Video game publisher Atari Inc. will return to the universe of The Matrix with a new game that lets players assume the role of actor Keanu Reeves' lead character Neo, the company said on Monday.

"The Matrix: Path of Neo" will be out this holiday season for the PC and leading game consoles, Atari said.

The Wachowski brothers, who wrote and directed the "Matrix" trilogy of films and directed the 2003 video game "Enter the Matrix," will write and direct for the new game as well.

"Enter the Matrix," released in May 2003, was heavily criticized in the gaming press amid accusations of serious bugs in the game. It became a smash hit nonetheless and has sold 6 million units worldwide.

The likenesses of the key characters from the films will appear in the game, as will footage from the movies.

Last week Atari said it would substantially overhaul its operations, closing two studios and committing to spending more time and money on games to improve their development.