Atari Europe: Game development goes on

The company wants to make clear that financial and restructuring issues at Atari, Inc. will not affect the European arm.

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Earlier this week, troubled publisher Atari hit the headlines after its latest financials showed the US company's figures taking a nosedive across the board. In a statement, Atari admitted that it was concerned about its ability to continue to operate, and after selling off its development studios, it will concentrate on publishing and distribution in the US.

However, Atari's head of UK PR, Lee Kirton, told GameSpot today, "For Atari Europe business is fine. There's been some restructuring in the US but it doesn't affect Europe."

He reassured gamers that Alone in the Dark, Test Drive Unlimited, and the other titles that Atari had coming up would not be affected.

Earlier this month, Atari's US CEO David Pierce resigned after just over one year on the job, and figures were released for both the first and second quarter, both of which painted a bleak picture for the company.

Discussion

46 comments
Hyacinth2600
Hyacinth2600

I don't care about "Atari Europe". Its only Infogrames Entertainment, Atari's parent company. Atari needs to get on the ball here. Their holiday releases look good. Godzilla, DBZ(with online), Witcher. I hope these titles bring them up. Screw Infogrames. If they aren't gonna help Atari out, then why dont they sell Atari to a better company?

classicfan
classicfan

I don't like EA they censor there games just so a little kid can play them!. F'n@SSes..And where the hell is Freedom Fighters 2 damn!..EA also never did the sequel to Black!..Damn..That game had Potential!.

classicfan
classicfan

Damn its the Economy's fault its like 1987 when the stock market crashed on Black Sunday 1987..But I hope Atari makes a comeback there from my generation 1976-1984..Oh the games were fun back then..But I'm shocked to see that theres no classics in the PS3 store Centipede, Kangroo, Mario Bros, Pacman etc- or be it the Wii!?.Come on Atari get the rights to put them up on PS3 and Wii!..If you would get more of your old school games out then maybe things would turn out alright perhaps?..And stop making crappy games that is?.No Offense but I'm sure you know some of your games did horrible!..All The Best!

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

Everyone's forgetting one high point of theirs. UNREAL TOURNAMENT 2004. If those words don't ring a bell... I'm sorry, but you're not an actual gamer.

dark-zazo
dark-zazo

Ah, Europe... what would the world do without you...?

okassar
okassar

Omg,Atari has little chance of recovering.Even in its terrible state right now,it's still in decline.You never no though,there is a small chance that they make a recovery through an amazing game.Do they have sufficient recsources for that though?I doubt it.

hassam7
hassam7

Hoo cares Atari stink LOL!!!

wood_jl
wood_jl

Just as the post above this one indicates - people still think "this Atari" has anything to do with the "old Atari" that was responsible for the 2600. Unbelieveable.

flashsc85
flashsc85

so theres a tdu 2 o o o rumer time

ablance82
ablance82

r they making test drive unlimited 2

hector1313
hector1313

Atari have actually published good games, but they tend to do an EA and milk their successes for all their worth, usually ending up in the entire series of games being tainted by the time that last game rolls around... They've done it with Driver, and X-Com and Worms, and I'm quite sure they'll do it with other series they have. They should just keep being creative and not working on the same things all the time...

suprsolider
suprsolider

Just F-ing die already Atari. What you did to the game industry is still nearly unforgivable. Yes, I know this isn't the real Atari and the game crash of 83 was from the old Atari. But the new Atari seems to keep with the tradition that lead to the the crash, making crappy games. Give up Atari. Just go away and leave the industry to people who care more for it than Atari ever did.

Petri87
Petri87

THE_PREZIDENT Well at least if Atari US goes poof, we can still rely of the European division to give us Test drive and Along in the dark. Atari Wont maka any Test Drive games for 6years because they have licenced it of to infograme. Atari got 5million and Info gets to make and release two TD games and Atari wont get any money of those games since they dont "own" the license anymore. And by the looks of it, i wont be surprised if they sell of the AITD licence too very soon. To bad, thay made alot of good games 10+years ago

ctg867
ctg867

Where's my "Support Atari" group? Don't knock Atari, otherwise you're a fool. If you have the money, support them.

