Star Trek Online Developer Sold to Perfect World

By Alexander Bevier in Gaming News
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm
Atari has sold Cryptic Studios to China's Perfect World. The company allegedly paid $49.8 million for the Star Trek Online developer.

Perfect World became a major force with their self-titled free-to-play MMO. Last year, they made a surprising acquisition of Runic Studios, the creator of the Diablio-style game Torchlight.

Cryptic is also responsible for both City of Heroes/Villains and Champions Online. They are currently working on Neverwinter, a part of Wizards of the Coast's Neverwinter Nights crossmedia plans.
Now, this is another sign that China is becoming a driving force in the MMO industry, but there are plenty of questions about this acquisition left to ask. First off, Atari owns the Dungeons and Dragons license when it comes to all DnD-based video games. Does that mean the company will continue development of Neverwinter? If not, will another developer work on the game? Is it shelved completely? What does this mean for WotC's other Neverwinter Nights properties?

Additionally, Perfect World's success with free-to-play games could be a sign that Star Trek Online will be changing payment models. This, however, is purely speculative. 

Hopefully, we'll get some answers. We've reached out to Atari and will update this post when we know what's going on.

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