Atari Reveals “Mission: Impossible — Operation Surma”; IMF Super Agent Ethan Hunt to Infiltrate Next Gen Consoles in Fall 2003

Atari Reveals “Mission: Impossible — Operation Surma”; IMF Super Agent Ethan Hunt to Infiltrate Next Gen Consoles in Fall 2003

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Atari is bringing all the action and intrigue of the “Mission: Impossible(R)” movie franchise to video games with “Mission: Impossible — Operation Surma” for the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system and the Nintendo GameCube(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance. Developed by Atari’s Paradigm Entertainment and scheduled for release in November, “Mission: Impossible — Operation Surma” provides players with a chance to become IMF super agent Ethan Hunt in the stealth action game of the year.

“With `Mission: Impossible — Operation Surma,’ players will be thrust into an authentic `Mission: Impossible’ experience, complete with the latest spy gadgets, stealth action, incredible combat and plot-twisting suspense fans have come to expect from the franchise,” said Steve Allison, vice president of marketing, Atari Los Angeles. “The stealth action category continues to surprise gamers with new and innovative game play experiences, and `Operation Surma’ is no exception. Our unique connection to one of today’s strongest Hollywood movie franchises, which virtually defines the stealth action category, will complement our focus on delivering incredible game play with all of the powerful lead characters, fascinating villains, elaborate double-crosses and cunning treachery of a real `Mission: Impossible.'”

In “Mission: Impossible — Operation Surma,” players step into the role of Ethan Hunt as he traverses the globe uncovering the insidious mysteries behind the malevolent Surma Corporation and its newly developed virus, ICEWorm, which allows Surma to break into any computer system in the world. Armed with the hyper-cool, super spy technology and weaponry from the “Mission: Impossible” movies, such as miniature remote-controlled devices, micro cameras, tranquilizing darts and character disguises, Hunt must lead his elite team in preventing Surma Corp. from achieving its ultimate goal: global domination.

“Mission Impossible — Operation Surma” features groundbreaking gameplay that empowers players to choose the tactics and game play style they wish to use in tackling mission objectives. For example, as Hunt, a player can forge an uneasy alliance with questionable allies in order to gain the upper hand against an overwhelming enemy force; or, the player can charge in, with the latest top secret IMF weapon; or, the player can slide silently in and out of the shadows, penetrating enemy lairs unnoticed. Ultimately, the nature of the adventure lies in the player’s hands.

“Mission: Impossible — Operation Surma” Features:

— Open-Ended Gameplay: Players will be empowered to play the

game the way they like. Take out a guard and dispose of his

body, sneak behind the guard and slip by unnoticed, distract

the guard to another area, tranquilize the guard remotely or

even take him prisoner are just a few options at the player’s

disposal for nearly every situation.

— Super Spy Gadgets: As with any “Mission: Impossible,” the

gadgets are where it’s at. “Operation Surma” will put dozens

of super-cool gadgets at players’ fingertips, including: The

Wasp, a miniature remote-controlled “bug” with a devastating

“sting”; a directional microphone used to create distractions;

binoculars featuring a digital camera for evidence gathering;

EMP darts for disabling critical electronic devices; and much


— Agent Moves and Abilities: As Ethan Hunt, players will have at

their disposal all the moves that any respectable super agent

has spent years perfecting, including: vaulting and mantling

of objects; hand walking on ledges; wall hugging through tight

spaces; crouching and creeping to keep a low profile;

hand-over-hand maneuvering on pipes and girders. In addition,

players will be able to execute numerous stealth disabling,

restraining and finishing maneuvers on enemy characters.

— Gameplay Locations: Led by Mission Commander Swanbeck, players

will follow clues and undertake missions in exotic locations

around the world, including: the Los Muertos research facility

in the southwestern United States; Sansara Prison in Northern

Africa; and Yugaria, a fictional Eastern European country.

About Atari, Inc.

New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company’s 1,000+ titles include hard-core, genre-defining games such as “Driver(TM),” “Enter the Matrix(TM),” “Neverwinter Nights(TM),” “Stuntman(TM),” “Test Drive(R),” “Unreal(R) Tournament 2003,” and “Unreal(R) Championship”; and mass-market and children’s games such as “Backyard Sports(TM),” “Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues(TM)” and “Dora the Explorer(TM),” “Civilization(R),” “Dragon Ball Z(R)” and “RollerCoaster Tycoon(R).” Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext 5257), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit

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