In a move reflecting the growing interest in retro gaming, Atari has announced plans to acquire Digital Eclipse, a developer celebrated for porting vintage games to contemporary platforms. This acquisition follows Atari’s earlier purchase of Nightdive Studios in May, further underscoring Atari’s ambition to dominate the nostalgic gaming market.
With a reported $20 million price tag for the acquisition, as mentioned by VGC, Atari’s commitment to reviving classic games for today’s audiences is clear. The gaming giant has long since ventured beyond merely launching new titles, focusing on embracing its rich history and catering to fans yearning for a nostalgia trip.
Describing the strategic move, Atari CEO Wade Rosen said, “Digital Eclipse is the best in the world at what they do. […] They have a deep love and respect for the history of the games industry and are celebrated for developing projects that give historic franchises their due credit.”
It’s worth noting that Atari’s earlier acquisition, Nightdive Studios, has a track record for delivering exceptional ports of iconic PC and console games, including the remake of System Shock.
Atari and Digital Eclipse have been connected for years. Digital Eclipse launched the “Atari 50 collection” last year.
The ties between Atari and Digital Eclipse aren’t recent. Last year, Digital Eclipse launched the lauded “Atari 50 collection,” which provided a deep dive into Atari’s illustrious past, encompassing 50 playable games, accompanying galleries, arcade flyers, and insightful documentaries.
Moreover, Digital Eclipse’s recent offering, “The Making of Karateka,” illuminates the development journey of the 1984 iconic game, tracing its lasting influence over subsequent decades. This collection not only offers various editions of the game but is also enriched with an array of collectibles and rare documentary footage. Given these meticulously curated projects, Atari’s interest in Digital Eclipse seems both strategic and inevitable.
Industry insiders and gamers see the acquisition as a harmonious alignment of values and vision. Both companies have showcased a deep reverence for gaming history, and their collaboration could potentially push the envelope in reimagining classic gaming experiences for new generations.
Rosen sums up the sentiment, expressing his anticipation: “Digital Eclipse, along with Nightdive, are perfectly aligned with Atari’s DNA and renewed purpose. I’m personally excited to see where we can push the boundaries of retro innovation together.”
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