Atari Got The Rights to 100+ Classic PC, Console Games
Atari, a pioneer in the video game industry and a brand that has been around for more than half a century, recently made an exciting acquisition. The company has obtained the rights to over 100 PC and console games from the 1980s and 1990s, including classic titles like Bubsy, 1942: Pacific Air War, Hardball, F-117A, Demolition Racer, and F-14. These games were originally created by respected developers such as Accolade, Infogrames, and Microprose, and many of them are considered groundbreaking and award-winning.
Wade Rosen, the CEO of Atari, expressed his enthusiasm for the acquisition in a statement, saying, “This is a deep catalog that includes groundbreaking and award-winning titles from Accolade, Infogrames, and Microprose. Many of these titles are a part of Atari history, and fans can look forward to seeing many of these games re-released in physical and digital formats, and in some cases, even ported to modern consoles.” This is great news for gamers who have fond memories of playing these classic titles on their PCs and consoles.
But that’s not all. Atari is also planning to use its newly acquired IP collection to create new games and explore brand and merchandising collaborations. This means that we can expect to see more games based on classic Atari titles, as well as new titles that incorporate elements of the company’s history and heritage.
In addition to acquiring the rights to classic games, Atari has also secured the trademark for the now-defunct US video game developer Accolade. Accolade, which was founded by Activision co-founders Alan Miller and Bob Whitehead in 1984, was known for its popular sports series like Jack Nicklaus and Test Drive. Although the company folded in 2000 after being published by French publisher Infogrames (which later became known as Atari SA), its legacy lives on through its games, which will now be under the Atari umbrella.
Overall, Atari is making a concerted effort to transform itself and revitalize its brand. According to the company, this is a multi-year effort that involves expanding Atari’s video game business and leveraging the company’s large catalog of IP to release classic games and bring new, high-quality games to market. With its rich history and a vast library of classic games, Atari has a lot of potentials to become a major player in the gaming industry once again.