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Obsidian Entertainment to Demonstrate Neverwinter Nights 2 at Consumer Conventions Nationwide
NEW YORK, July 18 - Atari, Inc (Nasdaq: ATAR) and Obsidian Entertainment today announced plans to visit and demonstrate the highly-anticipated Neverwinter Nights 2 at several consumer conventions this summer. Neverwinter Nights 2 is set in the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® Forgotten Realms® universe created by Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) and will transport players back to the embattled city of Neverwinter. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS is under license from the Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro.
The Neverwinter Nights 2 Summer Tour will include guest appearances, speaking engagements and product demonstrations at several popular consumer conventions, including San Diego's Comic Con, Gen Con in Indianapolis, Seattle's Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) and Dragon*Con in Atlanta. Attending fans will be treated to in-depth demonstrations of the Neverwinter Nights 2 single-player campaign, its multiplayer capabilities, as well as tutorials of the immensely powerful toolset that will ship with the game this fall.
Obsidian Entertainment attendees will include founders Feargus Urquhart, Chris Avellone, and Darren Monahan, as well as senior producer Ryan Rucinski and designers Josh Sawyer and Annie Carlson. Fans will receive the opportunity to interact with the Obsidian team - the video game developers behind some of most well-known role-playing franchises of all time - including Baldur's GateTM, Neverwinter Nights, Planescape: TormentTM, Icewind DaleTM, FalloutTM and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic IITM.
The Nevewinter Nights 2 Summer Tour schedule:
Comic Con July 20-23 San Diego, CA
Gen Con Indy August 10-13 Indianapolis, IN
Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) August 25-27 Bellevue, WA
Dragon*Con September 1-4 Atlanta, GA
Media interested in meeting with the Obsidian team for an interview or product demonstration at any of the above conventions should contact Brandon Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, (310) 404-9906 or Shane DeFreest, email@example.com, (818) 793-7713. Neverwinter Nights 2 is scheduled for release in the Fall 2006. More information about Neverwinter Nights 2 can be found at http://www.nwn2.com , which includes user forums, project news, development updates and more.
About Obsidian Entertainment
Obsidian Entertainment, Inc. is a premier software development company passionately dedicated to creating high quality, next generation role-playing games for PC and console systems. More information about Obsidian Entertainment can be found online at http://www.obsidianent.com .
About THE HASBRO PROPERTIES GROUP
The Hasbro Properties Group (HPG), the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc., (NYSE: HAS), translates one of the industry's richest portfolios of brands into a world of fun and excitement for children and adults globally. Through a host of publishing, digital media, lifestyle and entertainment platforms, HPG is able to surround fans worldwide with consumer products that expand Hasbro's core brands, such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, MY LITTLE PONY, MONOPOLY, G.I. JOE, TONKA and PLAYSKOOL.
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 franchises such as The MatrixTM (Enter The Matrix and The Matrix: Path of Neo) and Test Drive®; and mass-market and children's franchises such as Nickelodeon's Blue's CluesTM and Dora the ExplorerTM, and Dragon Ball Z®. Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR-0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit http://www.atari.com .
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