E3 06: Atari cuts prices

Indigo Prophecy, Marc Ecko's Getting Up, rest of publisher's current-gen catalog to sell for $19.99 effective June 1.

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LOS ANGELES--While attendees visited Atari's booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week to get a look at games like Test Drive Unlimited and Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, the publisher announced that previous installments in those series, along with the bulk of its catalog, would soon be subject to sweeping price cuts.

Starting June 1 at participating retailers, all of Atari's existing PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance games will carry a $19.99 price point as part of the company's new GamersFirst program. The publisher's PC titles are also included in the program--with the exception of the recently released massively multiplayer game Dungeons & Dragons Online--and will be available for download at the new price point from Valve Software (presumably through its Steam service) and Direct2Drive.

Discussion

101 comments
thongzilla
thongzilla

20.00 bucks is 20.00 bucks does'nt mean the game sucks or that the game is great. When in doubt buy USED GAMES!!!!. As far as Atari going under WHO CARES!!! There will always be crappy games and other companies biting the dust.

alpha_company
alpha_company

Yahooo. Btw, I don't play any of the games mentioned anyways...

UchihaNajib
UchihaNajib

i knew it, thank god i didnt spend 50+ dollers on it

thesineater
thesineater

Like I said in atleast 3 different comments. It does not make any differnce who buys the Atari name! The last thing any struggling videogame company that make crap games should do is buy the name of an even worse crap game company. All they end up doing is increasing their persona of crappiness :). You couldn't pay me 50 bucks to be associated with Atari right now!

Dust24311
Dust24311

Sweet. I'll be interested in seeing how their sales go. I'm hoping they go well, as a lesson to all other publishers!

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

This is a good chance for those who didn't buy Indigo Prophecy yet.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

cool. where's a list of all the games?

classicwhiteguy
classicwhiteguy

that's good news...well not so good news for atari...cause i think that their going out of buiness in the near future unless thay come out with some good games..

ewjim
ewjim

Good news for all! ...Maybe except the Atari :?

ryokinshin
ryokinshin

indigo prophecy, a classic id say

pyth0n13
pyth0n13

now i'm gonna go try indigo prophecy

alberto2045
alberto2045

cool i guess since i dont like so many of those games

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Hopefully more people will play Indigo Prophecy, truly a masterpiece.

ApostleOne
ApostleOne

Weeeakk.. I reserved and bought Getting Up: Limited Edition for $50 when it came out... Oh well, i'm still satisfied =). Go play it, now!

rbarahona
rbarahona

Very nice, I think that they want all their stock out so they can make some profit with those games and start working on the next-gen platforms.

tr00pa_26
tr00pa_26

the games are cool...ahahahaha all those hard work for only 20 bucks

vashkilla
vashkilla

nice now i can get GETTING UP : CONTENETS UNDER PRESSURE

mclazyj
mclazyj

To the poster that asked why Indigo Prophecy was called Fahrenheit in Europe, it was suppose to be called Fahrenheit in the US, but a copyright issue was cause for a name change. And the European version is better, because of less censorship. But it did cost me a few extra bucks, but I get a censor free version of the PC game and it was on DVD to boot.

EvanO_O
EvanO_O

YES! I can finally pick up Indigo Prophecy! :)

cesarotromundo
cesarotromundo

yea.. Im not wasting a penny on ANY current-gen game thats not portable.

ThaGhost2823
ThaGhost2823

Great, now we can get Getting Up and Driver: Parallel Lines at a reasonable price.

somesthetic
somesthetic

Indigo Prophecy was a very bad game. sure, it was novel, but the story was ridiculous and the gameplay was repetitive.

EBWCLIF
EBWCLIF

Is that a fat lady I hear singing? Goodbye Atari.

firefruze
firefruze

meh, Getting Up sucked anyway.

sitgom
sitgom

This would have been cool except i am not an Atrari fan.

NeoDreamAddict
NeoDreamAddict

I have been wanting to pick up Indigo Prophecy, so this will give me a good reason to go ahead and grab it.

slipshoddoa
slipshoddoa

The Atari that started the videogame revolution died (finally) after the Jaguar flopped way back in the early 90s. This "Atari" is the US division of Infogrames and has no relationship to the original Atari. The French company bought the name from Hasbro in a fire sale, and used it because the name had some recognition plus the name "Infogrames" was despised outside of Europe.

haggisbag
haggisbag

For those of you wishing that Atari would just fold, that will just push us that much closer to a Microsoft stranglehold on gaming, where you only have Xbox 360 and Vista, and the price of games will be cheap at $60.

sidious
sidious

Yeah, Indigo Prophecy was a good little game... and way worth you $20, no doubt... Does this mean the new Driver is gonna be $20 (didn't Atari put that out??)

skemaal
skemaal

Proves once again that sales are going down everywhere in the business. A 19.99$ psychological price point should bring sales up a bit - unit wise - . Should also help a little bit with illegal copies. In any case, 2006 is going to be a bad year for game sales. Time for some new innovations instead for the gazillionth shooter, WWII game and strategy game. Thank god for Pokemon. OK OK I`M JUST KIDDING LOL!

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Atari needs to do something for these games to sell.

greatcamel
greatcamel

It needs more main stream games, I don't see why I would want to play "getting up"

aabii
aabii

D&D online is not included, that was an exception stated in the article. Indigo prophecy looked like a great one though for $20...

bebebebebebe123
bebebebebebe123

Not a bad idea after all. 19.99 is way better than 39.99... HAHA.

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