Atari has announced that first person shooter The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, is to join its 2009 publishing line-up.

The title will be the first in the franchise to come to next-gen consoles, and is scheduled for launch on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC in spring 2009.

Previously announced as a remake of The Chronicles of
Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay with added content, Atari has announced that the title will in fact be a brand new, full-length campaign, which will tell a new story while still sharing the "original vision" of the first game with a larger audience.

"It's very exciting to have Assault on Dark Athena as part of Atari's
2009 publishing line-up," said Phil Harrison, president of Infogrames Entertainment, the parent company of Atari. "The first game in the series was a landmark in action gaming and the outstanding team at Starbreeze are creating a feature-packed follow-up which will delight fans and new players alike."

One of the big new features that players will notice, is an online multiplayer combat mode, which will be a big plus point to many next-gen console players.

We'll get an exact release date to you when we have it.