Atari Wields Blockbuster Power With New Games

Streetfighter, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Resident Evil – movies based on video games may not always be mega hits, but aligning interactive entertainment with a blockbuster film property is generally a risk-free endeavor. One publisher at the forefront of movie licensing deals is Atari, which just released Enter the Matrix and has a Terminator 3 title on the way.

Since hitting store shelves just over a month ago, Enter The Matrix has sold 2.5 million units in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), making it the fastest-selling in the company’s catalog.

This fall, Atari will release Terminator 3: War of the Machines, a single-player and online multi-player first-person shooter for PC. Currently in development by Hungary-based Clever’s Games, the title will allow up to 32 players to face off online as either technologically advanced SkyNet Terminators or battle-hardened Tech Com Special Forces. Humans will have the advantage of cunning and stealth while the machines will bring to bear the awesome power of overwhelming force, brutality and durability.

The battle will rage across a variety of vast landscapes taken straight from the upcoming theatrical release, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, including downtown Los Angeles, a ruined ocean harbor, devastated highways, Tech Com and SkyNet bases, crumbling factories and more.

In single-player mode, gamers will play as the Terminator, featuring the voice and likeness of franchise star Arnold Schwarzenegger. Like in the first film, the terminator starts off as a SkyNet killing machine. Once captured, he is reprogrammed by Tech Com to fight for the humans.

Read more about Enter The Matrix, Terminator 3: War of the Machines The Hulk and in the September issue of Animation Magazine.