Atari Sends Literary, Movie Talent to Forgotten Realms

To boost the entertainment value of its upcoming action/adventure title, Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone, Atari is turning to both Hollywood and the New York Times best-seller list. In addition to enlisting the voice talents of X-Men’s Patrick Stewart and Daredevil’s Michael Clarke Duncan, the game publisher has signed author R. A. Salvatore to develop the Demon Stone storyline.

Scheduled for release in Fall 2004, Demon Stone is set in the popular Dungeons & Dragons world created by Wizards of the Coast. It is being developed for PlayStation 2 by Stormfront Studios, creators of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Stewart, star of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and several Star Trek features, will give voice to Khelban “Blackstaff” Aunsun, a wizard of legendary power and wisdom. Duncan, who has appeared in such feature films as The Scorpion King, Planet of the Apes and The Green Mile, will provide the voice of Ygorl, an evil Slaad Lord and bloodthirsty conqueror from a mystical realm of chaos.

Salvatore is a prolific fantasy writer who has penned dozens of novels that take place in the Forgotten Realms and other D&D locations, including the Icewind Dale trilogy, the Dark Elf trilogy and Demon Wars. Best known as the creator of the popular Drizzt Do’Urden, one of the fantasy genre’s most beloved characters, Salvatore has sold nearly nine million novels to date. His latest work, The Lone Drow, spent 10 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.

In Demon Stone, the player directs a party of three characters–Fighter, Sorcerer and Rogue. Switching between characters on the fly, the player fights a wide range of enemies as the other two party members are controlled by AI. Additional information on the game can be found online at www.demonstone.com.