Atari has announced that it has agreed to buy Digital Eclipse as part of its “retro-driven growth” strategy that saw it acquire System Shock remake developer Nightdive in May. Like Nightdive, Digital Eclipse is a developer specializing in retro game remakes such as a collection of Atari’s top ten hits, Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection, and The Making of Karateka, an interactive documentary of the popular action game.
Atari CEO Wade Rosen said: “Digital Eclipse is the best in the world at what it does. They have a deep love and respect for the history of the gaming industry and are known for developing acclaimed projects based on historic franchises. ” Press release. “Digital Eclipse, along with Nightdive, fit perfectly with Atari’s new DNA and purpose. I’m personally excited to see where we can push the boundaries of retro innovation together.”
It is buying the California-based studio for $20 million, which Atari says will allow it to expand its in-house development capabilities and leverage Digital Eclipse’s talent for restoring and remastering classic games. Atari expects to complete the acquisition within a few days.
Digital Eclipse has been involved in the development of new remasters for some of the biggest video game franchises, including Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary, Mega Man Legacy Collection, SNK 40th Anniversary Collection, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, and Disney Classic Games. Collection.
“Our experience working together on Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration was revelatory,” said Mike Mika, president and creative director of Digital Eclipse. “The trust that Atari has shown in our team, and our mutual love and obvious respect for the content, has allowed us to produce something truly remarkable. I know that Atari will continue to support our approach and that we will have many years of exciting new projects.” We will bring something exciting to the fans. Come on.”
As Digital Eclipse in a blog post, it will be business as usual for the company in the near future. The company still has several non-Atari game remasters in development and will retain the freedom to pursue these projects. The Gold Master series will continue to focus on using the interactive documentary format to tell important stories about video games. Atari wants to continue this format and has not placed any restrictions on the company or the future of the Gold Master series.
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