Atari has agreed to buy developer Digital Eclipse. The acquisition, which should be closed in the coming days, will have worth up to 20 million dollars, depending on how successful Digital Eclipse is in the next decade. Atari claims that by taking Digital Eclipse under its wing will significantly support its existing strategy focused on retro video games.
Over the past few years, Digital Eclipse has made a name for itself with its expertise in by remastering older titles and publishing them in the form of collections. Among her most important projects are collections SNK 40th Anniversary Collection.
Last year, Digital Eclipse attracted attention thanks to Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection. This highly rated compilation features dozens of games from across Atari’s fifty-year history. In addition, she created a unique set that also contains marketing and development documents, archival footage and new interviews with former Atari employees.
Atari plans to continue this format. But it seems that the purchase will move this company significantly towards becoming that powerhouse in retro gaming and game preservation. This year, it bought the development company Nightdive Studios, which specializes in remasters, and AtariAge (a community and news website specializing in Atari). In addition, Atari purchases many game series from the 1980s and 1990s.