Atari now has MMO’s! Atari buys MMO dev Cryptic Studios

With all of the activity coming out of Atari lately, you’d think the once-struggling publisher stumbled across a bag of cash under the house. The company, which recently has made a habit of picking up other publisher’s unwanted cast offs, today acquired City of Heroes developer Cryptic Studios in what describes as a "performance-linked deal."

The agreement includes three of Cryptic’s upcoming projects, including next year’s super powered MMO, Champions Online, Star Trek Online in 2010 and an as-yet-unannounced third project (Hint: something Online?) due the year after that. What’s more, the report suggests that in addition to the $26.7 million in cash that Cryptic pocketed from the deal, the developer could see its coffers grow by another $20 million bonus should enough players decide to suit up in tights or explore the final frontier.

Atari buys MMO dev Cryptic Studios originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 09 Dec 2008 10:15:00 EST.


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