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    Atari To Launch Unreal Tournament 2004 DVD Version In North America

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    ATARI TO LAUNCH UNREAL TOURNAMENT 2004 DVD VERSION IN NORTH AMERICA IN RESPONSE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND
    Highest-Rated PC Game of 2004 Re-Released in Special Two-DVD Set; Includes 3DBuzz.com Training Videos For Making Custom Maps and Mods

    LOS ANGELES – April 9, 2004 – In response to the overwhelming success of Unreal® Tournament 2004 - Special Edition which featured the game on DVD, Atari and Epic Games will launch a special two-disc “DVD Edition” of Unreal Tournament 2004 on April 13. The two-DVD set will include the entire game on disc one, while disc two will include several hours of Video Training Modules (VTMs) from 3DBuzz.com that teach fans and amateur mod makers how to use the Unreal Editor to create custom game content.

    Unreal Tournament 2004 is the highly anticipated follow-up to last year’s Unreal Tournament 2003 and the third installment in the mega-selling Unreal Tournament franchise. The game has received universal critical acclaim and was hailed by GameSpot, a leading video game news and reviews site, as “...the new king of online shooters.” Unreal Tournament 2004 is already the highest-rated PC game of 2004 and, according to GameRankings.com, a Web site which tracks reviews of all games, Unreal Tournament 2004 is the third-highest scoring PC game of all time. The Special Edition DVD SKU sold out at major retailers across the United States in the first three days of availability.

    “The success of Unreal Tournament 2004 - Special Edition was beyond even our wildest expectations, with gamers grabbing up the DVD version in droves for easier installation and the hours upon hours of training videos by 3DBuzz.com,” said Peter Wyse, Executive Producer at Atari. “Fans have been clamoring for the game on DVD and by offering another version, we’re able to deliver all of the benefits of DVD to fans who have been waiting to get it.”

    Unreal Tournament 2004 was developed by Epic Games in conjunction with Digital Extremes. The game builds on the success of past installments, taking the franchise to the next level with the introduction of the hyper-charged Onslaught mode, the return of the fan-favorite Assault mode, and the introduction of land-, air- and space-based vehicles.

    In Unreal Tournament 2004, players suit up as the ultimate techno-gladiator of the future, taking their fates into their own hands as they battle up to 32 other players in action-packed, frag-filled arenas. Unreal Tournament 2004 contains new maps for all established game modes, including Capture the Flag, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Bombing Run and Double Domination. In addition, Unreal Tournament 2004 contains all of the maps, mutators and game types -- such as Mutant, Last Man Standing and Invasion -- from Unreal Tournament 2003 and the free downloadable bonus packs for that game.

    The game includes two additional modes of play: “Onslaught,” an epic-in-scope team-based challenge that pits two teams in bitter warfare across massive terrain maps in a frag-filled battle to destroy, capture and hold key power nodes, and “Assault,” where gamers are challenged to complete a variety of mission objectives to attack or defend bases in a bigger and badder version of the Unreal Tournament classic.

    Unreal Tournament 2004 CD edition is currently available worldwide. Unreal Tournament 2004 two-disc DVD Edition will be available April 13. The new DVD Edition will not include the limited edition tin box and Logitech Internet Chat Headset that were included in the Special Edition. For more information on Unreal Tournament 2004 or to download the free demo, please visit the game’s official Web site at www.unrealtournament.com.

    About Epic Games

    Epic Games Inc, based in Raleigh, NC and established in 1991, is a developer of cutting-edge computer and video games. The company is best known as the creator of hit PC 3D action games Unreal and Unreal Tournament, both award-winning blockbuster hits having each sold more than 1 million copies. Games created with the Unreal Tournament Game Engine include: 2002 Console Game of the Year winner: Tom Clancy’s Splinter CellTM (on PC and console platforms) from Ubi Soft, PC Gamer’s 2000 Game of the Year: Deus Ex from Ion Storm/Eidos, America’s Army: Operations, from the United States Army and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PC) from Electronic Arts – and many others. Prior to their 3D success, Epic Games was well known for the hit shareware games Jill of the Jungle, Jazz Jackrabbit and Epic Pinball. Additional information can be obtained through Epic's Web site at www.epicgames.com.

