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Test Drive Unlimited 2 developers Eden Games are on a symbolic day-long strike today to protest publisher Atari's recent layoffs at the studio and what Eden believes is Atari's continued "mismanagement."
The French developer is staring down Atari-mandated layoffs that will eliminate over 50 positions at the 80-person studio starting most likely in June. "Eden pays now for Atari mismanagement," says a statement from Eden.
It goes on to allege that Atari always follows such layoffs with rosy recovery scenarios that never come to pass. Moreover, it charges that the bigwigs at Atari continue to "get rich despite financial difficulties" that caused the layoffs in the first place, and that Eden employees are as compensated for their work as those over at Atari. Eden even singles out Atari CEO Jim Wilson as an example of the damaged relationship between the two companies, saying that he's never even introduced himself to those at the developer.
According to the studio, Test Drive Unlimited 2 is expected to sell 900,000 copies, but it says it doesn't have the official numbers from Atari. No clarification was given whether this figure is for all the versions of the game and if it's worldwide.
For more on the situation, check out Gamasutra's Q&A with Eden Games.
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This explains a lot why TDU2 isn't so successful...
I would really like to hear Atari's comment on this. I mean, so far everything I've read has been one sided from Eden.
TDU2 certainly has some problems, even after the latest patch/DLC package.
I actually liked the game
Normally, I'd be against a strike, but given Atari's history and the fact that they're laying off 50% of the staff (which is fricking ridiculous, by the by), I say: GO EDEN!
TDU2 sucked... don't think they hold as much power as they think they do lol
Sounds like the same case going on with companies everywhere. They should go rogue and form their own developer firm independent of Atari.
The TDU2 was boring at times only because there wasn't any real attention on objectives.
It seems like it would be more productive to motion for a lawsuit or something instead of y'know...not working for a day. But do what you think is right Eden...
If there is a problem with management request an AUDIT
That's why the updates are taking so long? Wow, I feel like a jerk now for blaming Eden rather than Atari. Screw Atari, hope it's done for soon.