Act of War to help fill the RTS void

by: Chuck -
Is it me or is there something of an RTS game in the market right now? Fear not as Atari has send Act of War to stores. It's more of a modern RTS thriller but the real key to the game is that the plot was written by Dale Brown who's actually written some really good military books over the years.
ATARI SHIPS ‘ACT OF WAR: DIRECT ACTION™

Stunning Graphical Advancements in Real-Time Strategy Gameplay
Benchmark the Next Generation of Interactive Entertainment

BEVERLY, MA, March 15, 2005 – Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) today announced that Act of War: Direct Action™, a near-future, techno-thriller for personal computer, featuring a story created by New York Times best-selling author Dale Brown has shipped to retailers nationwide.

“Atari is excited to see this innovative game make its debut on retail shelves nationwide,” said Wim Stocks, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Atari. “This is an opportunity for Atari to answer the call from consumers worldwide who want more from their interactive entertainment experience.”

Media Reaction:
• “Act of War is a next-gen RTS, but it doesn't ignore the history of the genre. It's an evolution more than anything else.” – CBSNEWS.com
• “One of the Top Ten PC Games To Watch in 2005.” – Game Informer Online
• “Gorgeous in-your-face modern combat sim that features brilliant cut scenes and an amazing story.” – Gamedaily.com

Act of War: Direct Actionâ„¢ is a graphically stunning and frighteningly plausible tale of suspense, international intrigue and geopolitical military conflict. Through a techno-thriller story constructed by military expert and author Dale Brown, this real-time strategy experience puts players squarely in control of counterterrorist forces to defend cities of the world. As commander of a newly formed anti-terror military unit known as the Talon Task Force, players will need to recruit combat units, develop technologies, manage finite resources, and deploy their forces against a cunning and ruthless terror network.

Developed by Eugen Systems with a storyline and game universe created in cooperation with Dale Brown, New York Times best-selling author and expert on US military, global conflict and future military technology, Act of War: Direct Actionâ„¢ is available now for personal computer at retailers nationwide at a suggested retail price $49.99.

For more information please visit: www.atari.com/actofwar.

About Dale Brown
Dale Brown is the author of more than 15 New York Times bestsellers, including Plan of Attack (available in January 2005), his most recent novel starring his intrepid hero, Patrick McLanahan. His next book, Act of War (due out in June 2005), launches an unforgettable new series lead by a young new hero named Jason Richter. This surefire thriller combines geopolitics, terrorism, and plenty of action as it takes readers deep into the new world of intelligence-focused warfare like never before. A former U. S. Air Force captain, Brown can often be found flying his own plane over the skies of Nevada. He lives near Lake Tahoe. To learn more about Dale Brown and his books, visit his web site at: www.dalebrown.info.

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.
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