Atari Game Created With Help of Novelist, Film Footage

Posted on January 14, 2005

Atari, Inc.'s Act of War: Direct Action, a techno-thriller for PC in March 2005, will have a story created and written by New York Times bestselling author Dale Brown and will feature nearly one hour of original feature film footage produced by SWAT Films/Beyond FX to vividly present the story.

Bob Welch, Executive Producer for Atari's Beverly studio, said in a statement, "By bringing together a novelist, filmmakers and game developers, Act of War: Direct Action is more than the sum of its parts."

The film production element of Act of War: Direct Action was shot over two weeks and featured a cast of 10 principal actors and hundreds of extras. The film footage will be blended with scenes created by the in-game engine to tell the story of Jason Richter and Task Force Talon as they discover a web of intrigue and terrorism that spans the globe from Moscow to Washington, D.C. Novels, films and games are already highly interconnected. Major films, especially big fantasy and science fiction films, often have computer and video game released when the film hits theaters.

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