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Posted: May 17th 2011 4:17PM Luk said

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I hope NCSoft buys Cryptic, replaces all the big shots with Paragon Studios personnel and puts them to work on COH2. Cryptic has wasted their time and customer's money enough already, time to get serious.

Posted: May 17th 2011 8:17PM Tovrin said

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@Luk Bloody Hell! I hope not! The only way NCSoft would do that is if they could find a way to squeeze out of having to honor lifetime members. There is no profit in lifetime members for them.
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Posted: May 17th 2011 4:29PM DLemke said

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It’s the Flagship Studios curse. People like Bill Roper, anything they touch dies. Flagship Studios people over at Mythos will be the next to fail miserably. I’m not being a random hater, I’m saying that they made some really bad design and marketing decisions to screw players. They deserve to fail. Why anybody plays their games is beyond me, other than people just don’t know history, the true colors these people showed us at Flagship Studios.

Posted: May 18th 2011 4:33AM pcgneurotic said

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@DLemke

"I’m not being a random hater, I’m saying that they made some really bad design and marketing decisions to screw players. They deserve to fail."

Sounds like hate to me!
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Posted: May 17th 2011 4:34PM Decados said

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FTA

"Also, since we've got so many people asking in the comments, Gamasutra reports that "development on the Bay Area studio's Neverwinter project will continue as normal for the time being."

Well...crap. To be honest, I'm so leery of Jack EmMErt getting his hands on this, with his "I know what fun is and if you're not having fun you're just not doing things right" attitude. I would so much rather see a smaller developer who has a true love of the title and not on who's just commited to an arbitrary 18month cycle of producing drek.

Posted: May 17th 2011 4:37PM Shall I do Better said

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I heard at GDC that they are selling it off to a Chinese MMO company and with the cash they are paying off their largest investor who wants to pull out. Eden strike and selling their MMO business leaves Atari little to focus on. Things just get tougher for poor Atari.

Posted: May 17th 2011 4:40PM Yellowdancer said

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Well, if SOE hadn't just gone through the crapper with the whole hacking thing, they probably woulda bought the two games and threw them in Station Access...

Posted: May 17th 2011 4:53PM hami83 said

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I wouldn't worry. With Star Trek and Champions, I imagine SOME company will pick them up and most likely change ST to F2P with a shop, similar to champions.

Also, if they were up 10 million from the last year, I'm sure if ST went F2P they would be making a nice profit with Champions and Star Trek.

Posted: May 17th 2011 10:36PM Lionhearted said

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@hami83

Given the fact that they're only losing a few million a year while they're in the process of making another major game, that means to me STO and CO are *already* making money... just not enough to offset the huge expense it is to make a game.

Gaming studios lose money when they're in big development phases, particularly newer ones (and given the fact that Cryptic started from scratch, it *was* new *all over again). This is nothing shocking as MOST businesses that are new and developing lose money until they're well out of the gate. I'm sure even Bioware is losing huge amounts of dough with the development of TOR -- upwards of a hundred million, I bet -- until the game actually comes out.

Atari shouldn't really complain about Cryptic still losing money when it forced another game on Cryptic's lap. The studio should have just focused on STO and CO to put those games in an even better position than they're already in (and having recently played both, the player base is healthy and given the debacle those games started in, things should have been all smiles).
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Posted: May 18th 2011 3:41AM Protoavis said

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@hami83

STO is going to have to go F2P. Star Trek Infinite Space is just around the corner (browser based, unity engine, f2p) and it's space combat (aka the fun part of STO) looks a lot more interesting than STO. Graphically the games look pretty similar.
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Posted: May 17th 2011 4:53PM Stormwaltz said

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I like how they announced it as a "by the way" in an earnings statement.

You stay classy, Atari.

Posted: May 17th 2011 5:02PM jealouspirate said

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I don't take pleasure in the idea of anyone losing their job, but Cryptic rushes medicore products to market and tries to make money off lifetime subs before people realize the games aren't worth it. I think the MMO industry would be better off without Cryptic.

Posted: May 17th 2011 5:04PM BubleFett said

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WTF, is going on over there.
so much drama, for gods sake.
A south korean company should buy Cryptic for a few
dollars and save the games they currently have.

Posted: May 17th 2011 5:07PM Keen and Graev said

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Absolutely no tears will be shed here. This company truly needs to be shut down so that their philosophy and methodology die along with them. Sucks for the employees, which should go without saying.

Posted: May 17th 2011 5:11PM SnarlingWolf said

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Is anyone actually surprised by this?

I remember people saying how great STO was going to be and how many people would play it. How did that turn out?

I remember cryptic doing cheap tactics to get people to buy lifetime subs to CO to get early access to STO.

It is a bad company which makes bad games. Why is it a shock to anyone that a parent company would want to unload a studio like that?

I would honestly be surprised if any major company would step in to buy Cryptic. I don't think it is worth the investment. The only reason someone might buy it is to get the rights to making the NWN MMO and gut the rest of the company.

Posted: May 17th 2011 7:29PM Noviere said

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@SnarlingWolf I'm pretty sure Atari still owns the rights to NWN... It seems unlikely that they would sell those rights with Cryptic. But who knows?
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Posted: May 17th 2011 5:16PM (Unverified) said

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I really hope someone buys them up and fixes up Champs (STO is doing okay... in comparison). I'll be watching this eagerly...

Posted: May 17th 2011 5:29PM wondersmith said

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I hope Warner buys CO and STO, and has Turbine fix them up with *proper* F2P implementations, thus doubling their subscriptions, tripling their revenues, and making Atari sorry they sold them.

Posted: May 17th 2011 5:30PM Yellowdancer said

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@wondersmith

Turbine has 2 games in development so I doubt they would pick this up now.
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Posted: May 17th 2011 5:30PM Phenomen said

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Neverwinter is alright? I'm happy.

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