NEW YORK, April 24: Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR), one of the world's most recognized brands and a third-party video game publisher, today announced the company has entered into a long-term exclusive distribution agreement with 1C Company, the leading publisher and distributor of computer games in Russia, Eastern and Central Europe.
Under this new agreement, Atari has the exclusive first rights to distribute and co-publish upcoming 1C titles throughout North America, including online distribution. The deal applies to all video game platforms including personal computers, home gaming consoles, handheld game systems, online formats, and mobile devices. The first games to be brought to the US market will be released later this year.
"Developers in Russia and Eastern Europe market are burgeoning with a slew of innovative and engaging games. 1C has demonstrated the special ability to source, develop and nurture these products," said Robert Stevenson, VP Business Development and Third Party at Atari. "Leveraging our strength in software distribution and our relationship with 1C, we believe that we will offer our retail partners a wider-array of products that appeal to the broad tastes of gamers in North America."
Here's a full list of additional announcements for the PC, each linking to a screenshot gallery (we've also disclosed the genres and preliminary release dates):Cryostasis, FPS (Q4 2007) - Action Forms
Dawn of Magic, RPG (2007) - SkyFallen Entertainment
Death to Spies, action game (2007) - Haggard Games
Fantasy Wars, turn-based strategy (2007) - Ino-Co
King's Bounty: The Legend, strategy/RPG (2007) - Katauri Interactive
Rig'n'Roll, trucker sim (2007) - SoftLab
The Tomorrow War, space sim/RPG (2007) - CrioLand
Theatre of War, RTS (April 19, 2007) - 1C Company
XIII Century: Death or Glory, RTS (2007) - Unicorn Games
You Are Empty, FPS (2007) - Digital Spray