Infogrames: 'We want to stop losing money'

CEO David Gardner believes that upcoming horror title Alone in the Dark will save the cash-hemorrhaging company.

Infogrames CEO David Gardner is optimistic. Today, the newly appointed executive told Reuters that the Atari parent--which hasn't posted an annual profit since 1999--will see a financial turnaround thanks to its remake of Alone in the Dark.

Set for a June 20 release in Europe and a June 24 ship in North America, Alone in the Dark sees the return of series protagonist Edward Carnby. This time around, he is tasked with getting to the bottom of a series of supernatural phenomena occurring in New York City's Central Park that are tearing the metropolis apart.

Despite Uwe Boll's critically lambasted film version, Gardner believes in the fan base of the Alone in the Dark series, which began in 1992 on the PC. He predicts the latest game will sell 2 to 3 million copies during Infogrames' current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2009. Developed by Eden Games on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, and by Hydravision Entertainment on the PlayStation 2 and Wii, the newest Alone in the Dark is the fifth installment in the survival-horror franchise.

As for his overall strategy for Infogrames, Gardner told Reuters, "We want to stop losing money... This management team's number one goal is to get a business plan together that gets us to a break-even level." The executive didn't have a timetable as to when the France-based firm would become financially solvent.

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megatroll2590
megatroll2590

i have to agree the fanbase is strong we were hoping and praying that infogrames would make more alone in the dark games despite uwe bowel (i know how to spell his name but since in my opinion his movies are crap thats how im spelling it) ruined the concept of alone in the dark 4 then had the gall to blame it on tera reid. now that they are making it and its released the night i get my pay check a chunk of it might just go to buying my copy of it i mean the game version of alone in the dark 4 compared to the movie knock off of it rocks i mean the concepts in the movie were from the game and they changed it all to make it cheesey scifi instead of even remotely believable. the puzzles were challenging but not too much. so with this release i hope to see more infograme releases to come.

rumtumtugger
rumtumtugger

I want to stop losing money too, come to think about it.

rumtumtugger
rumtumtugger

I want to stop losing money too, come to think about it.

uk_beny
uk_beny

i probley will get this game and im not sure but looking at the amount of preorders at my local game store im sure itll sell a fair amount

taurian0205
taurian0205

im buying the game, this is their last chance to flip so i dont want to see a promising flop, whos with me? JAGUAR! JAGUAR! JAGUAR!

i_got_you60
i_got_you60

well alone in the dark 5 looks good iam sure it will do good on the sales chart it will be sad to see infogrames go down if it doesnt

xcr33px
xcr33px

I agree with konradak, its sad seeing people put in so much work for a total game failure, but this game looks great so far:)! i'ma deff pick up a copy of this

DrDoom007
DrDoom007

"He predicts the latest game will sell 2 to 3 million copies during Infogrames' current fiscal year" That's a very bold statement, I do hope that Infogrames manage to meet and beat that estimate. I loved the original Alone in the Dark series, as the first created the survival horror genre as we know it today, I do hope that the new one to be a very good horror game, as the title was back in the 92 instead of a dumbed down action game, such as Alone in the Dark 2, 3 and 4

normsta
normsta

Ohhh so they want to start making money... OH! I GOT IT! make good games.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I hope this game turns out great with fewer bugs as possible. I love the premise and the trailers, can't wait for the demo; but I'm skeptical about the frame rate.

luc11044
luc11044

I would love for Alone in the Dark to be a smash hit in order to help turn this company around. So far, from everything I've seen, it looks pretty darn good. Let's cross our fingers.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

2 to 3 million copies will be sold said by Atari. Uh I hate optimistic people sometimes. I'll buy it since I buy every shooter game but It's not that big hit

gbrading
gbrading moderator

I'm not surprised Infogrames doesn't want to stop loosing money. Maybe Alone in the Dark will save them, but I'm not entirely sure.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

make good/fun and unique games, then get $$$ thats how it works. They could always make a GTA like game to compete, and if good, it will make them some $$ but uniquness and quality is what really drives game sales

markharris31
markharris31

When did Infogrames appoint Captain Obvious as CEO? What a brilliant business mind! Stop losing money? Who would ever have thought of that!?!?

