Hawaii Film Blog

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Zoom Around Oahu in Atari's New Video Game

Atari Inc. just finished developing a driving-based multi-player video game set on Oahu! "Test Drive Unlimited" will be released in September 2006 on multiple console platforms including Xbox and PlayStation. Players will be able to zip and zoom through simulated Oahu streets and 'hoods.

The Honolulu Advertiser interviewed one of the game's producers, who said that Oahu was chosen because of its ideal size (not too big, not too small) and diversity of roads and scenery. The producer also said that many sources--maps, models, geographical studies--were used to accurately portray Oahu. The company also sent 2 artists to spend a week on Oahu with a camera mounted on their windshield.

"Test Drive Unlimited" is a great example of an interactive game production that would qualify for Hawaii's new 15-20% refundable production tax credit--provided that the production incurred at least $200K in qualified costs in Hawaii and made a workforce development contribution (
more details here). So game developers, take note: the new tax credit isn't just for film, TV, and commercials--you can use it too!

>> Atari's new driving game set on O'ahu [Hnl Advertiser, 8/9/06]

Finally! Forms for 15-20% Film Tax Credit!
Local Film/TV News Roundup, 8/2/06
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