With all of the activity coming out of Atari lately, you'd think the once-struggling publisher stumbled across a bag of cash
under the house. The company, which recently has made a habit of picking up other publisher's unwanted cast offs
, today acquired City of Heroes
developer Cryptic Studios
in what GI.biz
describes as a "performance-linked deal."
The agreement includes three of Cryptic's upcoming projects, including next year's super powered MMO, Champions Online
, Star Trek Online
in 2010 and an as-yet-unannounced third project (Hint: something Online
?) due the year after that. What's more, the report suggests that in addition to the $26.7 million in cash that Cryptic pocketed from the deal, the developer could see its coffers grow by another $20 million bonus should enough players decide to suit up in tights or explore the final frontier.