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 GI.biz 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.
[TechnaBob] posted a rather interesting post about an Atari 2600 that was edible. Now, here I’m thinking.. wow.. when did they make edible electronics?!
but no.. looks like this was a [Cakes by the Pound] response to an [edible Atari 2600 Joystick]
At least the cake looks better then the web site. =/ But there’s some major detail here as anyone that’s played the brick can tell you!
According to an interview with GameSpot, Atari and Chuck E. Cheese founder Nolan Bushnell is working on an MMO.
Here’s how it went down:
GS: You’ve got a hand in a lot of the big gaming trends right now, downloadable content, casual games, social gaming… Do you have anything in massively multiplayer games?
NB: [Long pause.] Yes. [Laughs.]
No further details were offered, but. given his track record for massive culture shifting enterprises–the dude invented Atari, after all–we can’t wait to see Bushnell’s offerings.