Enter the Matrix studio head exits

Dave Perry resigns following Atari's announcement that Shiny Entertainment will be sold; intends to return once buyer is found.

Last week, following a series of dismal financial reports, Atari announced plans to sell off all its internal studios. One of said studios is Shiny Entertainment, the shop behind the best-selling Enter the Matrix and the tepid-selling The Matrix: Path of Neo.

However, Shiny has done much more than make movie tie-ins. The company was founded in 1993 by iconoclastic game designer David Perry. In the subsequent 13 years, it has released a series of innovative titles including the original Earthworm Jim and the award-winning Sacrifice. It has also been owned by two publishers who were once among the greatest names in gaming: Interplay, which bought the shop in 1995, and Atari/Infogrames, which purchased the company in 2002.

Now, with the developer about to go on the auction block again, Perry is relinquishing his duties as Shiny's president to help facilitate its sale. According to a report in the Orange County Register, Perry has temporarily quit the company to help find the best buyer possible for Shiny. He told the newspaper that he made the move to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

"If I'm an employee of Atari, then I'd be stepping all over them," he said. "This way, I'm representing a buyer. I can act swiftly and get buyers on the table. I pitched Shiny last time [to Interplay] and got $47 million."

Declaring there is "a lot of interest" in buying Shiny, Perry also told the Register that speed was of the essence. "I can bring a lot of parties to the table, and I can do that faster if I hit the streets myself."

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48 comments
ensignro
ensignro

""If I'm an employee of Atari, then I'd be stepping all over them," he said. "This way, I'm representing a buyer. I can act swiftly and get buyers on the table. I pitched Shiny last time [to Interplay] and got $47 million." " Last time Shiny was pitched was to Atari, not to Interplay. Atari payed close to $50 million for them, thus raising the costs for the first Matrix game significantly.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

atari is soon to be doomed. they couldn't even do UT 2k5 right......

Aragorn33
Aragorn33

Maybe I would care if their games were better.

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

Maybe this time the new publisher wont release Shiny's games before thier ready. Last two games from Shiny have been garbage.

spartan202
spartan202

hopefully sony grabs it and makes it really shiny

matparkerbinbro
matparkerbinbro

expect microsoft/Ea to pick up atari + studios and tear it to pieces

Hellisunreal
Hellisunreal

hope this will teach those guyz at atari to make some good stuff... rather than the broken & repetitive crap they were sellin

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

It's sad that a lot of people associate Atari with bad games. To be honst - they make many good ones. One I'm currently enjoying is Rollercoaster Tycoon 3. It's made by Frontier, an internal studio.

samuel_sweeney
samuel_sweeney

R.I.P atari, even if you didnt do that well 2nd time round I SALUTE YOU! /salute

ewjim
ewjim

I like Atari, but Shiny's Dave Perry - HE'S GENIOUS!!! "The company was founded in 1993 by iconoclastic game designer David Perry. In the subsequent 13 years, it released a series of innovative titles including the original Earthworm Jim (!!!) and the award-winning Sacrifice."

sidious
sidious

Maybe their new publisher will encourage them to make a new Earthworm Jim game for Next Gen consoles and the DS/PSP! That would be awesome!!!

GIF
GIF

The problem with Shiny is that they made a game that looked like a first generation Playstation 2 game on my Xbox. Why did I buy it when it was released? To watch the movie content, otherwise I would not have cared. Sure it was a fun game and I am sure lots of talented people worked on it but the problem is, it was made to make money and thats it. It was a rental at best. Shiny really needs to care about its fans and cater to us and just get back into not necessarily their own intellectual properties but rather delivering a quality game that everyone wants to play including them. If it takes time so be it but they need to return to form at look at games like Riddick. Starbreeze and Tigon studios made one amazing game, it was based on a movie and it was a sleeper hit that came under the radar. Game developers need to get a longer leash from their investors and quality over quantity need to be stressed. After all the better a game is, chances are it will attract a bigger audience.

beesbreck
beesbreck

Hope it works out ok for them, i really enjoyed Earthworm Jim and Sacrifice.

Mit_Man
Mit_Man

I'm with cyprus, I think all the people who are acting disapointed with this think this is the same Atari made up of the same people who made the original Atari home gaming system.No, this is the Atari that sucks and brings you lackluster rushed out the door we-don't-give-a-**** games. Good riddance, they're a disgrace to the original Atari name. (oh, and sure Path of Neo and their DBZ games and their UT stuff are all right, but they don't stand up to the sack of crap next to it the companies released. They're declining for a reason. Plus, it's not like they're going somewhere, just being sold to someone else to make the same stuff.)Bravo for Earthworm Jim though. IMO best thing they ever made.

