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# 14
01-21-2013, 11:50 AM
Originally Posted by tenkari View Post
wonder if this means anything for Dungeons and dragons online. simply cause Atari holds most of the rights to D&D games, aside from Neverswinter, most D&D video games have tha Atari logo attached to them....

D&D Online isn't owned by Atari, Turbine has it licensed through Atari. Neverwinter is in the same basic position, Atari still holds the license even though they sold off the game and its developer

As Atari sells its assets, it won't completely disappear, at the very least what's left will probably end up being like Interplay is now - a holding company that still owns most of its remaining licenses, but exists only to collect license fees for its owner (The US branch of Atari plans to continue producing mobile games, which Interplay tried to for a while, but they've been going bad places with that so it's just delaying the final undeath). Turbine and Cryptic will continue business as usual with the games, just a change in who pockets Atari's share of the money.

Neverwinter Nights and NWN2 are a more interesting question. They weren't just licensed by Atari, but published and distributed. It's not uncommon for older games like that to disappear in situations like this, but more recently the holding companies that are left have been saving them through cheap digitial distribution on Steam or GOG.

Last edited by hevach; 01-21-2013 at 11:53 AM.