Wargaming Grabs Total Annihilation and Master of Orion Franchises
The rights to Total Annihilation and several other major historical franchises went up for grabs after the Atari announced its dissolution at the hands of its investors. Wargaming, the new owner of Gas Powered Games, and maker of World of Tanks, was among the bidders present at the auction.
In the wake of the auction, Wargaming managed to scoop up the 4X title Master of Orion, and Total Annihilation. The latter title was developed by some of the key figures at Gas Powered Games during the late 90s, so the new owners come as a natural fit to the historical franchise. Uber Entertainment, the studio currently developing the Total Annihilation-inspired game Planetary Annihilation, was listed as a back-up bidder for the franchise.
Other franchises, including Moonbase Commander and Battlezone, were taken by Rebellion Interactive Games, while the Star Control franchise went to Stardock Systems. Stardock also bid on the Master of Orion franchise, but lost out to Wargaming.
With any luck, we’ll see the development of a host of new titles based on these historical franchises in the coming months and years, as they’re no longer left to languish under the auspices of the now-defunct Atari.