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Witcher finally goes gold

by: Chuck -
More On: The Witcher
Atari announced today that The Witcher has gone gold and will hit stores on October 30th.  I've been a big fan of the game since seeing it at the 2006 E3 and I think RPG fans are really going to be digging the game when they get their hands on it.  Between the amazing visuals and complex plot I think CD Projekt could have a hit on their hands.

- Highly Anticipated PC Action Role-Playing Game Set to Ship October 30 in North America -

NEW YORK, October 18, 2007 – Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR), one of the world’s most recognized brands and a third-party video game publisher announced today that The Witcher has gone gold and is scheduled to ship to retailers in North America on October 30. Developed by CD Projekt, The Witcher is a Games for Windows title and will be available exclusively for the PC.

The Witcher transcends traditional fantasy role-playing by throwing players into a unique fantasy world rife with modern social issues such as terrorism, political intrigue and racism where the lines between good and evil are blurred. Based on a fictional world created by best-selling Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher casts players as Geralt, a legendary monster slayer and master swordfighter with supernatural abilities and reflexes.

“Not only does The Witcher shine with its stellar action gameplay, its thought provoking storyline riddled with mature social issues is sure to get gamers talking,” said Larry Liberty, Senior Producer, Atari, Inc. “We're confident that The Witcher will prove to be one of the most acclaimed RPG titles this Fall.”

“Creating The Witcher was a huge challenge, but also an adventure. Our task was to create a game with an incredibly involving story and a credible world – a role-playing game that we ourselves would like to play,” said Michał Kiciński, CD Projekt Joint CEO. “We approached this task with no compromises. Thanks to that The Witcher is not just another RPG. It’s a piece of work that in many respects changes and extends the typical canon of such games. It’s quite a brave approach, however I believe that thanks to that attitude The Witcher will bring much freshness into the genre and, of course, will give the players all around the world lots of joy and positive emotions. And we couldn’t have asked for a better publishing partner than Atari. We’re very happy that The Witcher will join Atari’s stable of fantastic role-playing games.”

The Witcher presents a fresh approach to traditional role-playing, blending an expansive, twisting plotline – in which the impact of individual decisions can drastically alter the outcome of the game – and fast-paced combat against a wide variety of foes. With highly detailed graphics, countless motion-capture animations and spectacular visual effects, The Witcher delivers brutal action, deep role-playing options and an intriguing story which will enthrall any player who dares to take on the formidable role of Geralt.

For more information about The Witcher visit www.thewitcher.com and for more details about Atari’s entire product line up visit www.atari.com.

About CD Projekt
Founded in 1994, CD Projekt is one of Eastern Europe's largest game distributors, with offices in Warsaw, Prague and Budapest. The company specializes in localization and publishing role-playing games, having brought such hits as Baldur's Gate, Diablo, Neverwinter Nights and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind to the Polish market. In September 2003, the company’s development branch, CD Projekt RED, announced its first internally developed game, The Witcher®. More information about CD Projekt can be found online at www.cdprojekt.com.

About Atari, Inc.
New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is a third-party publisher of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre- defining franchises such as Test Drive®; and mass-market and children's franchises such Dragon Ball Z®. Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR-0000052573), an interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit http://www.atari.com.