Atari unveils The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- Posted October 30th, 2008 at 06:05 EDT by
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Atari today announced that first person shooter The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is joining its 2009 publishing and distribution line up. Coming to next generation consoles for the first time, Assault on Dark Athena promises to deliver a thrilling new adventure experience for fans, and will be released on the PlayStation 3, PC and Xbox 360.
Previously announced as a remake of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay with added content, Atari confirmed that the game will feature a brand new full-length campaign. This new project promises a title which will include the original game re-imagined for a whole new audience, an entirely new chapter in the Riddick saga and, for the first time, online multiplayer support.
“It’s very exciting to have Assault on Dark Athena as part of Atari’s 2009 publishing line-up,” said Phil Harrison, President of Infogrames Entertainment, the parent company of Atari. “The first game in the series was a landmark in action gaming and the outstanding team at Starbreeze are creating a feature-packed follow-up which will delight fans and new players alike.”
“The Riddick IP offers a rich universe from which to develop no-holds barred games, and we’ve believed that since the days of the Pitch Black film,” said Bill Kispert, Vice President and General Manager, Interactive, Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group. “Assault on Dark Athena extends the franchise fiction; adds to the mythology with new storylines, characters and locations while remaining true to the original material; and gives fans an experience they haven’t seen before. As we introduce this new Riddick chapter, we are also excited to welcome Atari to the Riddick family.”
“We’re thrilled about this remake and expansion of Escape from Butcher Bay." said Ian Stevens, Head of Game Production, Tigon Studios. "Assault on Dark Athena tells a new story in The Chronicles of Riddick, while at the same time sharing our original vision with a larger audience. We’re excited about the coming months and talking more in-depth about new features like the addition of Multiplayer!”
“Working with the Riddick franchise for us is an extraordinary experience,” said Johan Kristiansson, CEO, Starbreeze Studios. “We are deeply enthusiastic about the partnership with Atari that will bring this rich game experience to a new generation of consoles. With this release we've pushed the limits of the Starbreeze engine, delivering an extensive game package designed to thrill gamers worldwide. We can't wait for it to hit the shelves.”
In The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena the player takes the role of Riddick, as played by Vin Diesel, using stealth and action to overcome the merciless crew of the predatory Merc-ship Dark Athena which awaits its prey in the dark reaches of space.
Cheating death through a series of spectacular battles and events, Riddick will fight for his life amid a storm of malevolence and horror. The Chronicles of Riddick series of games takes the player deeper into the universe of Universal Pictures' films The Chronicles of Riddick and cult classic Pitch Black, which first introduced Vin Diesel as enigmatic anti-hero Riddick.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is planned for a launch in spring 2009.
- 2:24am EDT - October 30th, 2008
Another shooter? Wow, I can't "wait" to ignore this one too.
- 3:23am EDT - October 30th, 2008
Cool the game sounds very exciting
- 5:53am EDT - October 30th, 2008
sounds good once its not a fps, i'll add it to my game list.
- 6:24am EDT - October 30th, 2008
This game is more than just a shooter, I really don't know how they can label this a shooter considering you dont get a firearm until like 30 percent of the game in. Yes it is in first person, but all of the stealth, hand to hand combat make this more than a shooter. I just can't believe that 50: Blood in the sand got picked up before this after the Activition merger, all that's left now is for someone to pick Brutal Legends up too! Thanks Phil!
- 6:26am EDT - October 30th, 2008
I'm just glad to see Atari publish some decent titles. I'm an Atari fan from way back, and eventhough this is the same company in name only, I want to see them succeed. Not that I think this will be a great game, but it should sell well.
- 7:39am EDT - October 30th, 2008
WTF i know for real, How does a 50cent game get picked up before any of these much better titles.
back on topic though i'm glad this game is finally getting closer to being released.
- 5:48am EDT - October 31st, 2008
i would rather pretend to be 50 cent and shoot gangsters in my hood. -stephen firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1:37pm EST - November 3rd, 2008
Escape from Butcher Bay was one of the best games I've ever played. It just had so many elements to it, it was amazing. It had a great storyline and amazing graphics for the original Xbox. I can't wait to see this new one! As long as they stick to the same formula... this game should turn out awesome!
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