Take-Two No Longer Publishing Champions Online

One of the more surprising news stories last week revealed that Infogrames (the owners of Atari) had purchased Cryptic Studios, whom many of you may know as the creators of City of Heroes and City of Villains.  Shortly after the announcement was made, Ten Ton Hammer spoke with Cryptic's Jack Emmert in an exclusive interview about what the acquisition might mean for their hotly anticipated titles Champions Online and Star Trek Online.  Though it was revealed that development for both titles was still on track and that Cryptic was quite enthusiastic about the deal, one major question remained unanswered – Who would be publishing Champions Online?

It was originally announced in July that 2k Games, the publishing arm of Take-Two interactive, had signed a deal to publish the new super hero themed MMOG from Cryptic.  Once it was revealed that Cryptic had a new home with Atari though, it seemed highly likely that a change in publishers was also in Champions' future.

Confirmation came this week in the form of a conference call to Take-Two's investors by the company's president, Ben Fedder, who simply stated, “ We no longer intend to publish the MMOG Champions Online due to Atari's acquisition of Cryptic” according to GamesIndustry.biz.  Though no official comment has been made by Cryptic at this point, signs point to Atari as taking over publishing rights to Champions, along with the formerly announced Star Trek Online.

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