Atari is acquiring Digital Eclipse while doubling down on retro games strategy


Atari has announced yet another acquisition that is sure to turn heads: they’re set to acquire Digital Eclipse, the folks mostly known for their remasters and remakes.

The publisher has entered an agreement to acquire Digital Eclipse, a studio founded back in 1992 and based in Emeryville, California. Acquiring the studio will enable Atari to expand their internal development capabilities, as well as utilize Digital Eclipse’s experience and proprietary tech.

Atari acquiring Digital Eclipse comes months after the publisher acquired the other big classic games-focused developer, Nightdive Studios, both of which the parent company says will “further support its retro-focused growth strategy.”

“Digital Eclipse is the best in the world at what they do,” Atari CEO and chairman Wade Rosen said. “They have a deep love and respect for the history of the games industry, and are renowned for developing critically acclaimed projects based on historic franchises. Digital Eclipse, along with Nightdive, are in perfect alignment with Atari’s DNA and renewed purpose. I’m personally excited to see where we can push the boundaries of retro innovation together.”

Andrew Ayre, Chief Executive Officer, added: “Atari and Digital Eclipse share the same ethos when it comes to celebration and preservation of gaming history. It’s an exciting combination, and I am confident this will serve Digital Eclipse and our fans extremely well as we grow our business and expand our capabilities.”

Mike Mika, President and Creative Director commented: “Our experience collaborating on Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration was revelatory. The trust that Atari showed our team, and our clear mutual love and respect for the content, positioned us to produce something truly remarkable. I know Atari will continue to champion our approach and that we will be bringing fans exciting new projects for years to come.”



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