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Atari Gobbles Up Cryptic Studios

Makers of such fine MMOs as City of Heroes and Star Trek Online will now be making them on a more rigid schedule.

"I'm super, thanks for asking!"
Last week we got a good look at The New Atari, purveyors of Riddick: Dark Athena, Ghostbusters, and an upcoming console version of The Witcher, among other titles. All the credit can't go to Phil Harrison, but you have to admit, things really appear to be on the up and up over there since he took the reins.

Seems like Atari--or rather, its corporate overlord, Infogrames--saved the biggest news for last. It's gone and bought Cryptic Studios, the people behind the City of Heroes games and the forthcoming Champions Online and Star Trek Online.

Good thing making MMOs is Cryptic's forte, because they're going to be doing a lot more of that!

Atari will benefit from Cryptic's powerful proprietary engine, scalable content development tools and online server architecture to deliver very high productivity-per-employee and industry-leading client/server performance and create unique, high quality MMO games on 18 to 24-month cycles.

I'm no game developer (duh), but 18 months sounds like a brief time to accomplish the Herculean task of creating an entire new MMO game. Then again, as the release points out, Cryptic can offer a broad set of tools and technology that should help facilitate quicker production cycles. Let's just hope all its forthcoming games don't look like they popped out of the same mold.
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Posted by Brad
"I'm super, thanks for asking!"
Last week we got a good look at The New Atari, purveyors of Riddick: Dark Athena, Ghostbusters, and an upcoming console version of The Witcher, among other titles. All the credit can't go to Phil Harrison, but you have to admit, things really appear to be on the up and up over there since he took the reins.

Seems like Atari--or rather, its corporate overlord, Infogrames--saved the biggest news for last. It's gone and bought Cryptic Studios, the people behind the City of Heroes games and the forthcoming Champions Online and Star Trek Online.

Good thing making MMOs is Cryptic's forte, because they're going to be doing a lot more of that!

Atari will benefit from Cryptic's powerful proprietary engine, scalable content development tools and online server architecture to deliver very high productivity-per-employee and industry-leading client/server performance and create unique, high quality MMO games on 18 to 24-month cycles.

I'm no game developer (duh), but 18 months sounds like a brief time to accomplish the Herculean task of creating an entire new MMO game. Then again, as the release points out, Cryptic can offer a broad set of tools and technology that should help facilitate quicker production cycles. Let's just hope all its forthcoming games don't look like they popped out of the same mold.
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Posted by GioVANNI

Cool, I'm excited for Champion's.

Posted by GioVANNI

Cool, I'm excited for Champion's.

Posted by yellownumber5

I think its good for Atari making some positive choices.  I'm actually starting to pay attention to them again.

Posted by LaszloKovacs

This is a terrible idea.

"Hey guys let's take a gameplay model that requires months for the community to mature and then constantly start over every year or so!"

Posted by Scooper

It's wierd how people's views changed so quickly over Atari.

Posted by GamerGeek360

Wow, could Atari be turning around?

Posted by NathHaw

I'm excited for Star Trek Online.  Hopefully, it won't be too rushed now.

Posted by poser

Wait...Atari doesn't suck balls? Wow that Obama guy sure is a miracle worker!

Edited by JoelTGM

18 months to make high quality MMOs?  Sounds like they're just geared up to make money and nothing more.

Edited by RawShark

Looking forward to Champions, but only because I was reading it'll be a 360 release. Playing an MMO that isn't weeaboo-tastic on my 360 sounds like fun.

Posted by DrRandle

Wait, when did Atari get money?

And why couldn't they use these mysterious resources to help make Alone in the Dark better? That game had so much potential...

Also, yes, Champions will be awesome. I need no other MMO's every 18 months.

Posted by Artemis_D

Really?  Wow...

Posted by ZombiePie

Man Atari looks like it made the right choice in picking up Phil Harrison. They seem to be exhibiting leadership and initiative.

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Posted by AspiringAndy

Atari is steppin up!

Posted by Milkman

Wow, I guess that means Atari is back.

Posted by floodiastus

If they go public with another weed-smokers lounge section in their building, im buying all their new games :D

Posted by Doomshine

Go Phil Harrison!

MOETOERSTOURM!

Posted by Media_Master

I'll reserve judgement until Atari makes a good game...