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'Arthur and the Minimoy' (ALL) Officially Announced

by Rainier on May 9, 2006 @ 4:20 p.m. PDT

Atari continues to explore new worlds with the upcoming action-adventure game Arthur and the Minimoys. Directly inspired by world famous film director and writer Luc Besson's upcoming animated film of the same name, the Arthur and the Minimoys game will follow the film's storyline and feature eye-popping graphics and technical innovations.

"We are pleased and proud to take part in this international adventure and 'Arthur and the Minimoys' is sure to be an animation blockbuster. Technology will really bring out the sensitivity and energy of the world Luc Besson has created. By working with the film crew from day one, not only have we stayed extremely faithful to the film, but we have also developed parallel adventures specifically for the game, which should be popular with gamers and fans alike," said Atari, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Bruno Bonnell.

The game allows players to relive the fantastic adventure of young Arthur and his two pals, princess Selenia and her brother Betameche, in their mission to save the Minimoys' world from destruction. As they move through the various Minimoy lands, players will encounter extraordinary adventures, menacing enemies, rich environments and varying gameplay elements including driving, fighting, flying and puzzle solving. The game offers an intense enactment of Besson's magnificent adventure while incorporating the all of the richness and extraordinary visuals of the film.

"When you make a children's film, your primary intent is to introduce kids to a new world that is both fantastic and exciting. Atari's video game will keep the film's adventure alive by allowing players to step into the characters' shoes to explore and try to save the world of the Minimoys," said Luc Besson, Chairman of EuropaCorp.

Arthur and the Minimoys' unique and innovative structure revolves around the supportive co-op teamwork of the three characters, Arthur, Selenia and Betameche. Players can only progress by cleverly combining the three characters' skills -- Arthur is an acrobat, Selenia a warrior and Betameche a marksman. In solving mysteries and overcoming obstacles, players will realize that anything is possible when you work together.

Set to time with the theatrical release of the movie in North America, Arthur and the Minimoys game is currently in development for PS2, PSP, NDS, GBA, and the PC.

The PS2, PSP and PC versions of the game are being produced by the Lyon-and Paris-based Etranges Libellules, creator of several successful animated games, including Asterix XXL and Kirikou. The NDS game is developed by Dreamon, and the GBA version by Mistic.

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