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					Title:            Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
Platform:         Xbox® 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Release Date:     March 2009
Publisher:        Atari
Developer:        Starbreeze Studios AB
Category:         Action stealth FPS




PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a new, action stealth FPS set in the rich, futuristic,
sci-fi world of the Riddick film saga. The game features a rich storyline, intriguing, developed characters,
and the voice acting of Vin Diesel. Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena follows up the story
from the original game title as Riddick must now flee the Dark Athena, following his harrowing escape
from the notorious Butcher Bay prison.       During the adventure, Richard B. Riddick must escape the
predatory Merc-ship Dark Athena using stealth and action to overcome its merciless crew and challenge
the nefarious Captain Revas.




PRODUCT FEATURES:
           Brutal and Graphic Executions: Dozens of graphically gorgeous ways to perform brutal
            instant executions on unsuspecting enemies;

           Advanced Melee Combat Mechanics: The well-developed hand-to-hand combat system
            combines traditional melee attacks with blocks, parries, and savage counter-attacks;

           Intuitive Stealth System: An intuitive stealth system unique to the FPS genre adds a whole
            new dimension of strategy to traditional action and FPS game play;

           Exciting Online Multi-player: Multi-player includes never before seen game modes as well
            as melee combat and stealth action;

           Developed by Starbreeze Studios: Acclaimed developers of the first ‘Chronicles of Riddick:
            Escape from Butcher Bay’ title as well as other titles including ‘The Darkness’

           ‘Escape from Butcher Bay’ Included: A new version of the award winning Xbox and PC
            title ‘Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay’ – recognized as one of the best games
            of 2004 – has been visually re-mastered for next-gen systems, and has been included free
            along with the stunning, new ‘Dark Athena’ campaign;

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                                          MULTIPLAYER

MULTIPLAYER OVERVIEW:
Sweden-based Starbreeze Studios have created an exciting and original multiplayer component in The
Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. Throughout the development of the game, the team
held daily multiplayer sessions which have ensured a high level of polish to the experience and also given
birth to two unique multiplayer gameplay modes. The game features six multiplayer modes, detailed
below.

MULTIPLAYER MODES:
Of the six multiplayer modes in the game, two are original and unique to the title:

Pitch Black
This mode will capture players’ attention, as it is easy to learn and offers an experience unlike traditional
MP modes with a nerve-wracking stealth hunt through the darkness. It’s a 6 player mode on all maps,
where 5 players take the role of Mercenaries trying to hunt down and kill Riddick across levels swathed in
darkness, with only weapon-mounted flashlights to see by. Riddick starts in the darkness, while the
Mercenaries start in a lit room containing shotguns, SMG’s and Assault Rifles before dropping into the
darkness to hunt Riddick down. The more powerful the Mercenaries’ weapons, the lower the power of the
flashlight. Riddick is armed with the Ulaks and his unique eyeshine night vision which gives him a great
advantage in the dark. The player that kills Riddick then becomes him for the following round.

Butcher Bay Riot
This is a fast paced three team mode, in which 12 players split into teams of Guards, Prisoners and
Mercenaries fight over a power cell. Each team has to take the power cell to the base of one of the
opposing teams to win the round (the match can be won in either 3 or 5 rounds depending on settings).
Players buy weapons before the round starts and winning rewards them with more cash, as does killing
the opposing players. All weapons are available to be purchased and all maps support 12 players. This
mode requires close team collaboration and demands more strategic and tactical gameplay than the
other multiplayer modes.
The four classic modes are:

Death Match
All against all with weapons, ammo and power-ups are scattered around the levels. Some of the most
powerful weapons are reserved only for the larger levels in order to balance the smaller ones and Ulaks
are not available. Supports up to 12 players except for some smaller maps which support 4-8 players.

Team Death Match
As Death Match, but the players are split up into red and blue teams. Supports up to 12 players, but
certain maps are designed for smaller teams (as with Death Match).

Capture the Flag
Competing Red and Blue teams try to penetrate their opponent’s base and take their flag. Weapons,
ammo and power-ups are distributed in a similar way to Death Match, but with additional unique maps as
well as some Death Match maps. Supports up to 12 players, but some maps are for smaller teams (as
with Death Match).

