ATARI AND WILLIAMS ENTERTAINMENT TO CREATE 64-BIT VERSIONS OF POPULAR ARCADE GAMES; INNOVATIVE DEAL BRINGS HOT GAMES TO BOTH JAGUAR FANS AND PC GAME PLAYERS
SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Sept. 26, 1994 — Atari and Williams Entertainment have agreed to work together to bring vastly enhanced versions of Williams' popular, classic arcade games to the Atari 64-bit Jaguar system and high performance PCs.
According to the licensing agreement, Atari will exploit the Jaguar system's 64-bit power to create new versions of such Williams' hits as Joust, Defender and Robotron. These new games will offer features such as first-person perspectives in a realistic, three-dimensional environment. Atari will then market these games for its Jaguar system, while Williams will license the new versions to market them for high performance PCs.
"64-bit power will make our best games even better by creating a compelling, immersive, experience for players," said Byron Cook, president of Williams Entertainment. "We are very excited about the Atari Jaguar 64-bit platform and are happy to support it with our finest titles."
This is not the first cooperative venture between Williams and Atari. Williams and Atari have been promoting the Jaguar 64-bit system with Williams' Troy Aikman NFL Football through radio promotions in 25 top markets nationwide. Williams will make the game available in November on the Jaguar. Williams also is publishing a Jaguar version of its popular game Double Dragon Five, which also will be available in November.
Williams Entertainment Inc. is the new home video subsidiary of WMS Industries, the company that created Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam video games.
Since its release in November '93 Atari's Jaguar game system has been named the industry's Best New Game System (Video Games Magazine), Best New Hardware Systems (Game Informer) and 1993 Technical Achievement of the Year (Die Hard Game Fan). Jaguar, the world's first 64-bit video game system, retails for $249 and is the only video game system manufactured in the United States.
Atari Corp., based in Sunnyvale, Calif., designs and markets 64-bit interactive multimedia entertainment systems and video games.
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