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

my best game ar 15 years ago was ALONE IN DARK;abd the INFO brand was so holly but they kick themselves out of roof; they must creat new way;

aramitz
aramitz

As a fan of the original games I wish they'd call the protaganist something else. The original trilogy was sequential and it doesn't make any sense having another young Edward Carnby about 70 years on from the old one. Not a huge deal in the big scheme of things I know. Still if they're going to try and revive an old franchise then at least do it right for the original fans and not just the kids who think this is all brand new territory.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

They could always throw the white flag and let someone else do the work for them.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Looks pretty solid so far.I actually enjoyed the Dreamcast version. I also think Infrogames did a excellent job with their Test Drive Lemans and Test Drive V-Rally on Dreamcast as well.

ctg867
ctg867

Hope Atari/Infrogames can get back on their feet and make some good games, and I hope Alone in the Dark can help make that happen.

Merl57
Merl57

I guess survival shooters aren't the best sellers

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

can we say wiis getting better as time ticks,, i sure can ,, graphics aside, its fun ,, and alone in the dark may be my next purchase after mariokart and , the unconfirmed fzero z , amung many other random wii titles ive found , , also could be my next 360 purhcase or ps3, , i would probably buy both versions to get my graphical fix and to get my fun fix,

xophaser
xophaser

I would say so too, losing money would mean closing your business. Alone in the Dark's gameplay and randomn weapon combination seem intelligence compare to all these button mashing games these days.

masterchief375
masterchief375

Well if they want to stop losing money, they should actually try making a good game that people wanna play, instead of beating old franchises like a dead horse.

ps3thabest
ps3thabest

2-3 million in sales dey could do it if its on 5 different platforms

ratchet3
ratchet3

the teasers and the gameplay footages have me on the edge of my seat.

danny21_82
danny21_82

Maybe if they would concentrate on making a good game instead of how much cash they could squeeze they wouldn't be seeing so many negatives.

MFDOOMED
MFDOOMED

I am really looking forward to this game. I hope it is gonna be good.

BigSmitts07
BigSmitts07

big predicitons...they better follow through...

Artosa
Artosa

I hope this does not mean they will dumb down operation 2 for more money, if they do i will be VERY angry

starfox15
starfox15

I think it is blatantly obvious what needs to be done to correct this minor oversight: stop producing crap. Is it really that tough to see? Developers that do not produce quality or high selling games typically do not last very long. Maybe you should give it a shot. I'm pretty sure everyone on this board can say the same.

02sfraser
02sfraser

i thought it would be obvious that a company wants to stop losing money. Infrogrames used to make good PC games but their standards have been falling since Roller Coaster Tycoon 3

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

"Infogrames: 'We want to stop losing money'" . Then make decent games... DOH!!!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

"Infogrames: 'We want to stop losing money'" . Then make decent games... DOH!!! The only note worthy game i can remember Infograms making was North & South on PC (was very good fun).

landau492
landau492

stop making driver games infogrames and u should be fine

aransom
aransom

They have to explicitly state their goal to stop losing money? I guess France could have companies who don't want to break even.

MarcusMaximus04
MarcusMaximus04

pfft that's what they get for killing Star Control.... (sorry, but I was crushed when I found out sc4 was never going to be made)

imautobot
imautobot

OMG! That guy should be our next President. With thinking like that he's got to have an IQ of at least 70!

deck2x
deck2x

I have as much faith in Alone in the Dark as they do. This game will be massive.

gifteddie
gifteddie

I really hope this game saves them. This game looks truly unique and deserves to sell at least 2,000,000 copies

Pete5506
Pete5506

This game is going to save them

RonTorque
RonTorque

The Game mechanics looks cool...I'll have this game as soon as it comes out.

NintendoWarrior
NintendoWarrior

is this an RE4 clone? if it is, awesome, you can't have enough RE4 btw, LOL at headline

DuaneDog
DuaneDog

LOL What a joke!!! 'We want to stop losing money'... LOL It's funny because it's a goal set in the negative. Like to inspire shareholders they may next say 'we want to avoid bankrupcy' or 'we hope to keep the building from burning down'. When your CEO has a mind set that is rooted in fear of loss and fear of failure you are going to fail. That said, I just hope they make some kick ass games I can play. But I was a day trader for years and I can tell you that I wouldn't put a dime of my money in this company for more than a 20 minute trade. "our #1 goal is breakeven" = Sell every share you have because management is FUBAR.

cadahnic1
cadahnic1

You would think that InfoGames would take advantage of the market. There are tons of small developers out there who are getting no love from huge publishers. They just need a little help and they will making small Katamari, Rez, and the like projects that could bring their fiscal returns up. They can call me anytime and I will be glad to institute a policy for them...

BoBo_0007
BoBo_0007

It all makes sense now, im poor cause i wanted to lose money.