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Vicarious Existence

To blog about what is going on in the MMO genre from a casual MMO player's viewpoint.

Author: UnSub

Breaking News: Atari Buys Cryptic Studios

Posted by UnSub Tuesday December 9 2008 at 9:07AM
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In some pretty surprising news, Atari has announced it has bought Cryptic Studios for a shade under US $27 million, with additional bonuses adding a potential extra US $20 million to the deal.

At the time of writing, both the Champions Online site and Star Trek Online site (Cryptic's known under-development titles) are offline. The official Cryptic Studios site doesn't yet feature this news.

I'm extremely surprised that Atari has bought Cryptic. For a while there Cryptic looked like being one of the independent studios who stood apart from major publishers and did things their own way... but at the same time, there were questions about how Cryptic was going to self-publish both ChampO and STO without having a major revenue stream available to them. Perhaps the numbers weren't adding up and Cryptic didn't want to sign onto the usual suspects (i.e. SOE, Vivendi, NCsoft) and took a different kind of deal.

I'm sure the next thing out will be a PR statement about how nothing will change at Cryptic as a result of this; expect the release date of Champions Online to drop back a bit (it was going to be Q2 2009; it will probably shift to Q4 2009) as well as some other changes to how Cryptic had planned to operate when they were going it alone.

Also: City of Heroes / Villains has brought into NCsoft over US $100 million dollars? Even at US $25 million a year, that isn't bad.

UPDATE: To avoid confusion, all Cryptic websites are currently up and running at this point in time and carry information about the takeover.

dethgar writes:

I think an interesting thing coming out of this is, will Jack Emmert be kept in charge of STO? I know quite a few people myself who were very upset when they learned he was involved.

Tue Dec 09 2008 9:23AM Report
Ozmodan writes:

Interesting how a good chunk of the money it tied to performance of the upcoming MMO's.

As to Jack Emmert, hey, at least we don't have Daron Stinnett  stating his disasterous views on how to make a MMO.  Anyone else is a major upgrade.

Tue Dec 09 2008 10:02AM Report
Deathstrike2 writes:

Wow, this was completely unexpected.  So now Atari is a MMO company.  Who would have thunk it?  lol

Tue Dec 09 2008 10:38AM Report
XBlade97 writes:

Did not see this one coming.  Well hoping it will have a positive effect on these two much anticpated MMOs.  More money hopefully puts more people on their staffs and a better games in general.

Tue Dec 09 2008 10:41AM Report
Roosevelt writes:

Jack Emmert is a good guy he gets alot of trash for some design choices he made that were beyond his control. If you see him in any of his interviews he is fully behind his visions for both Champions and STO. Trust me the guy has a pair of balls. This is not another Brad Mcquaid.

Tue Dec 09 2008 11:15AM Report
Loke666 writes:

Could be worse off course, could have been EA, but I still haven't forgivem Atari for what they did to "Neverwinter nights 2" (well, them and Obsidian). They followed up one of the best game ever with a buggy crap game :(

Let's hope this is for the better and not worse.

Tue Dec 09 2008 1:51PM Report
Rahyuht writes:

Star Treks Website Is Up?So whats the deal?Is this true or no?

Tue Dec 09 2008 1:53PM Report
mrprogguy writes:

It said "at the time of the writing."  Clearly they're up now.

This is an interesting development.  I'm not sure what I mean by that.

I think I'll get some pizza.

Tue Dec 09 2008 7:47PM Report
Death1942 writes:

i thought Atari went under a few years ago?  i remember trying to get the Temple of Elemental Evil to work...support for that game was...s*** at best.

 

anyway good on em for jumping on the MMO train

Tue Dec 09 2008 9:07PM Report
commi3 writes:

No that was Acclaim that went under, now its an F2P MMO publisher for Chinese games that come to NA. Its trying to come back by publishing TCOS, but its a shadow of its former self.

Tue Dec 09 2008 10:46PM Report
todeswulf writes:

I honestly don't see Champions being delayed, it really can't be. STO is slated to go live September 22 2009, which is the anniversary of TOS launch. My issue with Atari is they have a hit it and forget it philosophy when it comes to launch titles, you can get over with that when you are publishing a RTS but not a MMO. Also anyone who thinks that Jack will not be in charge of these projects might want to back away from the crack pipe. The good news in all of this is the much rumored often put on the back burner New D&D MMO will probably be announced.

STO, Champions, D&D…is cryptic going after the Thirty something gamer?
 

Wed Dec 10 2008 7:19AM Report
UnSub writes:

*waves hands, deletes unwanted posts* :-)

Sun May 24 2009 9:03AM Report

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