Atari beaming up Riddick in '09

Infogrames-owned publisher has picked up The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena; PS3, 360, and PC game will contain new full-length campaign.

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The aftermath of the Activision-Blizzard merger left many games with an uncertain future. The newly formed megapublisher decided not to support a number of games on Sierra Entertainment's roster, including Ghostbusters, Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, World in Conflict: Soviet Assault, and 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. It remains to be seen how many of these games will become reality. THQ recently bought the rights to 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, but high-profile titles such as Ghostbusters still lack an official publisher despite rumours of rescue.

All we've seen of Riddick's latest incarnation so far...

Today, one more Sierra title has found a home. Atari has announced that it has acquired the global publishing rights to Starbreeze Studios' first-person shooter The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. Working in conjunction with Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group, Tigon Studios, and the developers, Atari is set to release the game in "spring 2009."

Starbreeze Studios' previous game based on the Riddick IP, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, was well received when it was released for the Xbox and PC in 2004. In addition to its predecessor's storyline, the game will sport a brand-new full-length campaign, as well as online multiplayer elements the critically acclaimed original lacked.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is scheduled for worldwide release on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC in spring 2009. GameSpot will bring you more details on the game as soon as they are available.

Discussion

83 comments
chrisisaac
chrisisaac

big riddick fan hope game is awesome

macedonia_sucks
macedonia_sucks

i remember playing riddick when i was working in my internet/gaming cafe for me its still one of the best games i ever played thank god for this one

kitty
kitty moderator

Awesome news, a new riddick is deifintely needed, Imo, it was one of the best games for last gen.

peterz0306
peterz0306

Surely one of the best games inspired by a film, I'm waiting to see what Starbreeze will do with this one!

NoseWeed619
NoseWeed619

Awesome. I loved the first game so much. Kept me busy for a little while...

tudyniuz
tudyniuz

I loved the first game and this one looks brilliant:D

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

hope this game will be good, I want to play it when it comes out

aphexchris
aphexchris

butcher bay was awesome! was just playing it the other day - graphics are still pretty good. and that crazy cube menu system - well cool! :D RIDDIIIIIIIIICKKK!!!!!

necronaux
necronaux

YES! New full lenght campaign, and multi-player. I was so p'd when the first announced it was just a rehash of EFBB. This is great news.

cooldude03
cooldude03

I've been looking forward to this game for a long time. I'm so happy this game is still moving forward and has a publisher that wants to make money. Because if this game is half the game the first one was, literally half this game is the first one, it should be a huge hit.

dukerav
dukerav

I have fond memories of Butcher Bay, shiving prisoners in the back, beating guys down, hell of a good time. Id also like to add that imo at least, it also had one of the best game intro sequences Ive ever seen, even better than some of this gen's. I will be picking this game up day and date of its release.

chilipepperman
chilipepperman

SWEET! I loved Escape from Butcher Bay, it was like my most fav game of all time, and if they do what they say they are doing, then this is going to be a great add-on

Pete5506
Pete5506

Good to hear, I think I might play though the 1st game again

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

Well I am glad to see that it was picked up, though Atari... eh. I mean I guess it all depends on how close it was to going gold. Atari gets alotta flack but thats due to the fact on who they keep choosing to develop their titles. Hopefully the game is near completion so Atari doesnt get a chance to outsource the title to another developer to finish it.

HUNTER-VENOM
HUNTER-VENOM

One of the best games I ever played I cant wait to see what they did with the remake.....kind of remake new....game....thing.

eggmcmuff
eggmcmuff

Good to see this one get picked up. The original was ahead of it's time in many ways. It's also one of the few games I've played more than once. The extra content means I'll be giving it another go, I guess.

Ice_man_1985
Ice_man_1985

i've been waiting so long. now i will have to wait.

sequekhan
sequekhan

Escape was wicked fun, but anything with Riddick in it is bound to impress. I get shivers just thinking about it.

king_loei
king_loei

WICKED! I bought the platinum edition of Chronicles of Riddick for xbox, but since I have a 360, I never gor to play it. It never worked. :( BUT NOW I CAN GET THE EVEN BETTER GAME TO MAKE UP FOR IT!! :)

drummerboi43
drummerboi43

sweet...I read about this over a yaer ago in GI...glad it found a publisher

shrink45
shrink45

This is AMAZING. I was nervous that it was cast off to Atari to die, but it was just to be published. Definitely one of my favorite games! RIDDICK FANS REJOICE!

