inventions of the century - a time-control device called the Quantum Suit and a time machine called the Chronomicon. Swift is briefly sent back in time to 1911 to plant an experimental probe. Upon his return to the present, the world has changed beyond all recognition, and his knowledge of this timeshift has made him an enemy of the state. Swift is now both on the run and on a mission to set time straight once again and the world's very existence rests in his hands.
TimeShift's unprecedented technology empowers gamers the ability to slow, stop and reverse the flow of time around them while remaining completely unaffected. These first-time ever complex time control scenarios are an integral part of gameplay, and lead TimeShift to take first-person action games in an entirely new direction.
Saber Interactive's proprietary Saber3D game engine includes groundbreaking graphics technology, such as normal mapping to create highly detailed textures and characters, as well as advanced parallax lighting, allowing for realistic depth to environmental textures. The game engine also incorporates futuristic physics technology for in-game objects and characters.
TimeShift will be released in spring 2006 for both Xbox 360 and the Windows platform and for Xbox in summer 2006.
About Saber Interactive
Saber Interactive is a developer of interactive entertainment products for the PC and next-generation consoles. The company is a leader in the research and development of 3D rendering technology and applies its findings to create visually spectacular and unique games. Saber Interactive has developed one of the most sophisticated cross-platform game engines in the industry, the Saber3d Engine. Headquartered in Cranford, New Jersey with a second development office in St. Petersburg, Russia, the company employs an extremely talented team of software engineers, artists and designers with extensive experience in game development. For more information, visit www.saber3d.com.
About Infogrames Entertainment and Atari:
Infogrames Entertainment (IESA), the parent company of the Atari Group, is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (ISIN code: FR-0000052573) and has two principal subsidiaries: Atari Europe, a privately-held company, and Atari, Inc., a United States corporation listed on NASDAQ (ATAR).
The Atari Group is a major international producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for all market segments and in all existing game formats (Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony) and on CD-ROM for PC. Its games are sold in more than 60 countries.
The Atari Group's extensive catalogue of popular games is based on original franchises (Driver, Alone in the Dark, V-Rally, Test Drive, Roller Coaster Tycoon, etc.) and international licenses (Matrix, Dragon Ball Z, Dungeons & Dragons, etc.).
For more information: http://www.atari.com