Within the first interview following final night time’s breaking information that Atari can be buying Nightdive Studios, Nightdive’s director of Enterprise Growth sat down and spoke to us about how this may have an effect on the way forward for the retro-remaster studio. In brief, it should not impression the output of the studio in any respect.
“A part of the raison d’etre behind the deal was that Atari’s imaginative and prescient for Nightdive is: ‘we wish you guys to maintain on doing what you’ve gotten been doing, solely do extra of it.’
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“So it shouldn’t be sudden or stunning to anybody, however loads of the offers that occur within the gaming business are primarily based on private relationships, proper? We’ve got identified Wade Rosen, the comparatively new CEO of Atari, for numerous years. Wade is the one exterior investor in Nightdive Studios.”
“We’ve got labored with Wade however we additionally know him on a private foundation and that was loads of the impetus of discovering a like thoughts. However [someone] that additionally had a complimentary talent set that may enable us to actually prolong our imaginative and prescient and mission.”
On the subject of whether or not this might have an effect on the video games Nightdive might work on sooner or later. Kuperman insisted this wasn’t the case: “No, and a few of our exterior relationships have been absolutely disclosed publicly as nice relationships. Like our time working with Bethesda! That is one thing that we anticipate will proceed happening into the longer term and, you understand, maybe doing extra of it.”
Whereas Kuperman ensured that the Atari deal wouldn’t result in a shift in technique, nor a change within the sorts of video games Nightdive would launch, he did state that the deal might open up channels the studio has not been in a position to discover. He’d proceed by pointing to Nightdive’s historical past, initially beginning on PC earlier than partnering with Xbox for console releases, later increasing to Nintendo Swap and Ps. He’d additionally level out: “I do not suppose individuals essentially know this, however fairly a little bit of our enterprise comes from the Ps facet of issues”
As for the 50 / 50 break up between money and Atari shares being the value for the Nightdive Acquisition, Kuperman said this was wanted by each side. “One of many the reason why the inventory portion of it was so necessary is that we’re invested – in each sense of the phrase invested – sooner or later development of Atari. This implies the success of Atari can be helpful to us, and vice versa for certain.”
Lastly, why now? With System Shock on the horizon and quite a few eyes on the studio’s fast future, undergo this large enterprise enterprise? Effectively, sccording to Kuperman, its particularly as a result of System Shock is almost accomplished that this deal was in a position to occur.
“System shock is one thing that has occupied a lot of our focus.”
“However till we’d reached this level the place the top purpose is in sight for us, we simply didn’t have the assets to take a look at this sort of deal. Initially, if individuals have by no means been by way of an acquisition, and particularly by a publicly traded firm, they do not realise the complexity concerned in it. I do not need to say that I’ve needed to give them blood samples, however fairly shut. (laughs). They actually have accomplished their due diligence and are conscious that, you understand, they’re no skeletons on this closet. However you understand, it truly is draining and it truly is all consuming.”
It stays to be seen whether or not the Atari x Nightdive Studios deal will lead each corporations to greener pastures, however with the upcoming launch of System Shock on the horizon, the sudden announcement of the aquisition has actually thrown a curveball on the public. Maybe that is the primary main step away from the resort constructing, cryoto embracing, Souja Boys of the previous. We’ll have to attend and see!