Agent_023
Agent_023

Atari has been on the decline for years and years. They haven't released a good game in ages. When I saw Martix: The Path of Neo was announced I got a little excited, but then once I saw who was publishing, that excitment dissappeared as quickly as it had come. So long Atari, you may have been great in the begining, but now your just a floundering fish waiting to die.

pie4u
pie4u

its not looking good for Atari

cyprus646
cyprus646

The same company that made "Enter the matrix" is being sold ? can any one tell me why any one cares ?

superninjahype
superninjahype

.........so then does that mean they aren't developing the Path of Neo for Next Gen anymore?

obotex
obotex

sux for atari............cant say i liked their games, except for UT 2004.........id bet anyone 5 dollars that EA will buy ATARI.........ahhhhh i love power-hungry companies :)

majere613
majere613

The original Neverwinter Nights, too. About the only Atari title I've played in recent times, but a good'un.

got_systems
got_systems

Aw come on, they did publish a few good games. Indigo Prophecy anyone?

Truth01
Truth01

I hope Atari can get things together, it would be sad to see a company like the disappear.

proteron
proteron

I'll never forget the day when I realized that the PC games being published by "Atari" had absolutely 0 connection to the console games I played on the early Atari and compatible consoles and computers. Honestly the only thing that has turned out to be quality since I figured this out was UT2k4. Granted there might be a few more, but I just didn't buy much from Infogrames because (as we all seem to agree) they've been a terrible publisher - surviving off the power of the atari(tm) name alone. (Ok, I admit, I also played Trophy Hunter 2003...) Getting back to console roots would not only require a big rethinking of who to market the sales to, but also a re-purchase (basically) from the ground up of the Atari trademark... and then somehow the ability to survive with it without squandering whatever meager power still remains in the name. Unfortunately, I don't see it happening. Frankly I'd rather have seen the Shenmue series continue, and on Dreamcast no less, but some things just aren't happening. Atari will, unfortunately, probably rise again... and each time take a step lower and lower, until it becomes... Electronic Arts... (of course, we all recognize that the EA of today is completely disjointed from EA of the Bard's Tale / Adventure Construction Set years... another tragedy...)

Kahones
Kahones

Maybe Nintendo will pick up some 3rd Party developers for Nintendo-exclusive games, which they desparately need.

Benihana7
Benihana7

Hmmm...I wonder who'll pick up all of Atari's internal studios.

KingOfTheNubeis
KingOfTheNubeis

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vaejas
vaejas

Trip Hawkins where arrrre youuuu?

ConfuseRay
ConfuseRay

Matrix games weren't too great and also the graphics did pretty much suck. Oh well... See ya!

j14rk1n
j14rk1n

Ah, that's too bad. Their Matrix games weren't much to talk about, but the company did do some pretty good stuff. I feel bad to Perry, because this is mostly out of his control. Let's hope they can regroup after they're sold and make some more good stuff.

thekey
thekey

Atari sucz(I never thought I would ever say that)

AlexWills
AlexWills

Oh No! Now I can't play the games I like such as Dragonball Z, Matrix games, and Terminator... Oh wait I hate those games, goodbye Atari I spit on your grave, your your disco ball, E.T. filled grave!

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

More bad news for Atari... damn... I just hope they get to release Unreal Tournament 2007.

ZabuzaR
ZabuzaR

Thats terrible. I hope they don't sell it. Last thing I need.

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

Atari was the first to rise, and the first to fall. Oy gevult.

runstalker
runstalker

It's just Infogrames being inconsistent again, as usual. Not putting enough promotion into innovative games, and green-lighting busted franchise titles to cop a quick sales spike. All their own doing! Peel away that ATARI logo and it's the timid little armadillo, again losing its way. Shame. Hope Perry gets to work a new IP next time. Shiny loses its creative soul with these movie titles. They need to get back to console basics with a Revolution game.

revelations
revelations

Atari probably didnt deserve them anyway.

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

well this is even more bad news for Atari

GyRo567
GyRo567

Atari dies a second death. Though it's been coming to them for a long time now. I can only think of halfassed games that were published by them at the moment. I think Pirates! or UT2004 might have been published by them. Those are the only two possible games that were good that they've ever published.

Drudaddy
Drudaddy

this is terrible news for atari