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Atari Plans The Matrix: Path Of Neo Holiday Release

Atari Inc. is developing and publishing THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO, an interactive console and PC game based on the blockbuster motion picture trilogy THE MATRIX, THE MATRIX RELOADED and THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS from Warner Bros. Pictures for a 2005 holiday release on PS2, Xbox and PC.

Licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Ent., THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO is the second collaboration of Atari and its Shiny Ent. development studio; the Wachowski Brothers, creators of THE MATRIX trilogy; and Joel Silver, producer of the trilogy. In May 2003, Atari released ENTER THE MATRIX, a parallel timeline to THE MATRIX RELOADED and a bridge to THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS. The game debuted at #1 atop gaming charts around the world and sold nearly six million units worldwide to date.

In the sequel game, players will actually be able to play as "Neo," the central character, and relive his most important and memorable scenarios from the complete film trilogy, including the original film, THE MATRIX. The Wachowski Brothers will script and direct paths the player may take to resolve each scenario and the resulting consequences. Characters will resemble the films' key actors including Keanu Reeves ("Neo"), Laurence Fishburne ("Morpheus"), Carrie-Ann Moss ("Trinity) and Hugo Weaving ("Agent Smith") will be featured in THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO, which will also include footage from all three feature films, as well as THE ANIMATRIX.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to be embarking on a new MATRIX project," said Jim Caparro, president/ceo of Atari. "The Wachowski Brothers have created a universe that is uniquely deep and rich, with virtually limitless creative possibilities, and the interactive space is the ideal world in which to explore them. With THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO, the Wachowski Brothers will be giving their legions of fans the best of everything: the first chance to personally relive Neo's journey, and the chance to experience new adventures they cannot yet even imagine."

"I'm very happy to continue my collaboration with Larry and Andy on all things MATRIX and beyond," said Silver, producer of the Matrix film trilogy. "ENTER THE MATRIX added another exciting chapter to the legend. I'm thrilled that we are further expanding and exploring the vast Matrix universe through THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO."

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is a premier licensor and a developer of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including consoles, PC-based gaming and wireless applications.

New York-based Atari Inc. (www.atari.com) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. Atari Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Ent. SA, the largest interactive games publisher in Europe.

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