Ghostbusters boosts Atari earnings

Publisher rides Terminal Reality's paranormal actioner, Chronicles of Riddick to 30% revenue spike during April-June quarter.

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Atari's latest fiscal year was mostly status quo for the publisher of late, which is to say that it was mostly a miserable wreck. After posting a $319 million loss on revenues of $192.4 million, Atari parted ways with high-profile executive Phil Harrison, who entered the publisher's ranks with much ado in March 2008. Still, Atari has lived to see another day, and the publisher has started off its current fiscal year on a high note.

Slimer copes with the ups and downs the only way he knows how.

Reporting on its performance for the April-June quarter, Atari said that revenues grew to €54.5 million ($77 million), up 30 percent from the same period a year ago. The publisher did not delineate net or operating income for the three-month period.

Atari attributed its earnings uptick during the period to the release of Terminal Reality's Ghostbusters: The Video Game and Starbreeze Studios' The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, calling each a "commercial success." Atari confirmed yesterday that Terminal Reality's paranormal action game has exceeded sales projections, having shifted more than 1 million units in North America since launching on Microsoft's, Sony's, and Nintendo's platforms on June 16.

However, Atari went on to caution that its strong performance during the first quarter "is mainly due to a favorable game release schedule and should not be extrapolated for the remaining of the year." Still, the publisher has a handful of anticipated releases to come this year, including the launch of Cryptic Studios' superhero-themed Champions Online for the PC and Ghostbusters for Microsoft's and Nintendo's platforms in Europe (editions for Sony's platforms were released earlier this year).

Discussion

48 comments
dakan45
dakan45

Good now release a patch to fix the problems on pc

nny138
nny138

V totally- u wont get them all in a weekend so it should keep u busy for awhile :D im glad to hear Ghostbusters did so well, i know some of the actors were unsure about getting involved in a VG. But now they will see it was obviously worth it.

Trogeton
Trogeton

I heard the ghostbusters game was good if so, and how was it on achievements.. I'm love getting achievements... but it is worth a play?

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

The Ghostbusters game was ok, It did not really grab me though as far as story telling went. I also did not like that it came out for everything but the PSP system. I anticipated something different. The game was NOT bad, but I was expecting something different. I think coming out on all platforms and not playing favorites was a good idea. more companies should start doing that.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

i bet ea's feelin' mighty stupid about letting ghostbusters go now, (or whoever it was) glad that atari got some success from the game no suprise though really... with a idea of a ghostbusters game that dosen't suck... they were bound to make money off it

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Atari is like the T-1000. You think it's dead and then... oh my God there it is!

blackace
blackace

tmorri603 @ blackace. Bill Murry and the gang are up in age. That is why the new movie will be about them passing the mantel to younger people. I think each Ghostbuster will pick someone to take their place. I think I saw it on G4. I just hope they also get Annie Potts and Rick Moranis to be in it, too. ********************************************************* That would be a good idea at this point. I wonder who they will get? Seth Rogen, Justin Long and a couple other funny actors? It's going to be tough to replace Dan Akyroyd. He's one of a kind.

tmorri603
tmorri603

@ blackace. Bill Murry and the gang are up in age. That is why the new movie will be about them passing the mantel to younger people. I think each Ghostbuster will pick someone to take their place. I think I saw it on G4. I just hope they also get Annie Potts and Rick Moranis to be in it, too.

blackace
blackace

Well, Ghostbusters was actually a decent game. Having the real actors lend their voices and talk through the game was great. There was some funny stuff in there. Hopefully they will make another game when the movie is released. Those guys are up their in age though, so it'll be interesting to see how much action they can do. Bill Murray will be 62yrs by the time the 3rd movie is released in 2012.

eightren
eightren

GO GO GO Atari! You won't lose now! Just continue the winning streak! You still have lots of games to make for us!

Briantb_2008
Briantb_2008

I've been hoping Atari wouldn't die. Hopefully they can use this to continue forward

batmanboy11
batmanboy11

Hopefully they continue to make more great games.

dortega120
dortega120

Wow I bet stupid Activision felt like they just got faceslapped. LOL

lamprey263
lamprey263

that's good, Ghostbusters was a great game and I'm glad it's making them money, I hope they stick to this strategy from now on, and hopefully make another Ghostbusters game that's just as good

sneakysnake
sneakysnake

+ points for Ghostbusters - points for making it so terrible on the PS3

Knightlion121
Knightlion121

Wow make a great game and more money comes in.Who would have thought that was the secret

Thirdrail1
Thirdrail1

Good, so maybe they'll get around to PATCHING this incredibly buggy game like they should have done a long time ago! Atari!

SiD_N64
SiD_N64

right on!...now start making the next Ghostbusters game.

Erebus
Erebus

Good. Atari doesn't deserve to die.

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

Three cheers for both Atari and Ghostbusters! Two of my favorite things during my childhood! I hope Activision is kicking themselves as hard as they can now.

_Doomsayer_
_Doomsayer_

Good for them. I'm so glad that they picked up Riddick.

pakhair
pakhair

Good News for Atari.......

Ardus
Ardus

Yeah Ghostbusters!

73X
73X

Good for them.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Good to see that this game helped out a little

scarface_dm
scarface_dm

Its good to see someone is atleast turning profits...Congrats Atari

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

+1 for Atari; good timing that the bluray movie came out at the same time so that both the movie and game received enough marketing time!

Elvis4576
Elvis4576

glad to see the recession hasnt sucked them in hope it stays that way

xcollector
xcollector

Atari deserves this win since Activision was dumb enough not to publish Ghostbusters.

Death_Blade_182
Death_Blade_182

Ghostbusters was awesome, really captures the feel of the movies, and makes you feel like a real Ghostbuster. My only complain is that it was a bit short and lacked replay value, not to mention two of the trophies in the PS3 version are bugged and are unobtainable. Other than that, I freaking loved it.

monson21502
monson21502

see what happends 3rd party devs? when you make good fun games.90% of the time you get good sales!!

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

I hope this means more quality Ghostbusters titles.

Nemesis958
Nemesis958

Release the 360 version in Europe already! Why the hell it is released in Sweden and not in Finland???

Ruhdezee
Ruhdezee

yay ! Maybe now they will pick up more licenses for unapreciated games...

Sherman91587
Sherman91587

Sweet good work Atari. It is good to know that not all the old school companies are bitting the dust like Midway and many others have.

King_Jeremy_77
King_Jeremy_77

Atari made a great decision by picking up these 2 fantastic games.

tootergray34
tootergray34

albeit short, ghostbusters was an enjoyable game for one runthrough. it is really just a rent though b/c of minimal replay value. But it was fun the first walkthrough. hope they do another.

NuKkU
NuKkU

thats great for Atari :D