Atari today confirmed to GameSpot the resignation of Martin Edmondson, founder of Reflections Studio. Reflections is the internal studio responsible for the Driver series, one of Atari's most successful and bankable franchises.
"For some time we've been in normal contract renegotiations with Martin, and the two sides were unable to reach an agreement," an Atari spokesman said today.
As for the future of the studio and the Driver franchise, the impression from the spokesman was that there was little fallout after the resignation. "Reflections remains an Atari studio under the same management team that has overseen the studio for quite some time (Martin did not manage the studio). As for the Driver franchise, it is owned by Atari, and we have very big plans for it."
Atari's big plans include the release of Driver 3 for the PC next March. Beyond that, the spokesman would only say, "I can't divulge the longer-term plans, but suffice it to say, the Driver franchise is alive and well."