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# 151 2010???
12-10-2008, 04:53 AM
now im realy dissapointed 2010??? its too long why start membership for a game 2 years before you can play??

thanks james
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# 152
12-10-2008, 05:00 AM
Atleast they are giving us more than P2 did; I'm suprised, though, that the game takes so long to make, I'm almmost afraid that by the time they release it the MMO wind has passed. Hurry up folks, every month you stall means that WoW's fanbase grows even more, and that's not a good thing...
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# 153
12-10-2008, 05:59 AM
Having read every post here I am in the camp of those that are concerned by this development....and no amount of PR and ass kissing commentrary will sway that. What we should really be asking ourselves is whom will finally realease this game? It was not PE, will not be Cryptic, and I would not be surprized if this new "company" did not either.

What I do know for certain is that someday STO will be released....the question is by whom? My apologies if I do not take your word for it Nicole....after all you are only saying what you are told to say. If I even half believed you gave a damn I might think twice. Instead I will work from the other direction....I will now assume the worse and hope that I am sincerely mistaken.
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# 154
12-10-2008, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Awen
- 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 http://crypticstudios.com/.

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 http://www.atari.com/.

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.

Wxactl what we ALLL KNEW would happen. Star Trek Online is being corrupte and no one can do jack about it. cryptic u suck, atari u suck too, and the wholoe cryptic team can just go eat an *******! 2010 haha why not just make it in ten years and fail at it again ya pansies. ya never know maybe the THIRD time is the charm hahahaa
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# 155
12-10-2008, 07:04 AM
woooo hoooo!

I didn't want to repost on these forums, but friends told me of the buyout and i just had to come and point it out:

a trend:

Company aquires Trek MMO rights, ignores the fans, goes cartoonish campy, goes out of business.

New company picks up IP, ignores fans, goes cartoonish campy, sells IP, goes out of business.

Yet a third company picks up IP, Ignores the fan base, goes cartoonish campy, sells the company.


It seems these companys reaccuring theme is they can not understand they are going the wrong way, can't get investors to buy into it and now finally Cryptic has had to succumb to a big Corporate Enity to get funding. All I can say, I hope Infogames forces them to drop the cartoonish campy design and go with what's right and truely create a new breed of AAA MMO's.

THis is exceptionally good news, normally i find news of this nature distrubing as parent companies tend to mess titles up, but in this case, getting there hands in the mix might be the right thing.
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# 156
12-10-2008, 07:13 AM
Since people are still going on about 2010...


Quote:
Originally Posted by Awen
I see a recurring theme here. The game has not been pushed back. We are still aiming for a Fall 2009 release. I hope that this quiets your fears.
Relax, we're cool
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# 157
12-10-2008, 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by JadeEnigma
I disagree. I simply googled her name to learn more about this new name, this new community relations moderator. I am unsure which one she is, however I believe she is the one on the right.

And who you callin' mate?? :p
Thats ok, its standard proceedures for all members of the Empire.

Only the truth hurts, which for klingons is welcomed. (odd habit that is, but I am willing to help deliver the pain for them).
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# 158 Booo Cryptic!!!
12-10-2008, 07:20 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Manx View Post
Since people are still going on about 2010...




Relax, we're cool
NEVER trust cryptic game designers.....They know how to lie too. aiming for 2009? yes. releasing in 2010?possibly. The Star Trek IP is idiotically thrown othe window. Everyone knows STO is the FUTURE OF GAMING AND WE HAVE THE BEST PLOTS NAND STORYLINES TO WORK WITH!!!! HOW COULD YOU SCREW THIS UP?!?!?!
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# 159
12-10-2008, 07:30 AM
I've been watching the Atari Live presentation that took place recently: http://www.gamearena.com.au/videos/l...e-presentation

The Atari HD games are great looking. Ghostbusters looks fantastic.

An 'Atari HD game' rating for STO would be nice.
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# 160
12-10-2008, 07:44 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bad_Boy View Post
Wxactl what we ALLL KNEW would happen. Star Trek Online is being corrupte and no one can do jack about it. cryptic u suck, atari u suck too, and the wholoe cryptic team can just go eat an *******! 2010 haha why not just make it in ten years and fail at it again ya pansies. ya never know maybe the THIRD time is the charm hahahaa
How is STO being corrupted?
What have Atari got to do with anything?
Why can't you spell?
If you're laughing about it so much, why are you so upset?

I reiterate for the people who couldn't be bothered to read a few pages back:

THIS IS GOOD NEWS FOR STO!

I'll try a different explanation tactic here and bullet point it for brevitys (and the members who have already read this) sake:
  • STO is in a better postion now. An IP with such earning potential as STO is a potential goldmine for them. They will not see this in to vapourware
  • Cryptic are doing good business here. They have all of the tools needed to make MMOs, but none of the muscle needed to publish them effectively. Infogrames have the muscle, but don't have anything with the weight of STO to publish.
  • Infogrames are in a weird financial position. They are currently operating with heavy losses, but are reducing them. They will see this as a revenue stream that came drag them out of the myre. Pay t play monthly subscription is far better for the company than making games and hoping they sell well. It is a (within reason) guaranteed source of income for them.
  • If anyone was to take over Cryptic, Infogrames would be my first choice. There are some horrible publishers out there, Infogrames aren't one of them.
  • THE RELEASE DATE HAS NOT BEEN PUSHED BACK TO 2010, DEVS HAVE CONFIRMED THIS.

Hopefully that may make a dent in the stupidity some people are spewing forth.
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