Now that Cryptic Studios is owned by Atari the MMO developer has revealed a third project which could well be based on any one of Atari's intellectual properties.
Cryptic's Jack Emmert says any "would make great MMO's" but they're most excited that this deal means they can "focus solely" on working in the MMO business.
"John Needham, our CEO extraordinaire, had been doing the rounds to look for funding opportunities," Emmert reveals to . "We crossed paths with David Gardiner and Phil Harrison of Atari; all of us really hit it off. One thing led to another...and here were are!"
The studios current projects, Star Trek Online and Champions Online, remain in full swing and Cryptic's relationship with 2K Games seems intact. "I'm afraid I can't comment on this," he explains. "I can only say that I enjoy working with 2k games; they're a great company and even better people."
Why then did they decide to succumb to Atari's charms? "Atari has a great pool of resources – PR, marketing, distribution, etc. Atari also has a number of terrific IP's that would make great MMO's," revealed Emmert.
"Mostly, this acquisition allows Cryptic to focus solely on the business of making great MMO's." You'd best not mess up MMO Star Trek or you'll have a billion nerds baying for blood, or at least blogging angrily for the next decade.