'Deer Hunter' Franchise Shoots Onto PlayStation2

by Thomas on April 23, 2003 @ 6:18 a.m. PDT

Atari today revealed plans to bring Deer Hunter, the hunting series that has continually raised the bar for outdoor adventure and excitement, onto the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system this fall. The game marks the first time the famed hunting franchise will be launching on console, delivering an entirely new interactive hunting experience.

"Atari is the creator of the original hunting series and has defined the hunting game genre," said Paul Rinde, senior vice president of Infogrames. "The hardware lifecycle of PlayStation 2 has evolved to include a broad audience of gamers and bringing Deer Hunter onto a next generation console represents an excellent opportunity to leverage those gamers along with our loyal hunting fans."

Deer Hunter for the PlayStation 2, being developed by Coresoft Inc., features an online component for intense competition with up to eight players in tournament mode. There are also seventeen weapons to choose from including shotguns, rifles and bows, off-road vehicles, a two-player split screen co-op mode and instant replay with slow-motion bullet effect. The new Deer Hunter game on console will give gamers the adventure and excitement they crave, along with the skill and strategy required for a successful hunt.

The Deer Hunter game exploded onto the scene in 1997 and created a whole new market which continues to thrive today. Atari's PC hunting franchise has outpaced and outsold all other competitors over the course of the past five years with more five million units sold to date, according to data from The NPD Group

Atari will also be launching a new Deer Hunter PC product this fall. Deer Hunter® 2004 is completely new from the ground up. The game features a new graphics engine that provides spectacular outdoor locales and realistic animal animations. Developed by Southlogic Studios, Deer Hunter 2004 will extend the boundaries of hunting authenticity.

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