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No Atari Games for PS3 Until 2007 |

I have a lot of anger towards Atari after it’s treatment of European gamers (click here to find out why) so I’m not exactly crying into my milk at the news that Atari won’t be supporting the PS3 until 2007.

Atari CEO Bruno Bonnell also made a strange comment to justify the decision. When asked if Atari would be supporting all 3 next-gen consoles equally, Bruno Bonnell said:

“We’re supporting them fairly equally; it’s just that we’re lacking information about the PS3 at this stage, because we have basically a rough release date and a high retail price point.”


So all they know is a rough release date & a high retail price? A release date has been officially set so how is that a rough release date!

Plenty of other developers have more than enough info at their disposal to develop & publish games for the PS3 before 2007 so what’s the problem? I get the impression that they are waiting to see how the launch goes & to see how many units are sold before Atari jumps into bed with Sony. Or maybe they are waiting for more info about Sony’s online plans.

Don’t expect Atari to sell many games in Europe, regardless of which consoles they support until they stop treating us Europeans like dog muck on their shoe.

No Atari Games for PS3 Until 2007

  • I really LOL’ed at Atari when I read, that Test Drive will be full price in Europe.

    Saying the “installed user base” doesnt let them do it. It’s clearly that Europeans just spend more on games! This is so lame of them. Ok, as I never owned and never will own a 360, I couldnt care less, but that AGAIN shows us, how we Europeans are treated! Especially the Brits, Dutch (the ones of Denmark) and the Irishmen. If the PS3 REALLY is region free, I will ONLY buy my games from Lik-Sang, as the €uro is pretty nice for Importers πŸ˜€

    My PS2 is also region free… I really thought about buying the US Version of GT4, because it was $60 (or so) including shipping to Germany, which is roughly 50€, whereas I pay 60€ (w/o shipping) here.

    After all… Globalization has some benefits!

  • Matt

    I think they are willing to take the risk. What percentage of gamers read these site religiously like we all do. I would venture to say 10% at most. If they lose 10% of their base (which they won’t) and make 33% per game they win.

    Gary I think you have a good point. My thinking is that their isn’t going to be a lot of systems on the market and they don’t want to invest million into developing a game that they cannot make their money back on. They probally asked Sony for some money and they said no. Not a big deal as they will eventually develop on the system.

  • Atari shafting Europe is big news over here in the UK and it’s doing the rounds on a number of forums with a lot of gamers vowing to boycott any Atari products. How many will stick to that remains to be seen but a lot of people are rightly annoyed (to put it politely) over the arrogance of Atari.

  • 2007 – it will be soon.
    I agree with Mat, they are realy willing to take the risk