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  1. Diablo is offline I'm Delicious!
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    Default Digitally Download TDU

    This was posted by baker011 at the US Atari forum. (thanks to Potato1985 for the tip)

    UPDATE #2:
    Quote Originally Posted by baker011
    Atari will also be running a promotion alongside the digital download launch. Each day, for the first 20 days, one lucky user who purchases a copy through our digital download service will win a Logitech racing wheel for the PC. This has a street value of about $300!
    UPDATE #1:

    Mattlab who is in charge Digital Distribution and E-Commerce at Atari US posted more info about this and answered questions which were asked below.
    You can find the post here:
    http://forum.testdriveunlimitedcentr...=3152#post3152

    Quote Originally Posted by baker011 »
    If you dont want to wait to purchase your copy of TDU for the PC then Atari will be giving users the chance to digitally download it before the actual release date. I dont have a confirmed date for this yet but its likely to be 1-2 weeks earlier than the actual release date.

    Keep checking back here and I will continue to update you guys with news and links to how to download it when I have it!
    Whether this for US only or international is not yet known.
    I'm a bit mental.

  2. FA430RGT is offline Hoods and Alley-ways..
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    Thats pretty interesting, so what about the people that get it illegally? Won't it make there job abit easier?
    ...I Still Dawdle Round These Ends...

  3. Mirza360 is offline Fall Out Boy
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    Quote Originally Posted by FA430RGT »
    Thats pretty interesting, so what about the people that get it illegally? Won't it make there job abit easier?
    but it'll probably be vitually impossible to 'hack' into this type of stuff, itll probably have impenetrable security...whatever that means!

  4. ZSpider is offline Rusted Banger
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    maybe they'll have something like EA link

  5. Street Ryder is offline Speed Demon
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    So whats the story with this, you can download this thing and play a trial version of it before its released

  6. WhiteLines is offline Burnt-out Shell
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    Well instead of going to the shop and buying it , you buy it online and download it.. not that hard to understand i think. Its exactly the same as buying it on the store, but without box and cd/dvd manual etc..

  7. Street Ryder is offline Speed Demon
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    alrite cool cool

  8. Mattlab is offline Just a Skidmark
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    Default Re: Digitally Download TDU

    Hi all,

    Mattlab here from Atari, Inc. I am the person at Atari who is in charge of Digital Distribution and E-Commerce. I was surfing the web and found this awesome forum and just wanted to confirm what Diablo posted above. We are indeed planning on releasing Test Drive Unlimited for the PC in Digital Download format 1 - 2 weeks ahead of the retail launch of the game. Although I cannot share the exact date at this moment, I can say that it is very soon and that you should keep checking the Atari Forums for updates that I will post.

    I also wanted to answer some of your questions about the download...So here it goes.


    Quote Originally Posted by Diablo »
    This was posted by baker011 at the US Atari forum. (thanks to Potato1985 for the tip)
    Whether this for US only or international is not yet known.
    Theoretically anyone anywhere can download the game. You will be able to pay for it via Credit Card, Money Order, Wire Transfer, Check, or Paypal.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZSpider »
    maybe they'll have something like EA link
    We wanted to created something relatively simple and inuative that would allow you to quickly download and play your game and that you don't have to deal with afterwords. It is not similar to EA Link our system is different.

    Quote Originally Posted by Street Ryder »
    So whats the story with this, you can download this thing and play a trial version of it before its released
    When you download the game you are downloading a full version of the game that you can only play if you have paid for it. You will not be able to activate it after you download or even download it for that matter without having paid for it first.

    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteLines »
    Well instead of going to the shop and buying it , you buy it online and download it.. not that hard to understand i think. Its exactly the same as buying it on the store, but without box and cd/dvd manual etc..
    It is true that it won't have a box/DVD BUT it will have a manual in one of the files that comes with the game. The manual comes in PDF format in full color so that you can print it if you wish.

    Hope that clarifies some things!

    Best Regards,
    Mattlab

  9. Diablo is offline I'm Delicious!
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    Hi there Mattlab thank you very much for signing up and clarifying exactly what is going with this Digital Download that Atari is going to be doing. Always good to hear it direct from those in the know rather than rumours or hearsay so I thank you for that.

    Will definitely keep tabs on the US boards and watch for any updates on this.
    I'm a bit mental.

  10. FA430RGT is offline Hoods and Alley-ways..
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    Yay, thank you for answering my question..
    ...I Still Dawdle Round These Ends...

  11. Street Ryder is offline Speed Demon
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    Thanks mattlab for clearing things up

  12. WhiteLines is offline Burnt-out Shell
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    this is what i like to see, some interaction with the community tks matlab Can't wait for it, want to play it online !

  13. sirozzy is offline Just a Skidmark
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    Yeah.. That's cool information... but anyway i would like to play it now Mayby You want to set this up before the date of normal release?? That'll be fine for us

  14. Diablo is offline I'm Delicious!
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    Updated the first post with some info about a PC wheel giveaway for the first 20 days of when this goes live.
    I'm a bit mental.

  15. NOOA is offline Just a Skidmark
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    Sounds cool, but imagine the download time of 8GB.. It would be in stores by the time you finish downloading.. But hey whatever floats your boat -.- Perhaps they will provide maximum bandwidth.. With resume support I would certainly assume. Time to visit the download time calculator to make my decision much quicker and easier ;-)

    PS: Diablo - Nice vids, I've watched them all..

  16. Mattlab is offline Just a Skidmark
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    The download will be smaller than 8 gigs. We have been able to compress it to about 3 gigs I think.

  17. FA430RGT is offline Hoods and Alley-ways..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattlab »
    The download will be smaller than 8 gigs. We have been able to compress it to about 3 gigs I think.
    Just so you know I was being sarcastic and you didn't answer my question. But thanks for the new info..
    ...I Still Dawdle Round These Ends...

  18. NOOA is offline Just a Skidmark
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    Hi Mattlab! Wow thats some nice compression about 70% thanks for the info Time to go recalculate download time..

    Edit: Looks to be about 4.5 hours assuming I get full speed... Here's the nifty site I use to calculate, much easier than using my noggin http://www.martindalecenter.com/AATimeCalc.html
    Last edited by NOOA; 05/03/07 at 22:25 PM.

  19. Diablo is offline I'm Delicious!
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    There could be an announcement about this in the next few hours, according to Mattlab himself he will be updating later on today. (remember US is at least 5 hours behind GMT)

    Update: More info will be posted at 12AM EST (GMT-5). Hopefully Mattlab will post here also so we know exactly what's going on.
    I'm a bit mental.

  20. NOOA is offline Just a Skidmark
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattlab »
    For those of you who missed the hidden message in my last announcement ....

    Atari is pleased to announce that tonight at Midnight (Eastern Standard Time) we will be releasing a Digital Download version of Test Drive Unlimited for the PC on our US website Atari.com/us. The download link will be found on this page: http://www.atari.com/us/games/test_d...imited/dvd_rom From there you will be able to get your copy of the game. This is a Digital Download so everyone from anywhere should be able to get it!

    This is the final version of the game and comes with a full color PDF manual so you are not missing out on anything. The download is quick, easy, and requires a one time activation. After that point you won't even notice the difference between the download and retail versions, except that you won't need a CD of course!

    Racers rev your engines because the game is coming out tonight and it's going to be a hot one!

    Best Regards and Enjoy!
    Mattlab
    I just messed my pants... But seriously Thanks Matt!

 
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