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Atari warms to Fahrenheit

Quantic Dream's intriguing paranormal thriller on PC, PS2 and Xbox signed up by new publisher

A near-future New York City has been left stunned by a series of macabre and unexpected murders. Violence is rife as ordinary people kill complete strangers in public. Everyday bloke Lucas Kane is thrust headfirst into this mystery when he commits murder in a men's washroom. Blacking out and then regaining consciousness to find himself awash with blood and unable to recall the catalyst that caused him to take a man's life, Kane is now hunted by the law. Now he must solve the mystery to prove his innocence.

Welcome to Quantic Dream's Fahrenheit, an intriguing paranormal/psychological thriller adventure that's just been signed up by Atari after Quantic terminated the joint co-production and publishing agreement it had with Vivendi back in November last year.

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Described as a "free-flowing" game, Fahrenheit actually finds players assuming the roles of multiple characters - allowing you to experience events from multiple viewpoints - as they attempt to unravel the mysterious occurrences in New York City. Plot is affected by player actions, such called a "scenario driven interactive experience", and a high degree of immersion is promised through the use of motion picture techniques such as actor direction, multi-camera views, motion tracking and a contextual music score.

"Fahrenheit represents a real milestone in the development of video gaming and the adventure genre, with genuinely innovative design and a chilling atmosphere to match that of some of the most successful big screen psychological thrillers," says Martin Spiess, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Atari Europe. "Quantic Dream have created a game where the tension seeps from the screen into the mind, guaranteeing no shortage of emotional investment from the player. A powerful connection is created between the player and the action on-screen, where every turn and every micro-decision has serious consequences."

Fahrenheit is scheduled for release in September 2005. To find out more about the game, check out our recent preview here. Screenshots on this page come from the PS2 version of the game.

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