Atari Kills The Ignition On Test Drive’s Studios

Atari Kills The Ignition On Test Drive’s Studios

Eden Games, makers of the Test Drive series, staged a symbolic one-day walkout last year when Atari moved forward on plans to lay off more than half the studio. Now it’s moving toward washing its hands of all of it.

Financial filings by Atari say the French maker of racing games is now considered a “discontinued operation” and that Atari has begun “a divesture process” for the studio, which sounds like polite-speak for “getting rid of it.” But a corporate representative reportedly told Joystiq “the studio has not closed and we will continue to support the console and PC games of Eden Games, notably Test Drive Unlimited 2.”

In the financial filings, Atari also reported a revenue decline of some 44 per cent overall for the fiscal year.

Atari says Eden Games isn’t closed, plans to continue supporting the studio [Joystiq]


    • There may be a Test Drive Unlimited 3 or any other Test Drive title, as Atari own the licence to that series and may make a new studio or outsource it. Personally, I’d like to see the remnants of Bizarre Creations get together and work on Project Gotham Racing 5. Cant believe its been 5 years since the last one and it is still all kinds of awesome.

  • I played Test Drive 4 on the PS1 and it was glorious. All the Test Drive since has been generic shite.

  • Test Drive Unlimited 1 Was fantastic, it was a fresh take on the racing genre. TDU2 Came along and ruined it. The minute you try putting a storyline into a racing game it goes tits up (Except NFS:UG, UG2, MW and Carbon)

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