SHARE THE WILD RIDE WITH ATARI'S ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON 3 AND MICROSOFT PHOTO STORY
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 to Include Photo Story, Allowing Players to Create Digital Photo Slideshows for the First Time
LONDON, UK - 12 October 2004 - Atari announced today that its highly anticipated RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3 game will include innovative new photo features and a full version of Microsoft Photo Story, which will enable players to tell the story of their park experience and share it with their friends.
In RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 players can create and share elements of their parks and roller coasters found in previous versions of the series like never before. In addition, owners of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 will be able to create customised park guests, groups of their friends, fireworks shows and guest photos, as well as CoasterCam and park videos directly from the game. New scenery items called Photo Spots can be placed in a park and enable park guests, "Peeps," to pose for the camera. In addition, cameras can be placed directly on roller coasters to take shots of guests as they ride. These in-game photos are then easily transferred to the Photo Story software included on the RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 disk so that players can create a digital slideshow of their experience by adding music, narration and pan and zoom effects which can then be shared with friends and family via email, CD, VCD or posted online.
"Players sharing their coaster creations and their experience of the game with others has always been an important part of the RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise," said Martin Spiess, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Atari Europe. "By making use of the intuitive Photo Story software and the Windows XP environment, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 players can share much more than their roller coasters, such as fireworks, Photo Stories and movies."
"Windows XP enables some of the best gaming innovations and makes it easy for anyone to enjoy great multimedia experiences," said Susan Kittleson, group product manager for Windows at Microsoft Corp. "Atari's RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 showcases this innovation by allowing game players to bring their creations to life with Photo Story."
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 features stunning 3D graphics, a CoasterCam that lets players "ride the rides," a Fireworks MixMaster to create fireworks displays, dozens of new rides and themed attractions, a Peep Designer, VIPeeps, a Sandbox Mode, customisable music, day and night cycles, and the ability to save photos and movies of your park.
Photo Story lets users create fun and exciting digital slide shows from their pictures. With Photo Story, users can add motion effects, music, and narration, and save their experience as a digital slideshow that can be viewed with Windows Media Player 7 or higher, or other programs that support playback of Windows Media Video 9 files (WMV). Because Photo Story uses advanced Window Media compression, Photo Stories are small enough to easily share via e-mail and post to the web.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is being developed by Frontier Developments, Ltd. and has a European in-store date of 5 November. Customers who pre-order the game from participating retailers will receive a "Coaster Pack" that contains three professionally designed coasters that were created exclusively for RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and are only available through the pre-sell program. Additional details and a downloadable demo of the game are available at www.rollercoastertycoon.com.
About Frontier Developments, Ltd.
Frontier and its founder, David Braben, have a long association with Chris Sawyer going back to 1987, when Chris first worked on PC versions of the famous "Elite" and "Virus" games. Frontier has for many years used its own cutting-edge 3D game engine on both PC and console titles. The company has a strong track record of creating both innovative 'own-IP' games and original high-quality titles that give a faithful treatment of existing brands. The company's most recent two console games gathered three prestigious BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nominations between them ("Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo" on PlayStation®2, Xbox, GameCube and PC, based on Aardman Animations Ltd.'s multiple Oscar®-winning duo; and the novel, award-winning "Dog's Life" published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe on PlayStation®2). Frontier employs approximately 60 people, and has offices in Cambridge and Ely in the UK.
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, Unreal Tournament, Test Drive, Roller Coaster Tycoon, etc.) and international licenses (Mission Impossible from Paramount, Men In Black, Superman, Matrix, Terminator and Dragon Ball Z).
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