BEVERLY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 22,
2004-- Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR - News) and Firaxis Games announced today that
the highly-anticipated sequel to one of the most popular and loved titles in
gaming history has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Sid Meier's Pirates!®
received unprecedented critical acclaim when it was first released in 1987 and
set the industry standard for innovative game design with its unique blend of
open-ended role-playing, real-time adventures and thrilling action sequences.
The new game uses an entirely new game engine and delivers updated gameplay,
spectacular 3D graphics and many new features.
"Pirates!® is recognized as one of the greatest games ever created and there has
been a lot of anticipation for the return of this classic," said Nancy
MacIntyre, vice president of marketing, Atari, Inc. "Firaxis has done an amazing
job balancing the addition of new features and gameplay while maintaining the
spirit and addictiveness of the original."