da1writer
da1writer

WOOHOOO! I loved Chronicles of Riddick on my PC and was very envious when Xbox owners had their console copy and Sony owners were left to wait for this to come out. Finally a date and a publisher has come to dig the game from the grave. I'm really looking forward to playing this game again on my PS3, I will definately be buying this and don't mind a second play through!

julianwelton
julianwelton

I still want this game, but I'm pissed that it hasn't come out yet. I've been waiting for this since it's announcement in 07. I'm glad to hear they expanded it to a full campaign instead of just a few extra missions. Maybe it'll be worth the wait after all.

FrostyMD
FrostyMD

@Maxor They are adding a new story. Read the article before you troll.

Maxor127
Maxor127

Too bad it's supposed to be just a crappy remake. I don't see why they don't just make a new story. Butcher Bay was good though, and one of the best movie to video game adaptations ever as well as just an excellent game in its own right.

snake289
snake289

I Got this game free with my Geforce 6200 at the time damn I would of rather paid to play this awesome game.

WestSideAzn
WestSideAzn

I never really liked Escape from Butcher Bay, however, I do believe that this game might be much better.

ctg867
ctg867

Ya know, Atari should just go ahead a pick up World in Conflict too while they're at it. I really did think that Atari was going casual, online, and downloadable, but this is so not the case. Maybe we can see Atari pick up some lingering licenses, bring back some old series, and make another good run to be competitive. Mix that with their new strategy and they very well could be set. All I know is I'm picking up Riddick without a doubt...

EchoEcho
EchoEcho

"Lman94: Awww man, I was gonna buy this game, but I decided against it because I thought it was going to be canceled. I got LittleBigPlanet instead but the original was one of my most favorite games of all time. maybe for Xmas this year." You may want to reread the article again -- I'm pretty sure "Spring 2009" doesn't come before "Xmas this year".

EskimosAreReal
EskimosAreReal

I have the first one on PC and I must say that it is probably some of the best gaming money I have ever spent. This game is now my most wanted.

Lman94
Lman94

Awww man, I was gonna buy this game, but I decided against it because I thought it was going to be canceled. I got LittleBigPlanet instead :( but the original was one of my most favorite games of all time. maybe for Xmas this year.

YankeeDan345
YankeeDan345

I'm filled with the happiness. THE JOY PEOPLE RIDDICK LIVES!!!!!

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

I thought Starbreeze said the game was "just about done"? I guess they don't want to go up against Killzone 2 or Resident Evil 5.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I had already forgotten about this game. Is Starbreeze making it?

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

First one was great, I hope this one lives up to the hype

janderdarkmoon
janderdarkmoon

Great opportunity if you never played the first. Butcher Bay was one of the most underrated games of the las t game generation.

umbrae
umbrae

To clear up for some people, Atari is just a publisher, so it is not likely they will mess up this game since it was already far in development. Also, this is not a new game. This is the original Escape from Butcher Bay game with updated graphics and some extra content. It is not a "sequel" in the normal sense: it is labeled as a "remake".

spacer69
spacer69

About time Microsoft start bringing out true sequels from their stock of great games from the original Xbox. Fable 2, a new Riddick, and maybe a good mech game like mechassault 1-2. Please someone make Mechassault 3 please :)

Tricky1510
Tricky1510

EFBB was my favorite last gen game, no exceptions. To me, this is bigger news than Bioshock 2, Halo: Recon, or any other top game. Go back and beat the first one, its incredible 100% of the way through it.

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

All it really needed is a graphical update. Please, PLEASE dont change anything else!

jmartin1016
jmartin1016

yay! Never beat the first one, but it was awesome.

gunswordfist
gunswordfist

I hope this will be Chronicles Of Riddick's Far Cry Instincts Predator. I'm playing Predator now and love how they put the original game on the 360 and a sequel. I also hope they do the stealth and combat justice with the new multiplayer modes.

normsta
normsta

sweet! please atari don't mess with it too much!! it isn't broken so don't try and fix it!!

Andrew0824
Andrew0824

Cool, I've been waiting for a sequel to Riddick for years. IMO, that's still the best FPS of the last generation. Yes, better than eitehr Halo, better than Half-Life 2, Far Cry, etc. Damn that was an awesome game. I'm glad Starbreeze is stil the developer.