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Wargaming buys Total Annihilation and Master of Orion from Atari

Wargaming buys Total Annihilation and Master of Orion from Atari

Wargaming now owns the rights to Total Annihilation and has the game's original creator under its wing through Gas Powered Games.

Atari has auctioned off several of its intellectual properties with studios Wargaming, Rebellion, Stardock, Epic Gear and Tommo as buyers.

The rights to classic RTS Total Annihilation and 4X strategy title Master of Orion both went to World of Tanks developer Wargaming. This also follows Wargaming's acquisition of Gas Powered Games, Total Annihilation creator Chris Taylor's studio, giving rise to speculation that a true Total Annihilation sequel might be on its way.

Stardock was also after Master of Orion but was outbid by Wargaming. The studio did however buy Star Control.

Rebellion picked up Battlezone and Moonbase Commander, Epic Gear successfully bid on the Backyard sports series and Tommo left the auction with the most amusing line up of titles being Math Gran Prix, Humungous and Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise.

Also up for auction were the Test Drive and Rollercoaster Tycoon franchises, but these remained unsold with their minimum bids not met. These two series were classed as Atari's most valuable assets.

Atari's brand and logo is also still up for grabs and should be auctioned at a later date. Bids from this auction will be finalised tomorrow.

Atari filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January, joining publisher THQ which is coming to the end of bankruptcy proceedings of its own.

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Salty Wagyu 23rd July 2013, 11:53 Quote
Isn't Planetary Annihilation the true Total Annihilation sequel anyway?
Phalanx 23rd July 2013, 11:58 Quote
No, it's the spiritual sequel. Wargaming have come in too late on the TA franchise now. PA has reigned in the "sequel" title, even if it is in an unofficial capacity.
kosch 23rd July 2013, 12:55 Quote
I just want them to do a MOO2 HD version and that's it. Similar to what relic are proposing to do with HomeWorld.
thom804 23rd July 2013, 14:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by kosch
I just want them to do a MOO2 HD version and that's it. Similar to what relic are proposing to do with HomeWorld.

Gearbox*
Phil Rhodes 23rd July 2013, 16:35 Quote
The problem is that you fundamentally can't make TA work in the same way that something like World of Tanks works. A decent RTS requires a longish duration for each mission, genuine strategic consideration, and an understanding of - ideally - a complicated tech tree and the implications of it. If it doesn't have that, it isn't really an RTS (and it certainly isn't TA, or at least the best of what TA could be). If it does have that, it won't appeal to the twitching, thumb-fumbling twelve year olds who spend the most money on this stuff.

But yes. TA already has a sequel, to all intents and purposes. What they do to it now will be a desecration of a corpse, but the thing itself died years ago, and was replaced by another.
blacko 26th July 2013, 09:45 Quote
i'm going to say it....be warned

TA: Kingdoms was the sequel.
Phalanx 26th July 2013, 09:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by blacko
i'm going to say it....be warned

TA: Kingdoms was the sequel.

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