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Posted: Dec 9th 2008 7:15AM DaBruuzer said

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Wow, this one is out of left field. Didn't see that coming at all.

Posted: Dec 9th 2008 7:55AM MrGutts said

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Holt shait, no kidding it was out of left field. Wow, damn now what the hell is going to happen..

That is one way to get into the MMO market I guess.

Posted: Dec 9th 2008 8:24AM Ves said

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Damn, this is one jump into the MMO market. I wonder since when they had planned this, before or after Phil Harrison joined.

Posted: Dec 9th 2008 8:25AM Snorii said

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Wow, certainly didn't expect that.

Posted: Dec 9th 2008 8:51AM UnSub said

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As others have said: didn't see this coming.

I did wonder how Cryptic was going to fund the release of two titles with no income and when they were self-publishing (NB: 2K were just looking after physical distribution according to Cryptic, so weren't a publisher as such). Guess I now know.

Posted: Dec 9th 2008 9:33AM (Unverified) said

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I can understand it from a finical stand-point, but what really surprises me is how defiant Jack was after they had originally sold CoH, and how after the MUO deal fell through, that they were "going to create and publish everything in-house". The 2K deal isn't that surprising to me, b/c they were pretty ambitious w/ developing 2 games and developing a publishing software, but this… very surprising. I’m wondering if Jack will make a statement today.

Posted: Dec 9th 2008 10:37AM Darkdust said

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Hmm, and Atari just signed a distribution deal with CCP for EVE Online. Clearly they want to establish a new strategic direction.

Posted: Dec 9th 2008 10:40AM Ripper McGee said

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Did April 1st come early this year? Talk about an unexpected announcement...

~Ripper

Posted: Dec 9th 2008 10:45AM Mr Angry said

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They are not done with their acquisitions yet!

Posted: Dec 9th 2008 11:00AM (Unverified) said

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Really? I guess that's a good move. They're console development hasn't been all that great over the years. I guess buying up established dev houses and slapping the Atari symbol on it might prove to be a good move.

Are they trying to position themselves in an "EA" type manor?
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Posted: Dec 9th 2008 11:18AM (Unverified) said

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Atari is infamous for pushing unfinished products out the door to meet arbitrary deadlines so I hope they have learned the golden rule with MMOGs: You get ONE chance to do it right.

Posted: Dec 9th 2008 11:27AM (Unverified) said

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It is 100% out of the blue, but honestly I can see why. They're right, Cryptic can make an MMO that works.

Posted: Dec 9th 2008 5:07PM (Unverified) said

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Good, so they can throw money at the worst selling gaming platfrom in the world.
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Posted: Dec 9th 2008 12:50PM (Unverified) said

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Does no one remember that Atari distributed Horizons?

No doubt about it: CO and STO will shipped unfinished and unplayable.

Posted: Dec 9th 2008 12:27PM (Unverified) said

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Wasn't that a completely different Atari than the one that exists now, though? After the whole thing with Infogrames I'm pretty sure we're dealing with a different set of CEO types.
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Posted: Dec 10th 2008 12:55AM wjowski said

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Atari had nothing to do with Horizons' state of release. That little incident can be entirely attributed to one David Bowman.
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Posted: Dec 9th 2008 12:27PM Sam not Spam said

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Atari's brought some good people onboard like Phil Harrison, so here's hoping that they give Cryptic the time and resources they need to do CO and STO well. I'm hoping this also guarantees PS3 versions of the games.

Posted: Dec 9th 2008 1:56PM TheJackman said

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Star Trek and Champions I am sure thinking to pick them up both thanks god they broke free of that NCsoft :D

Posted: Dec 9th 2008 4:09PM (Unverified) said

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unexpected. lets just hope atari doesnt run COX, STO, and Champions into the ground.

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