    About Atari

    New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company’s 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining games such as Driver™, Enter the Matrix™, Neverwinter Nights™, Stuntman™, Test Drive®, Unreal® Tournament 2003, and Unreal® Championship; and mass-market and children’s games such as Backyard Sports™, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues™ and Dora the Explorer™, Civilization®, Dragon Ball Z® and RollerCoaster Tycoon®. Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext 5257), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.

    Unreal is a registered trademark of Epic Games Inc.

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    #2
    :up: YEA, now every one can gain from those VTM's, great work guys :up:

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      #3
      Now all the people that weren't able to get the SE will still be able to get both DVD's. :up:
      Good going ATARI!

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        #4
        We have wanted to tell you guys this for a while now but wanted to wait until we KNEW when it would be on shelves. We scrambled, pulled strings and stepped on a lot of toes for the DVD Edition to get out there as soon as possible once the Special Edition sold out so quickly.

        We REALLY didn't expect to go through 60,000 of Special Edition units in 3 days. I don't care what game you are working on - that just does not happen.

        When reading all the e-mails and posts we were getting about consumers missing out on the Special Edition we had to hold ourselves back from announcing this too soon -

        ENJOY!!!


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          #5
          Nice, now everyone in North America can get it.


          Too bad for the people who paid over $100 for those 2 DVDs online. :bulb:

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            #6
            Originally posted by Scottmc
            We have wanted to tell you guys this for a while now but wanted to wait until we KNEW when it would be on shelves.

            Congrats on finally being able to

            Will the European DVD edition be updated to include the VTMs?

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              #7
              I doubt it. PR_Flak and I don't have direct influence over the European market. I'll look into it but I doubt it will be re-released outside of the Special Edition.

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                #8
                why cant u rerelease the specail edtion thats wat everone wants not this i know it was suppose to be limited and blah blah blah but cmon why not a specail edtion rerelease thats what we really want, i got stuck with my regular cuz my local ebgames said they never recieved any special edtion so i had to buy the 6 CD version which sucks everytime i wana reinstall the game plus i wanted to learn how to make levels what a perfect opprutinty for that well i have to ask 2 questions
                1.why wont you release the special edtion with the tin box and headset
                2. do you plan on releaseing the tutorials to the public soon or ever?

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                  #9
                  obviously it isn't the same as the "special edition DVD", in that there is no tin napkin holder, electric ear warmer, or special stickers included. (I surmise)

                  Fair Enough.

                  I would like to know if the second disc will contain ALL of the VTM's that were included in the special edition, or just the first several sets that were created by 3DBuzz.

                  Thanks for appeasing the community :up:

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by dantheman1
                    why cant u rerelease the specail edtion thats wat everone wants not this i know it was suppose to be limited and blah blah blah but cmon why not a specail edtion rerelease thats what we really want, i got stuck with my regular cuz my local ebgames said they never recieved any special edtion so i had to buy the 6 CD version which sucks everytime i wana reinstall the game plus i wanted to learn how to make levels what a perfect opprutinty for that well i have to ask 2 questions
                    1.why wont you release the special edtion with the tin box and headset
                    2. do you plan on releaseing the tutorials to the public soon or ever?
                    There really is no pleasing you guys! :haha:

                    1. The headset was a deal with LogiTech. Once we ran out of headsets that was it for Special Edition.

                    2. Probably not. Most are already avalibe at 3dbuzz.com

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Xerxies
                      obviously it isn't the same as the "special edition DVD", in that there is no tin napkin holder, electric ear warmer, or special stickers included. (I surmise)

                      Fair Enough.

                      I would like to know if the second disc will contain ALL of the VTM's that were included in the special edition, or just the first several sets that were created by 3DBuzz.

                      Thanks for appeasing the community :up:
                      Actaully the stickers are in there. Along with the total amount of VTMs from 3D Buzz.

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                        #12
                        guess i have no chioice but warez the tutorials
                        cuz im not gona spend another $40 for the same game just with the tutorials.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by dantheman1
                          guess i have no chioice but warez the tutorials
                          cuz im not gona spend another $40 for the same game just with the tutorials.
                          There's the rub - how are all the people that got the CD version or already bought the single DVD version going to get the tutorial disk? I'm sure not going to buy the whole thing again, so I'll just do without.

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                            #14
                            Any plans on doing this in Europe also?
                            Since 40000 of the 60000 copies of SE stayed in the US, Stores over here sold out either prior to release or same day as the release was (depends on if they had pre-order or not)

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                              #15
                              Can we exchange the CD version for the DVD verison?

                              :/

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