City Of Heroes developers will be joining the burgeoning armada of Atari’s parent company Infogrames, which has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Cryptic Studios.
Cryptic Studios, the creators, publishers and distributors of City Of Heroes/City Of Villains as well as the forthcoming Star Trek MMO, Champions MMO and an unrevealed MMO has a strong track record, and this acquisition seems to mark Atari’s climb back towards the forefront of gaming.
CoX, as it’s called, has already generated $100m in lifetime revenues, and currently employs 150 professionals.
With the recent purchase of Ghostbusters as well, Atari seems to getting just a bit closer to relevance in the gaming marketplace.
Infogrames has made some really positive moves in the games market lately; the 90’s saw the acquisiton of Ocean Software, Beam Software and Gremlin Graphics (c64 fans); whilst the 00’s has already seen it take GT Interactive, Paradigm Interactive, Hasbro, Eden Studios and Shiny Entertainment.