Atari will transfer away from cellular and free-to-play video games in favour of “a powerful pipeline of premium video games” for PC and consoles, the corporate introduced at the moment. A swathe of its present cellular choices, together with Atari Fight: Tank Fury and Ninja Fury, might be discontinued or offered, whereas “profitable video games with a loyal consumer base” might be allowed to stay round.
The primary video games following this mannequin are already in improvement, based on Atari’s assertion, and can launch through the present monetary yr ending April 2022. No phrase on what they is perhaps, however Atari “intends to leverage its catalog of 200 proprietary video games,” so that they’ll most likely be acquainted. In the meantime, the corporate will exit its Atari On line casino enterprise in Africa, which specialises in playing titles. It’s going to additionally scale down its TV pursuits.
“Our intent with any gaming expertise is to offer accessible and joyful moments of significant play,” Atari CEO Wade J. Rosen stated in a press release. “That’s the core of Atari and what binds our historical past with our future. To that finish, we really feel that premium gaming is healthier consultant of such a gaming expertise and the Atari DNA. Regardless of this new concentrate on premium gaming, we stay dedicated to rising and increasing our profitable free-to-play video games that we have now available in the market.”
Atari split its company into two divisions in April: Atari Gaming and Atari Blockchain, the latter specializing in “the immense prospects of crypto and blockchain enabled video games” in addition to alternatives round NFTs. Oh, and there is a plan to construct Atari Hotels. Although much less bizarre is the just lately launched Atari VCS, which is a Linux-based console / mini PC topic to its own controversy.
In 2021 it’s going to take a complete lot of labor to revitalise the Atari model, which is mostly related to crappy cellular video games and the aforementioned harebrained schemes. The corporate did launch a few PC video games back in 2015, particularly new Alone within the Darkish and Haunted Home video games, however neither did notably effectively. Alone within the Darkish was sold to THQ Nordic in 2018.