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Archived Post 12-09-2008 10:52 AM

Infogrames To Acquire Cryptic Studios
- Acquisition Will Provide State-of-the-Art Games and Technology Expected to Boost Atari’s Online Business Growth -

LYON, FRANCE - 9 December 2008 – Infogrames Entertainment, the parent company of Atari, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to fully acquire Cryptic Studios Inc., one of the world’s leading developers, publishers and operators of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games.

The transaction encompasses all of Cryptic’s proprietary IP, tools, technology and work-in-progress and integrates all members of the leadership team and employees into Infogrames. This acquisition is a critical step in the implementation of Atari’s strategy to become a leading online game developer and publisher.

Cryptic is currently developing three unique MMO franchises, planned for release over the next three years on PC and next-generation consoles, including Champions Online to be released in 2009 and Star Trek Online to be released in 2010. A third game currently in development will be announced in the near future.

Established in 2000 and headquartered in Los Gatos, California, USA, Cryptic has a proven track record of delivering successful MMO franchises (City of Heroes and City of Villains sold to NCSoft) generating over USD 100 million in lifetime revenues and up to 180,000 peak subscribers.

Cryptic is led by a highly experienced management team who shares Atari’s vision in online gaming and who has committed to stay with the group. Cryptic employs approximately 150 professionals, comprising leading industry creative, technical and operation experts with a proven track record in delivering on-time, on-budget titles. Cryptic’s revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008 amounted to USD 17 million.

Atari will benefit from Cryptic’s powerful proprietary engine, scalable content development tools and online server architecture to deliver very high productivity-per-employee and industry-leading client/server performance and create unique, high quality MMO games on 18 to 24-month cycles. Atari will also gain a proven set of high-quality MMO game operating tools for sophisticated customer service and account management.

David Gardner, CEO of Infogrames, the parent company of Atari, said: “The acquisition of Cryptic Studios brings to Infogrames an outstanding creative organisation, with a proven track-record of success in the fast-growing MMO category. Cryptic’s success is founded on leading-edge technology and the vision of a seasoned executive management team. I am impressed with the tools and technology that Cryptic has developed to make MMOs less expensive to build. Creating vast worlds and interesting interactions can be very people intensive but with the use of Cryptic's toolset they have a proven way of cutting average production costs in half. This is exactly the type of company we wanted to acquire in order to build Atari for the 21st century.”

“We share a common vision with Atari and their leadership team.” said John Needham, Chief Executive Officer of Cryptic Studios, “With our game development and online platform technology skills, we’re very excited about the opportunities that this unique combination with Atari creates. I am committed to helping Atari grow into a leading online game company and look forward to being part of the team.”

About Cryptic Studios
Cryptic Studios, Inc., based in Los Gatos, CA, and established in July 2000, is one of the leading independent developers of massively multiplayer online games. Cryptic is developing three major titles for the PC and current generation consoles, including Star Trek Online, Champions Online and an unannounced project. For more information on Cryptic Studios, please visit

About Infogrames Entertainment and Atari
The Infogrames group, including the Atari brand, is a global producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software for all market segments and all interactive game platforms including consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony Computer Entertainment, advanced smartphones, Personal Computers, web and online. Its games are sold in more than 60 countries through an international distribution network and direct to consumers via

Atari’s extensive catalogue of popular games is based on original franchises (Alone in the Dark, Test Drive, V-Rally, My Horse & Me, Backyard Sports franchise, Total Annihilation, Outcast etc.), publishing properties (The Witcher, Legendary, Race Pro etc.), international licenses (Dragon Ball Z, Dungeons & Dragons, Jamie Oliver etc.) and classic games covering the entire history of the video game industry (Pong, Missile Command, Asteroids etc).

© 2008 Atari Europe SASU. All rights reserved.

Champions, Champions Online, and Cryptic Studios are trademarks of Cryptic Studios, Inc. STAR TREK and related marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of CBS Studios Inc and used with permission.

Archived Post 12-09-2008 11:03 AM

And you, ignoring for the moment your title, are whom?

Inquiring minds want to know! :D

Archived Post 12-09-2008 11:14 AM

2010?.. i though fall 2009 come on this isnt fair :(
i am not sure i can wait that long i hope you guys come up with the beta before 2010
otherwhise i will click the self dustruction button

Archived Post 12-09-2008 11:17 AM

Welcome Awen, whoever you are ;) , and good luck for the future Atari!

Archived Post 12-09-2008 11:25 AM

Always people watching from the shadows.....and when they finally decide to come out and speak you get dumped on with news like this.....I suppose next we will be told that Perpetual has regained the helm. What a fickle world we live in.

Archived Post 12-09-2008 11:26 AM

Thanks Awen...

Why do we now see a 2010 release planned? Do we have a target date yet?

Archived Post 12-09-2008 11:27 AM

PHEW...I was scared there for a moment...I thought SOE was lurking...:mad:

as long as ATARI doesn't mess with Cryptic's vision for the game...then were all good...:)

Archived Post 12-09-2008 11:29 AM

No doubt are great news for Cryptic Studios. Time will say if are good news for STO. Afterall Atari is a "big bro" in the computing industry like Microsoft is in the software industry, and commanding people in these industries only know about numbers and profit.

Archived Post 12-09-2008 11:29 AM

now I think it is time to worry, last time something happen like this with STO it was dumped.

Now I am not saying that it may not all work out but the games past was not good so here is hoping it will work out

Archived Post 12-09-2008 11:31 AM


Originally Posted by JadeEnigma
And you, ignoring for the moment your title, are whom?

Inquiring minds want to know! :D

Maybe -,46258/
Or Awen The ex-community manager from Jumpgate Evolution... would be my guesses.

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