Atari, Stormfront Studios Bring D&D to PS2

Atari and developer Stormfront Studios have announced plans to develop Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone, an action-adventure PlayStation 2 game set in the popular Dungeons & Dragons world published by Wizards of the Coast. Stormfront Studios previously developed the acclaimed The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers game for Electronic Arts.

Under license from Hasbro Inc., Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone will place players in the middle of a heated battle between two demonic armies set to overrun the world of Faerun. According to Stormfront Studios, the game will make use of an enhanced version of its powerful game engine, allowing for greatly improved graphics, faster gameplay and even more intelligent enemies.

John Hight, executive producer at Atari’s Los Angeles studio, comments, “The next-gen engine will also allow gamers to play multiple characters with varying abilities throughout each encounter, as well as the ability to switch characters on the fly–a first for an action game of this nature.”

In the game, the player directs a party of three characters–Fighter, Sorcerer and Rogue. The player controls one party member at a time while the other party members are controlled by the engine’s artificial intelligence. Since each combatant excels at a certain type of gameplay, the playable character can be quickly switched as the need arises. Upgrading of combat skills is also possible.

The story of Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone revolves around the adventuring party’s unwitting intrusion into an age-old conflict between two warring demonic armies; one led by a Githyanki Princess and the other a Slaad Lord. After inadvertently releasing both demons upon the world after eons of imprisonment, it becomes the adventurer’s quest to right the wrong and restore order to the world of Faerun. The title is scheduled to land on shelves in the fall of 2004.