As the video game industry matures, more and more emphasis is rightfully being placed on preservation and ensuring classics remain playable for future generations. One team that’s built its entire business model around bringing back some of the great releases from yesteryear is Nightdive Studios, and today it’s announced that it’ll be acquired by Atari.
It’s important to note that, while Atari has had some iffy moments over the past few decades, it’s rebounded hard recently. Titles like Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration show that it’s finally treating its catalogue with the respect it deserves, and it’s partnering with the right kind of projects, like the upcoming PSVR2 title Pixel Ripped 1978. Unexpectedly, this sounds like a good fit, then.
Nightdive Studios bigwigs Stephen Kick and Larry Kuperman certainly think so. The duo said in a press release: “Nightdive and Atari have a long history together and we know that Atari shares our passion for retro games and our focus on producing high-quality new and remastered games that do justice to the original IP. As we look to grow our business and expand our capabilities, we could think of no better long-term partner than Atari.”
For those of you who don’t know, Nightdive Studios has played a pivotal role in resurrecting releases like Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Quake, and Shadow Man. Key to its success is its proprietary KEX Engine, which enables classic games to run on modern hardware, and also allows the developer to enhance and improve aspects in order to “meet the expectations of contemporary players”.
To be honest, as long as Atari continues to assist Nightdive Studios in its existing efforts, we have no real issues with this acquisition. In fact, we reckon it could be a fruitful relationship, as Atari continues to reinvent itself as more of a retro focused publisher.
Tbh I thought they'd be snapped up by Microsoft... I'm fine with Atari but I hope they treat 'em right. Nightdive have lots of potential.
Atari acquiring anyone in 2023 still makes me rub my eyes in disbelief.
I suppose the bigger they get the more my 7800 and game collection become worth?
Maybe I should start streaming myself playing some of those. “The old man plays old games” YT channel.😂
Worth remembering that the Atari 50 collection was made by Digital Eclipse which is unrelated to the other companies here.
That said, Nightdive is a great purchase. Their remasters are absolutely superb! Forsaken being an absolute classic.
Old school PS1 fans should definitely check out their Forsaken port
Hope Atari can soon move beyond their pretty awful Recharged series.
@pip_muzz This exactly! Makes you wonder if Atari MkV approached them first & knocked back.
Whereas Nightdive had to essentially had to budget a reboot of their botched System Shock kickstarter,& other recent missteps like trying to fix up the Blade Runner ports,(which got refused classification down under on console & seemingly Nightdive never bothered trying to appeal or adjust & refused to acknowledge on twitter etc.).
They have proven they can do a quality job,but maybe recent projects left them a bit more vulnerable to a buyout?🤔
Given this current Atari MkV,(or whatever it is from OG & Tramiel Atari),have offloaded some of its past IP pick-ups,it curious just what the previously independent Nightdive will be able to work on?
Surely can't just be 2600/7800 remakes?
@rjejr I'd subscribe to your channel and like all your videos.
We must demand regulatory agencies make sure they don’t make System Shock remake exclusive to the Atari VCS!!!
Atari is now acquiring.....
This is it. Hell froze over. Game over, man. Game over. It was nice knowing you all.
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