Atari selling Cryptic Studios

Champions Online dev Cryptic Studios is being put up for sale by publisher Atari. The company announced during an earnings report that from March 31 Cryptic had been classed as a “discontinued operation”, which is an awful cold way of saying “do not want”.

Support for Cryptic’s titles will continue, but this move has been made in order to fit in with Atari’s scaled down focus. The company stated: “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.”

What does the future hold for Crytpic and its IPs? Who could pick up the studio?