Test Drive Unlimited 2 Gets A North American and European Release Date And Pre-order Bonuses

High-Octane High Life Gets the Green Light in Europe on February 11th 2011 and in North America on February 8th

Atari, one of the world’s most recognized videogame publishers, and acclaimed developer Eden Games, have confirmed the European launch date for Test Drive® Unlimited 2 on Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft,  PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC, as February 11th 2011.

Customers pre-ordering Test Drive Unlimited 2 from Game.co.uk, Amazon.co.uk, HMV.co.uk, Play.com, Asda.co.uk, blockbuster.co.uk and gamestation.co.uk will be fast-tracked into the island’s highlife with Casino, an in – game DLC item that has a value of 800 MSP/£6/€8. This allows players to fly directly into the casino where they can level-up their character, win in-game currency and exclusive items, even an Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro and a Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder, unavailable anywhere else in the game.

This offer will be exclusive to those that pre-order the title prior to launch. Casino will also be available to buy on the day of launch.

Also available by pre-order is exclusive early access to some of the most desirable cars in the game, interior and exterior trim upgrades, and avatar items before they are released as premium download content.

Sitting lavishly on the Test Drive Unlimited 2 pre-order forecourt is the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Supersport, available at Game, Caterham’s Superlight R500 from Amazon.co.uk, the Audi RS 5 Coupe exclusively from ASDA and the Ferrari 612 Sessanta from HMV. Model upgrades include the stunning Aston Martin V12 Vantage Carbon Black offered at Play.com, the Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black at Gamestation and a Camero Synergy Special Edition at various independent retailers around the country. For full details of the pre-order, visit http://www.testdriveunlimited2.com/retail.

All the above pre-order cars are available alongside the Casino which offers a great value pre-order package! These are only available at the above retailers prior to the February 11th launch day.

For North America, the bonuses are as follows:

Amazon
Amazon.com pre-order shoppers will receive the iconic Aston Martin V12 Vantage Carbon Black special edition, exclusive avatar apparel and an additional bonus of Amazon Video Games Credit. The carbon edition features a bespoke Carbon Black color scheme, distinctive carbon fibre details, black mesh components, and high polish black 10 spoke diamond turned alloy wheels. A bright finished grill and front parking sensors complete the exterior detailing of this hand crafted masterpiece. Amazon customers receive an exclusive apparel item for their avatar to compliment the Carbon Black package on their Vantage V12.

Atari.com
Customers who pre-order on Atari.com will unlock the impressive Ford Shelby GT 500. The rebirth of a legend, this reinvented Shelby delivers classically inspired styling and a supercharged engine. The rear-wheel-drive Ford Shelby GT500 is one of the all-time greatest muscle cars ever to hit the pavement. Draped in prestige, and history, tame this masterpiece of modern American muscle and tear up the roads of TDU2.

Best Buy
Best Buy pre-order consumers will be rewarded with the Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black special edition – Aston Martin’s ultimate sports car, and a Carbon Black themed apparel item for their avatar. Featuring bespoke Carbon Black metallic paint complimented with gloss black 10 spoke diamond turned alloy wheels and the iconic Aston Martin side strake fashioned from carbon fibre. Customers will also receive a piece of exclusive Avatar apparel to compliment their new ride. Best Buy Reward Zone members also receive a significant bonus in reward zone points with their TDU2 pre-order.

Direct 2 Drive
Atari fans that pre-order from Direct 2 Drive will receive the Jaguar XKR with Speed Pack and Black Pack. The XKR speed pack increases maximum speed from 155 mph to an awe-inspiring 174 mph. In addition, the Black Pack is a sleek, black custom package that includes a unique, aerodynamic body kit with front splitter and larger rear spoiler, body colored rear signature blade and diffuser, side sill extensions, gloss black front grilles, air intakes and 20” Kalimnos gloss black alloy wheels. An “XKR” side graphic has also been added. Pre-order customers will receive an exclusive shirt for their avatars that compliments the jet black cloth seats, steering wheel, shift knob and center console.

GameStop
The TDU2 Casino Online is a fully functional add-on product for Test Drive Unlimited 2, this valuable game mode is available as a pre-order bonus exclusively to GameStop customers. Unlock this fully interactive in-game environment to play popular casino games, meet up with friends, and more. Players who master the table games in the casino can unlock TWO unique vehicles, the Audi R8 Spyder and the Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder. Casino owners can even win additional money to spend on your cars, properties, and avatar in the world of Test Drive Unlimited 2.

K-mart
Pre-orders at K-mart will unlock the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. The design, especially the large side scallops and the headlights, pay homage to the custom 1954 Ferrari 375 MM that director Roberto Rossellini had commissioned for his wife, Ingrid Bergman. The car is capable of speeds up to 196 mph and can reach 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. This grand tourer is unique as a true 4 seater with adequate space in the rear seats for two adults. Only sixty of these rare masterpieces were built (60 units) to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the company.

Steam
Steam pre-order customers receive the special edition Pagani Zonda Tricolore. The Pagani Zonda Tricolore is a high end performance coupe produced in extremely limited numbers by revered Italian manufacturer, Pagani. The ultra-exclusive Zonda Tricolore is both a savory treat and a spectacular sports car, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Italy’s Frecce Tricolori, the nine-plus-one aerobatic training squadron based at Rivolto Air Force Base in northern Italy. Steam customers will also receive a stylish pullover to wear when driving this exclusive masterpiece, highlighting the unique design features and striking coloring of the Zonda Tricolore.

Walmart
Walmart.com pre-order customers will receive the Bugati Veyron Supersport 2010. This beloved supercar has been clocked as one of the fastest production vehicles in the world, setting a previous street record at 267.86mph. The Supersport packs an impressive 1200 HP that can launch this fireball from 0 to 60 in 2.2 seconds.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 puts the world’s most desirable vehicles in players’ hands.  These ultra-limited edition masterpieces are flawlessly replicated with Eden’s finely tuned driving technology.  Players define their online persona through the customisation of their vehicles, and the acquisition of property, clothing and all the accoutrements of a luxurious car-based lifestyle.  The challenge comes to life with the most expansive and comprehensive multiplayer offering on consoles and the ultimate refinement of the core Test Drive driving experience.  All-new race types, vehicle classes, environmental challenges, locations and much more push this epic franchise to new levels of performance and luxury.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 expands on the traditional racing experience providing gamers with M.O.O.R.®: Massively Open Online Racing®; immersing drivers in a persistent online environment and revolutionizing multiplayer racing communities as players compete, team up, and share their achievements and creations online.  Unlike any other driving game, TDU2 blends the open world experience with realistic vehicles and performance dynamics and for the first time, TDU2 features vehicle damage, weather effects, day and night cycles, and a brand new island to explore.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 will be priced at £49.99 (€59.99) on Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3, and £39.99 (€49.99) for Windows PC.

For more information on Test Drive Unlimited 2 please visit www.testdriveunlimited2.com or log on to www.atari.com.