In a most unexpected move, Atari buys the Night Dive studio, experts in remastering such as Quake or Doom 64 for Switch.
Studio acquisitions are the order of the day in the video game industry, although not all of them are as big and impressive as Microsoft and Activision. Atari go shopping Night Dive Studiosa studio specialized in remastering and ports that, in recent years, has brought games like Turok 2, Quakes o Doom 64 a Nintendo Switch and other modern consoles.
At the moment, an agreement has been proposed between the two parties whose final purpose is the acquisition of 100% of the development team. In this way, Atari seeks to enrich its catalog of games by taking advantage of the technology of the developers, in which the KEX Enginea key engine for porting old games to current hardware.
This is a big win for our team! As we look to continue producing high-quality, new, and remastered games that do justice to the original IP; we could think of no better long-term partner than @atari https://t.co/icK4zbQBe2
— Nightdive Studios (@NightdiveStudio) March 23, 2023
The purchase has been made with 10 million dollars, of which half have been direct and the other half in Atari shares. Also, there will be a plus 10 million extra which will be doled out to Night Dive Studios over the next 10 years based on their performance.
Wade Rosen, CEO of Atarialready had a 13% of Night Dive shares, so it seems a logical step to follow considering the love of retro of both companies. Will this affect future Night Dive projects? It is to be hoped that they will maintain their line of remasters, with a little more focus on Atari games.
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