Arena
Either 1 vs. 1 or teams of 2 vs. 2 (default setting is 2 vs. 2 but can be changed in advanced options) . The
winning team or individual stays on. All weapons are in the players inventory when the game is started.
Supports up to 8 players.
GAME DESCRIPTION:
The newest title in the Riddick franchise, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena brings
the hit first person shooter to a new audience and a new generation of consoles when it is released for
the Xbox360®, PlayStation®3 and Windows® PC in Spring 2009. The action-packed game, a hi–
definition re-imagined version of The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, The Chronicles of
Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena features an entirely new chapter in the Riddick Saga and for the first
time, intense online multiplayer combat.

The Chronicles of Riddick series of games takes the player deeper into the universe of Universal Pictures'
films The Chronicles of Riddick and cult classic Pitch Black, which first introduced Vin Diesel as enigmatic
anti-hero Riddick. In The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena the player takes the role of
Riddick using stealth and action to overcome the merciless crew of the predatory Merc-ship Dark Athena
which awaits its prey in the dark reaches of space. Cheating death through a series of spectacular
battles and events, Riddick will fight for his life amid a storm of malevolence and horror.

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                                                        CAST
Supporting the inimitable Vin Diesel in his role as the galaxy’s most hard-ass criminal is a highly talented cast of
seasoned actors who lend their voices to the rogues gallery of believable and memorable characters aboard the
predatory Merc-ship Dark Athena.

Riddick: voiced by Vin Diesel

The self-confessed Dungeons & Dragons fan first stepped into Riddick’s shoes in cult hit film Pitch Black, which is
honoured with a multiplayer mode of the same name in Assault on Dark Athena. Diesel found the shoes a good fit
and subsequently starred in the film The Chronicles of Riddick and lent his voice to the acclaimed game Escape from
Butcher Bay. Riddick is renowned as the toughest criminal in the galaxy – a man who walks a moral knife edge and
isn’t shy of getting blood on his hands.

Dacher: voiced by Lance Henriksen

A versatile character actor equally at home playing blood-thirsty vampires or beaten-down detectives, Lance
Henriksen made his intense presence felt early on with appearances in timeless big screen blockbusters Close
Encounters of the Third Kind, The Terminator and Aliens. He brings the weight of his voice to bear on Assault on
Dark Athena playing Dacher, a prisoner on the ship who shares part of his harrowing life story with Riddick and
comes to his aid as the plot unfolds.

Revas: voiced by Michelle Forbes

The Texan-born actress is known for playing tough women, a skill which has seen her take major roles in a series of
acclaimed TV shows including Battlestar Galactica, Prison Break, 24, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her
unforgettable performance as Revas, the captain of the Merc-ship Dark Athena who shares a chequered past with
Riddick, brings depth and a weary malevolence to the character.

Spinner: voiced by Wade Williams

Williams has appeared in numerous top-rated TV series including CSI, 24, Six Feet Under, Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
and most prominently Prison Break in which he played Bradley 'Brad' Bellick from 2005-2008. In Assault on Dark
Athena Williams takes the role of Spinner, the loyal right-hand man of ship’s captain Revas, who is charged with
holding the ship together while Riddick unleashes chaos.

Pavlo: voiced by Morgan Sheppard

The accomplished, British-born actor has made numerous appearances on stage and screen since the 1960’s
including most recently 2007’s Transformers film, with an appearance slated in the forthcoming Star Trek movie.
Following his voice work on 2004’s Escape from Butcher Bay, Sheppard returns to the Riddick universe lending his
voice to the character Pavlo, a schizophrenic prisoner trapped aboard Dark Athena who brings clarity and confusion
to Riddick in equal doses.


ABOUT THE GAME:
The newest title in the Riddick franchise, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena brings the hit first
person shooter to a new audience and a new generation of consoles when it is released for the Xbox360®,
PlayStation®3 and Windows® PC in Spring 2009. The action-packed game, a hi–definition re-imagined version of
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena features
an entirely new chapter in the Riddick Saga and for the first time, intense online multiplayer combat.

The Chronicles of Riddick series of games takes the player deeper into the universe of Universal Pictures' films The
Chronicles of Riddick and cult classic Pitch Black, which first introduced Vin Diesel as enigmatic anti-hero Riddick. In
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena the player takes the role of Riddick using stealth and action to
overcome the merciless crew of the predatory Merc-ship Dark Athena which awaits its prey in the dark reaches of
space. Cheating death through a series of spectacular battles and events, Riddick will fight for his life amid a storm
of malevolence and horror.

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