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.

via Dualshockers.

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1 Comment on Wargaming Grabs Total Annihilation and Master of Orion Franchises

psycros

On July 24, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Boy, some of these are among my top favorites of all time. I’m glad Stardock didn’t get ahold of MOO – their efforts in that genre have mostly just been confusing bugfests. Maybe they can do better with Star Control, although I wish Toys for Bob could get involved. Would have pretty amazing if Uber had snagged TA. I hope Wargaming does it justice and just gives us TA with better graphics, a truly smart AI rather than just “moar cheets”, and of course, mod support as a primary feature. Doesn’t really matter if its a prequel, sequel or reboot so long as its true to the heritage.