06 Jul 2021 12:36 PM +00:00

Atari Exits Mobile Gaming

Just months after announcing plans to split its resources into mobile gaming and other avenues, retro champion Atari has reworked its strategy yet again, spelling the end to its free-to-play strategy.

Back in April of this year, Atari announced that it would split into two distinct divisions: Atari Gaming and Atari Blockchain.

The gaming division was predominantly built to handle the brand's long list of classic IPs, turning retro games and spin-offs into F2P mobile titles.

With the announcement that Atari will be backing out of the mobile gaming section presumably entirely, the future of its current titles hasn't been made abundantly clear.

In a statement issued to Gameindustry.biz Atari CEO Wade J Rosen, who joined the company in April, suggested that its successful mobile titles will continue to exist.

Others, like Roller Coaster Tycoon Stories and Ninja Golf, will either be sold to other companies or shut down for good.

The recently released Atari VCS console, which the company initially conceived as a competitor to retro consoles like the SNES Mini and PlayStation Classic,

So what does the future of Atari look like right now? Rather than focus on the mobile gaming space, Atari will instead target the premium gaming market on PC and consoles.

The first of these new premium titles will supposedly release before the end of March 2022.