The lights are on
Atari is currently in the process of filing for bankruptcy and much like THQ, it is
auctioning off its assorted assets. Some of the sales have been
established but unapproved, and more are expected to occur this coming
Below are the bids that have already been placed. The Sale Hearing to approve these bids is set to take place on the morning of Wednesday, July 24. Wargaming, the developer behind the free-to-play World of Tanks, seems especially interested in some of Atari's franchises. Stardock Systems, the developer behind Sins of a Solar Empire and the Elemental series, have also placed multiple bids.
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Atari recently forced developer Beamdog Entertainment to remove its game Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition for sale from Apple's App Store, as well as Beamdog's website. Beamdog is in discussions with Atari to reinstate the sale of the game, but it's unclear what the future of that game will be, or its planned sequel, an enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate II.
At least two of Atari's franchises have already been sold with licenses for the games Desperados and Silver going to Nordic Games. Nordic Games recently purchased the Darksiders, Red Faction, and MX vs. ATV franchises from THQ.
Our TakeIt's always sad to hear of legacy video game developers and publishers falling apart, but as it was in the situation with THQ, seeing dormant or under-utilized franchises going to other developers is exciting. Wargaming could do something interesting with a Master of Orion game, and the same can be said for Stardock and a new Star Control game.
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All these companies going down, thanks boddypen
Personally I haven't played any of the franchises for sale. But in the right hands, anything can be turned into a good game, right? But I am happy I got the Enhanced Edition of Balder's Gate before it was taken off the App Store.
Damn, if ONLY Stardock would have got Master of Orion!!!
Stardock deserves Master of Orion. That franchise started so strong and had plenty of room grow. Hopefully either one of them re-does the series justice.
Total Annihalation is the best RTS I've ever played. Had a huge modding community with endless mods and unitpacks.
Hope they can reboot this franchise, though THQ did a pretty good job with Supreme Commander as a spiritual successor, the first one anyway.
Atari has released one game that I cared about this gen, and they managed to make a mess of their handling of it. Ghostbusters was a great game, but to not fix a major bug that made certain achievements unobtainable, wait for a year to release a patch to fix it, and not even have that patch work properly shows just how far from being relevant they are in this day and age.
Wow, Nordic Games is starting to look like a sleeper power. Got a lot of good franchises under its belt. Stardock is a developer that I trust to do quality work, so its always good to see their repertoire expand.
Master of Orion!!! 1 & 2 were epic games! Would love to play a new one.
I doubt this will be the death of the Atari name, I'm sure there's someone else who will see value in it. Now whether there's someone out there who can make Atari relevant again is another question.