ATARI'S JAGUAR GRABS FIVE HOT ACCOLADE TITLES; 64-BIT INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM ATTRACTS LEADING PUBLISHER
SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Nov. 11, 1993 — Atari Corp. together with Accolade Inc. of San Jose, Calif., a notable publisher and developer of Sega and Nintendo video games, Thursday jointly announced a licensing agreement that will enable Atari to bring five proven, hot titles from Accolade to consumers on the new 64-bit Jaguar Interactive Multimedia System by Fall 1994.
The new approach with the Jaguar by Atari brings faster, smoother animation and enhanced sound and graphics to these hit titles.
Commenting on the company's decision to work with Atari, Accolade's chairman, Alan R. Miller stated, "That Atari Jaguar is definitely cool, new technology that is being introduced at a price point attractive to consumers. We think Atari has a real shot at establishing Jaguar as a successful system, and we want be part of that effort."
The Accolade titles for Jaguar include:
— Al Michaels Announces HardBall III — Built on the reputation of the best selling HardBall series of computer and video games, Al Michaels Announces HardBall III features a full 162 game season, 26 accurately rendered stadiums and the Emmy award winning commentary of Al Michaels.
— Brett Hull Hockey — This action-packed simulation features input from and the digitized skating of the NHL's most popular All-Star player, Brett Hull. Several modes of play are offered including exhibition game, 11 game short season, 42 game half season and an 84 game full season offered by no other hockey simulation game.
— Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind — The world's supply of yarnballs is seriously threatened in one of the year's most popular video games, and it is up to Bubsy Bobcat, "a hero for cryin' out loud!" to put a stop to the yarnball plundering Woolies.
— Charles Barkley Basketball — With a jump start, court-time integrates Barkley's fast-breaking, intimidating, whatever-it-takes-to-win playing style into an intense basketball game.
— Jack Nicklaus' Power Challenge Golf — The Golfer of the Century is just one of four fully-digitized golfers in this award winning game that features two Nicklaus designed golf courses, English Turn Golf Club in New Orleans and Sherwood Country Club in California.
"Accolade's list of titles adds significantly to the Jaguar product line," said Sam Tramiel, president and chief executive officer of Atari.
"Accolade's proven titles enhanced by the 64-bit power of Jaguar will enrich the Jaguar player's library of video games with life-like sports adventures and real-time 3D animated characters that speak. The Accolade titles help us to attain our goal of delivering a high quality selection of Jaguar titles that will entertain all age groups."
Accolade is a leading worldwide publisher, developer and distributor of entertainment software for PC compatible computers and leading video game machines, including the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo, Gameboy and Sega Genesis.
Atari Corp. manufactures and markets video games and personal computers for the home, office and educational marketplaces. The Sunnyvale-based company manufactures Jaguar in the United States under contract with IBM.