In a move reflecting growing interest in retro gaming, Atari has announced plans to acquire Digital Eclipse, a developer known 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 nostalgia games market.
With a reported Priced at $20 million 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 ventured beyond simply releasing new titles, focusing on its rich history and catering to fans yearning for a nostalgic trip.
Describing the strategic move, Atari CEO Wade Rosen said: “Digital Eclipse is the best in the world at what it does. […] They have a deep love and respect for the history of the video game industry and are celebrated for developing projects that give historic franchises their due credit.
It’s worth noting that Atari’s prior acquisition, Nightdive Studios, has a proven track record of exceptional ports of iconic games to PC and consoles, including the System Shock remake.
Atari and Digital Eclipse have been connected for years. Digital Eclipse launched the “Atari 50 Collection” last year.
The links between Atari and Digital Eclipse are not recent. Last year, Digital Eclipse launched the popular “Atari 50 Collection,” which offers a deep dive into Atari’s illustrious past, including 50 playable games, accompanying galleries, arcade flyers, and insightful documentaries .
Additionally, Digital Eclipse’s recent offering, “The Making of Karateka,” sheds light on the development journey of the iconic 1984 game, tracing its lasting influence over the following 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 selected projects, Atari’s interest in Digital Eclipse seems both strategic and inevitable.
Industry insiders and players see this acquisition as a harmonious alignment of values and vision. Both companies have demonstrated a deep respect for video game history, and their collaboration could potentially push boundaries by reinventing classic gaming experiences for new generations.
Rosen sums up this sentiment by expressing his impatience: “Digital Eclipse, along with Nightdive, are perfectly aligned with Atari’s DNA and renewed purpose. Personally, I’m excited to see where we can push the boundaries of retro innovation together.
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