Wednesday, May 18, 2011


"Neverwinter is in danger? Where's my pitchfork? "

Cryptic Studios is a pretty big mover in the MMOG world, having created City of Heroes. They were picked for the Star Trek MMOG and relaunched the superhero genre with Champions Online which is very similar to City of Heroes (but in my opinion with a weaker setting).

Well, Cryptic has lost money for two years now, losing 17.9 million in 2009 last year and 7.9 last year. Their release of Champions Online earned them some revenue but not enough to be out of the red, and apparently Star Trek didn't take off like they hoped.

Now, Atari is cutting Cryptic loose,as Matt Daniel explains at Massively:
Atari stated in an earnings report today that it is writing Cryptic off as a "discontinued operation" and plans to sell the studio. What does this mean for the future of Star Trek Online and Champions Online? Atari says that while it attempts to sell the studio, it will continue to support all current Cryptic Studios titles.

Why did Atari decide it was time to drop Cryptic? Atari explains that the move is "in line with the previously stated strategy of fewer but more profitable releases and further expansion into casual online and mobile games" and that "the Company has determined that external development creates more flexibility in the changing marketplace."
What this does with the status of the Neverwinter MMOG that Cryptic is developing is unclear. According to their website Cryptic is working on a major new project for Atari but who that is and what will come of that is uncertain. I hope they can find funding and make it, Cryptic puts out pretty good products even if I can't afford to play much.

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