Nicolas00-0g
Nicolas00-0g

Atari won't survive too long. They sold Driver and Reflection to Ubisoft last year, Probally will lost the Dragon Ball license and other things, they will close their door in 2 or 3 years. So I just expect that the new Atari games save them.

redskinStu
redskinStu

I'm holding out hope that a good Alone in the Dark game is coming.

RebelMac
RebelMac

Please hold on Atari. I love this neon-sign from "Blade Runner". Future awaits.

THE_PREZIDENT
THE_PREZIDENT

Well at least if Atari US goes poof, we can still rely of the European division to give us Test drive and Along in the dark.

endocrine
endocrine

masterchief725: infogrames owns atari. They just sometimes use the atari label on games for familiarity.

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

Well at least that one is going OK ... lets hope for the best for Atari ... its allways sad when a game producing company goes bankrupt , especially if its an old one :?

mattcake
mattcake

After reading the Jeff Minter news post, I recommend they do a next gen (sic) version of Frogger :D Alone in the Dark, at the time, was a fantastic game but we all know itll be butchered into some Res Evil clone that couldve been called anything. The thing that made the orig AitD was the creepy atmosphere and (fixed) dramatic camera angles, I dont see how that can carry over. Still, might be a decent game in its own right...

Strike_Zer0
Strike_Zer0

Good news. Alone in the Dark looks like it could be pretty impressive.

Percy6744
Percy6744

okay good for a second there i thought they had screwed up the plans for TDU 2 *whew!*

trigun0006
trigun0006

Wow Atari has gone a long way, but ive read that they have been loosing money for a looooooooooooooooooooooooongggggggggggg time. I remember reading "atari looses money" for probably atleast the last 2 or 3 years.

bdhoff
bdhoff

The licenses wouldn't be lost. They would be liquidated and someone else would carry them on. Or not.

Alfredozero
Alfredozero

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MasterChief725
MasterChief725

jeez, well at least atari Europe aint goin anywhere. But how can Test Drive be infrogames in the US, and...atari in Europe? hm....interesting...and does atari have the DBZ license in Europe?

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

This is at least some good news for atari but not much the future look's grim for them. EA should just buy them already i mean what are they waiting for??

tyzwain
tyzwain

Lol @ Kori911... If EA hasn't bought it, then Atari can't be worth it.

mashom
mashom

It is proff that ATARI Future is dark, like alone in dark.

kori911
kori911

Come on EA, buy it already.

Montrealien
Montrealien

atari is not former infogrames, atari was GT interactive wich infograms owns. Eitherway, hope they pull through this. To the EA haters....go put on a tinfoil hat pls, lol

NorthernRT
NorthernRT

I'm a fan of Atari, but I guess I'll have to wait and see how they pull through :) (Booo to Atheno's comment)

stika
stika

come on Atari i have faith in you... you can pull out of this one yet

Jd1680a
Jd1680a

Atari's loss is someone else's gain. Just a couple days ago, Codemasters reported their revenues went up 332% in the US this year.

maxbeeck
maxbeeck

atari = former infogrames infogrames is still the name of the holding

dangerbean
dangerbean

Atheno, you seem to misunderstand why people dislike EA. Its really that they make bad games, its just that having a company get as big as EA is bad for the industry as a whole and reducesa the variety of games available

jasper061992
jasper061992

Unfortunatly, not many people know that Aytheno.

Atheno
Atheno

This Atari IS NOT THE ATARI that made those systems long ago. That company has been dead for along time. This is another company that is using the name of Atari from what I can remember. And also another poster said EA is a bad company, well obviously it isn't if its BUYING OUT all the other companies, and don't give me that crap about this not meaning they are a good company. Obviously people are buying their games and enjoying them enough to buy the sequals. They make bad games sometimes yes, but most of the games I own are either developed or published by EA and I love them. I wish people would get off this stupid FAD about hating EA, most haven't even played an EA game.

Strap_happy
Strap_happy

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Strap_happy
Strap_happy

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tig1979
tig1979

Shame that companys like Atari are having trouble, after all it was one of the first video game companys in existence, made the groundbreaking 2600 all those years ago, sad though that good companys like Atari have problems while bad companys like EA buy everything they can get their hands on