ATARI Launches Official Neverwinter Nights 2 Web Site
- Sequel to Atari’s Multimillion-Selling Neverwinter Nights Scheduled for September 2006 Release –
LYON, FRANCE – 13 April 2006 – Atari and Obsidian Entertainment today announced that the official web site for the highly-anticipated Neverwinter Nights™ 2, www.nwn2.com, has gone live. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment for the Windows platform and set for a September 2006 release, Neverwinter Nights 2 is set in the popular DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® Forgotten Realms® universe created by Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. and will transport players back to the embattled city of Neverwinter. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS is under license from the Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro.
The Neverwinter Nights franchise has sold more than two million copies worldwide, is translated into 10 languages, sold in more than 40 countries and features one of the largest and most active fan communities in all of gaming. To date, fans of the franchise, which includes Neverwinter Nights, Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide™ and Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark™, have created nearly 4,000 modifications to the original game using the award-winning Aurora Toolset, the groundbreaking software included with the full game that allows players to create their own universes, quests and storylines.
NWN2.com will provide fans with a host of information about the highly-anticipated game, including: a featured Monster of the Week, profiling important and interesting foes the player will encounter in Neverwinter Nights 2; the latest screenshots and gameplay movies; exciting trailers and video interviews; active forums and community outreach from the development team at Obsidian Entertainment; as well as, regular news and information updates.
“NWN2.com has been set up as the first port of call for all fans of Neverwinter Nights to check out a tonne of regularly updated new character and game information for Neverwinter Nights 2,” said Feargus Urquhart, CEO of Obsidian Entertainment. “Also, the lively NWN2 forums have been going strong for more than a year and a half, so get involved and stay in touch.”
Neverwinter Nights 2 will continue the tradition and set new standards in the role-playing genre (RPG) with an even deeper and more engrossing storyline, tremendously immersive character development, stunning graphics and an expansive multiplayer experience like none before it.
Neverwinter Nights 2 Product Highlights:
Rise in Power, Responsibility, and Renown – The player’s journey not only expands their personal power, but also their political power. The protagonist rises through the ranks of Neverwinter society and can even become a lesser noble of Neverwinter – a full knight with land and title. The player lords over a mighty stronghold, he commands a small army and he is the last line of defence for Neverwinter itself.
Cities Are Alive – The cradles of civilization are teeming with life. Children play through the street, farmers lead their animals around and passers-by walk on their mysterious business. Players will even stumble upon numerous one-time events, such as a thief robbing a commoner. In addition, frequented locations, such as the city of Neverwinter itself, will change rather dramatically between chapters.
Epic Battles – A number of new and exciting boss battles feature in the game. There will be plenty of creatures that simply require brute force to defeat, but strategically placed throughout the story are a few more memorable boss battles that will provide defining game moments. This variety will ensure that epic key boss battles will be more challenging, more memorable, and most importantly, more entertaining.
Neverwinter Nights 2 is scheduled for release in September 2006. More information about Neverwinter Nights 2 can be found at www.nwn2.com, which includes user forums, project news, development updates and more.
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About Obsidian Entertainment
Obsidian Entertainment, Inc. is a premier software development company passionately dedicated to creating high quality, next generation role-playing games for PC and console systems. More information about Obsidian Entertainment can be found online at www.obsidianent.com.
About Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is a worldwide leader in the trading card game and tabletop roleplaying game categories, and a leading developer and publisher of game-based entertainment products. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading card games and their method of play (TCGs) and produces one of the world’s best-selling TCGs, Magic: The Gathering, as well as the celebrated Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. Publisher of adventure games, family card and board games, and electronic media products, Wizards of the Coast is also one of the world’s premier book publishers of fantasy series fiction whose novels have made numerous appearances on The New York Times best-seller list and have sold millions of copies worldwide. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast website at wizards.com.
Forgotten Realms, Dungeons & Dragons, Neverwinter Nights and Magic the Gathering are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast in the USA and other countries.
About Hasbro, Inc.
Hasbro (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.
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.).
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