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It looks like the 2 1/2 year relationship between game publisher Atari and Star Trek Online developer Cryptic is over. Atari has announced plans to "divest" from Cryptic and confirmed with TrekMovie that they will continued to support Star Trek Online while they look for a buyer for Cryptic. Details below
Atari to sell Cryptic Studios + promise continued support for STO
In late 2008 game publisher Atari acquired Cryptic Studios and gave the smaller developer the capital infusion it needed to launch Star Trek Online in early 2010. But in their most recent financial statement, Atari announced it would "divest itself" from Cryptic, with the following explanation:
In line with the previously stated strategy of fewer but more profitable releases and further expansion into casual online and mobile games, the Company has determined that external development creates more flexibility in the changing marketplace. Therefore, the Company has made the decision to divest itself from Cryptic Studios. The divestiture process is underway and more details will be provided as appropriate.
According to the financial statement, Cryptic (who publish Star Trek Online and Champions Online) lost €5.3 million ($7.5 million) in their last fiscal year ending March 31st. A spokesperson for Atari confirmed with TrekMovie that Atari is looking to sell Cryptic and offered this reassurance to STO players:
Everything is business as usual and will be supported by Atari until a buyer is found, including operations of STO.
Neither Cryptic, nor CBS had any official comment on the Atari announcement. However, Cryptic’s Community Manager Wish Stone made the following comment on the official STO forums:
Support for Champions Online and Star Trek Online will be continuing as normal, our staff is working hard on their projects (and the folks from the Champions team deserve an extra cheer for their new stuff by the way) and there are no planned changes to the way any of our games and projects will operate.
TrekMovie will continue to monitor events regarding Atari and Cryptic and provide updates when possible.