Atari has a long history in the games industry, being one of the pioneers of the idea of the modern home gaming console. Today, the company announced that it is finally making a comeback to the PC and console gaming space, moving away from its free-to-play and mobile strategies. The first seeds of this were planted with the Atari VCS console releasing last month, and the company has revealed that it has a brand new ‘premium’ PC/console game coming by the end of the current fiscal year that ends March 31, 2022.
”Our intent with any gaming experience is to provide accessible and joyful moments of meaningful play. That’s the core of Atari and what binds our history with our future. To that end, we feel that premium gaming is better representative of this type of gaming experience and the Atari DNA,” said Wade J. Rosen, CEO of Atari.
“Despite this new focus on premium gaming, we remain committed to growing and expanding our successful free-to-play games that we have in the market. These changes will impact our 2020/21 financials and will generate a 5 million euro write-off for the financial year ending March 31st 2021.”
Atari confirmed that five of its mobile IPs – RCT Stories, Crystal Castles, Castles & Catapults, Ninja Golf, and Atari Combat: Tank Fury will be either sold off or delisted from their respective storefronts. Furthermore, the company will also exit its operations of the Atari Casino in Africa.
It remains to be seen which IP Atari is bringing back to the console space, and whether any of its unannounced titles will add any value to the Atari VCS system.