INFOGRAMES, INC. DOMINATES STORE SHELVES THIS WEEK WITH ALONE IN THE DARK: THE NEW NIGHTMARE
The Survival Horror Franchise That Started It All Is Back To Terrorize You Once Again.
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 29, 2001 - It's what you fear. Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFGM) a leading global publisher of interactive entertainment software, announced today that Alone in the DarkT: The New NightmareT began shipping to stores this week for PlayStation®, Personal Computer and Game Boy® Color. Edward Carnby, the famed supernatural detective, is back in his fourth installment of the franchise, and this time it will take more than his trusty pistol to keep him alive!
"Alone in the Dark (AITD) is the ultimate survival-horror game that for years the industry has tried to mimic," said Tom Richardson, director of marketing for Infogrames, Inc.'s Los Angeles label. "With the newest incarnation of the series already reaching the #1 spot in Europe and the tremendous sell-in we've had in the US, it proves that Alone in the Dark still has the formula necessary to entice the fans. Consumers have been clambering to get their hands on Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare ever since the title was announced."
In AITD: The New Nightmare, two diverse adventures await players as they assume the role of either Edward Carnby or Aline Cedrac, a determined young archaeologist, and its up to them to reclaim three ancient tablets before the ultimate evil is unleashed on Shadow Island. Throughout the game, Carnby and Aline are faced with mysterious puzzles, demonic monsters, and disturbing events taking place. To provide clues for difficult situations, or comic relief to break the suspense, players can summon the other character via walkie-talkie any time throughout the game.
As in the first three Alone in the Dark titles, AITD: The New Nightmare stays true to its successful formula of innovative camera angles, suspenseful in-depth storylines inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and 3D characters set in graphically amazing backgrounds. AITD: The New Nightmare features over 1200 pre-rendered backgrounds, each recreated with varying levels of light, and utilizes sophisticated lighting technology, with the flashlight being the most prominent example. The flashlight serves as a key gameplay element which players can use as a weapon to deter light-sensitive foes, to illuminate rooms void of light switches, or to shine into corners that often hide secret items in their shadows.
Insiduous creatures inhabit the island, lurking in dark corners, drop from the ceiling, or wait in the open anxiously anticipating your next move. To combat them, Carnby and Aline gain access to highly innovative light-based weapons, including Carnby's Photopulsar, emitting a blast rendering everything in its path dead and the user temporarily blinded, and Aline's Disc-Launcher, a rapid fire gun emitting magnesium-coated discs great for damaging enemies at close or long range.
Making the game even more immersive for players, AITD: The New Nightmare uses an extensive music score, including the original theme song of the game composed by Stewart Copeland, appropriately titled, "Alone in the Dark". A five-time Grammy Award winner for his work with the renowned rock band The Police, Stewart Copeland has brought his distinctive sound to the movies in a series of inventive film scores and now offers his talents to the interactive entertainment industry. Mr. Copeland combined hard-edged rhythmic riffs from electric guitar and acoustic bass with rich sultry effects from electronics along with lyrics that captured the essence of the game's spine-tingling plot.
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare for PlayStation and PC were developed by DarkWorks and by Pocket Studios for Game Boy Color. The game began shipping to most major retail stores this week with an estimated retail price of $39.95 for PlayStation and PC, and $29.95 for Game Boy Color.