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Atari’s Test Drive: Eve Of Destruction Races to Xbox

Atari Inc. will release TEST DRIVE: EVE OF DESTRUCTION in fall 2004 for Xbox, in addition to the previously announced version of the game, which will be available for the PlayStation2 in September. Developed by Monster Games, TEST DRIVE: EVE OF DESTRUCTION captures the raw, unfettered thrill of no-rules competition and is based on real-life extreme racing events.

"We are thrilled to bring TEST DRIVE: EVE OF DESTRUCTION, the sequel to 2002's Platinum Hits TEST DRIVE to Xbox fans this fall," said Nancy MacIntyre, vp of marketing for Atari's Beverly Studios. "Monster Games has reinvigorated the TEST DRIVE franchise with this fresh departure from static road-course racing without losing touch with the core elements that have made TEST DRIVE one of the most recognized and successful racing franchises in video game history."

TEST DRIVE: EVE OF DESTRUCTION is the first TEST DRIVE game to feature: vehicle damage, dirt tracks, crazy events and unorthodox vehicles like school buses, taxis and hearses. Since its debut in 1987, the Test Drive series has sold through more than $137 million worth of product on console and PC.

TEST DRIVE: EVE OF DESTRUCTION is packed with 25 different events, including Demo Derby, where the last car standing wins; Gauntlet, where the player climbs behind the wheel of a hearse and tries to finish a set number of laps while the rest of the field attempts to stop him; Trailer Race, a new brand of racing event, where the player competes while towing various types of trailers and must finish the race with something resembling a trailer still attached.

It also offers players a selection of more than 30 nontraditional, custom vehicles, an in-game track announcer and a split-screen multiplayer mode for up to four players.

New York-based Atari 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. For more information, visit www.atari.com.