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Atari Primed For A Big 2009

Yesterday, we heard all about Atari's 2009 projects, and when we saw the headline, we admit to being somewhat underwhelmed. After all, Atari hasn't really wowed the crowd in this new generation just yet, although a few gems (like N+ for the PSP) have popped up here and there.

But has anybody noticed that 2009 may be a year of rejuvenation for the veteran publisher? We always wondered if former Sony executive and current Atari president Phil Harrison would have an immediate impact, and while we can't attribute all these promising new projects directly to him, there's no arguing that Atari may issue some great projects next year. We really can't wait for the sequel/remake, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, the new entries in the Neverwinter Nights and Baldur's Gate franchises will turn a lot of heads, the Ghostbusters video game is looking surprisingly good, and the console iteration, The Witcher: Rise of the Wolf should be worthy of any role-playing fan's attention. Perhaps what impressed us most about all this are the debut trailers that came with these announcements, and we strongly suggest you check 'em out right now:

The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena

Heroes Over Europe

Ghostbusters: The Video Game

The Witcher: Rise of the Wolf

So now that you've taken the time to view Atari's newest offerings, aren't you a little excited? Don't you think Atari has a chance of making a very good showing in 2009? There are plenty of titles on the list that have garnered our attention early on, and provided development progresses smoothly, we'd like to think this publisher has set themselves up for a big year...

12/3/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (10 posts)

The_Chimeran
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 11:18:12 PM
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I have faith in Phil Harrison to revive Atari. And yeah like you said it may not have been directly him but what atari has got coming up looks promising. Thinking of Witcher, Chronicles, and maybe Ghostbusters.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 11:25:28 PM
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Guess I'll have to look into this witcher business while they ready the console version, loves me some rpgs.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 11:32:26 PM
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Um.....I don't like any of those games

Wow thinking 'bout it I don't have a single game from this company lol.

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AntDC
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:40:50 AM

Are you serious? They have made a hell of a lot of games...

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Scarecrow
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 2:23:03 PM

A lot of 'ok' games...
Nothing that impressive imo

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crapreviews
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 2:44:58 AM
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ghostbusters looks like it might be fun

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Jut420
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 8:38:03 AM
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If there was one guy I wish Playstation still had on board, it would be Phil Harrison. He just seems like a great guy, real down to earth, and always seems to make the right decisions. I haven't really been interested in Atari games in years because in my eyes they lack in quality, but with Harrison working for them I believe they can deliver and I might even pick up one or a couple of their upcoming titles. I just think Harrison has a real knack for knowing what gamers want and knows how to deliver high quality titles.

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Daedusian
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:40:18 AM
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It is definitely shaping up to be a good year for Atari. I think both Ghostbusters and The Witcher alone will be enough to show that Atari has redeemed themselves this gen. But then again, those games are the only ones I'm really interested in and I know they will do great. If CoR and Heroes are great games then wow!

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:00:56 PM
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Atari?.......... ^_^

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MetalHead09
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 2:58:52 PM
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they continue to do a great job on the dbz games. except the last one on ps2, looks pretty much the same as budokai 3 so that worries me a little. burst limit was great though.

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