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‘Matrix’ plays games for Atari

Vidgame giant preps with producers for the sequel

HOLLYWOOD — “The Matrix” continues to live on in the vidgame world as Atari is prepping another sequel in collaboration with writer-helmers the Wachowski brothers and producer Joel Silver.

Game is a follow-up to 2003’s “Enter the Matrix,” which bowed close to the release of “The Matrix Reloaded.” While a critical flop, it sold nearly 6 million units and grossed close to $300 million, single-handedly saving Atari from potential financial ruin.

Struggling Atari is clearly hoping a follow-up will spin the same kind of gold when it’s released in time for the holidays this year, though it will have to succeed without the benefit of a studio marketing campaign.

“The Matrix: Path of Neo,” which was scripted by the Wachowskis, follows Keanu Reeves character Neo through a number of scenarios from all three “Matrix” films. It will include footage from the three pics and the “Animatrix” series of cartoon shorts.

Atari has secured the rights to use likenesses of all the trilogy’s major thesps, including Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss.

It’s the second “Matrix” vidgame set for release this year, following March’s “The Matrix Online,” which is being published by WB’s own vidgame division.

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