Atari has filed for Chapter 11, the publisher announced today, and the move will see the iconic company selling off "substantially all" of its assets including its logo, as well as its video game properties. Pong, Asteroids, Tempest, Missile Command, Battlezone, Centipede, and Test Drive were all mentioned this morning as examples of its assets that will probably be sold.

The reasons for the move don't seem too complicated (Atari wants to detach itself from a troubled parent company), but we're not lawyers and won't try to spell all of this out. This LA Times article seems like a good place to go if you want some hard, cold business details on all of this.

As noted, Atari plans to get this sale wrapped up within the next 90-120 days. It'll be interesting to see who jumps in and walks away with these legendary games because mobile's got to be the place we'll see them re-appear on, right?

  • Blodia

    Hopenchange!

  • http://twitter.com/TomateDiseno Tomate Diseño

    "Atari" has been something of a meaningless corporate ID for decades and even when it was a "thing" what did it do? Treated its employees so badly programmers hid their names in games to get a modicum of due credit, flood the market with terrible games and abused licenses, nearly killing the industry. Time to let this dog lie.

    • avwave

      Would love to see sources of that... But even so, please don't be EA

    • MidianGTX

      I agree, Atari haven't been able to keep up with the times, this was on the cards.

    • Ceedog48

      Let's not forget E.T., the game so bad they buried it in the desert.

      • homosaur

        Compared to a lot of Atari carts, ET was not as bad as its rep. However, the avg quality of an Atari cart was about a 3/10.

      • ExcaliburEdge

        You must be a plumber, seeing as how you like to bring up old sh*t.

        :D

    • Karzay

      I'd like to see Atari survive. It has had a huge role in the history of video games and tech culture.

      Steve Jobs worked for Atari and that's where he met Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. They would later go off and start a company called Apple.

  • araczynski

    battlezone still has a ton of untapped potential in the right hands, as for pong/asteroids/command/centipede/etc.... you can only do so much with those as they are, they need serious reboots/transformations to be of any real worth.

    • http://twitter.com/bravadowaffle Stephen D

      agreed! battlezone has huge potential. In fact, so huge that we are working on a version right now for iOS and Android. :D You heard it hear first. Now if only we had the $$$ to buy the rights to make an official sequel!

      • araczynski

        wow, that is definitely some good news. loved the earlier battlezone rts pc games :) that hover tank engine and cannon sound is still stuck in my mind. keeping my fingers crossed for a nice game :)

      • http://twitter.com/bravadowaffle Stephen D

        Hey, drop me a line on twitter if you want access to the online alpha version coming in a couple weeks. :)

      • araczynski

        done and done, thanks :)

  • mcorleonep

    Have you played Atari today?

  • TJF588

    Maybe this means we'll finally seen that second Blade Kitten game. Atari's just been sittin' on that stinker, but maybe its creator will take it back.

  • fenderbendr

    Does this mean we won't see roller coaster tycoon for iOS? It was supposed to be released in Q1 of this year.

    • dwx882

      This was my first thought as well. I had been anticipating this release so badly

  • rafark

    Nice logo!

  • .Asa

    I'll buy it if nobody

  • .Asa

    I'll buy it if nobody else does :)

  • nini

    Just hope Zynga doesn't buy their remains.

  • cofunguy

    Forget zygna. Hope Facebook doesn't!!

  • mcorleonep

    It would be ironic & poetic justice if Atari were bought out by Activision. :p

  • ExcaliburEdge

    Rovio will probably buy it. Can you say: "Angry Birds Pong!"?

  • PureRumble

    omg...

  • VirtualBoyFreak

    Test Drive Unlimited for iOS anyone? :D

  • Nitrillo

    One crazy idea: we can make a kickstarter to buy Atari and release all their assets into the public domain

  • daniel5457

    Great.. Now Zynga would buy this...

  • Baron Cappuccino

    With this, thousands of Atari's copyright lawyers are forced to rejoin the job market. It's unlikely that any game developers will be joining them, because if Atari hired any since 1983, you wouldn't know it.

  • .Asa

    I was kind of hoping this would be Nintendo going bankrupt, so then we'd finally get to play Mario games on iOS.

    • PureRumble

      Nintendo going bankrupt? Blasphemy! Infidel!!

  • ExcaliburEdge

    If its like 90% of the other kickstarter programs, it'll reach 300% support but never launch.

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      @ Excalibur - whoa on the cynicism, dude. Why don't you just speak for your own failures & let other stuff succeed or fail on it's own?
      Obv not all Kickstarters have failed. For *software dev*, it can be a 2-3 year process (if not longer) depending on the size of the team & the scope of the project.
      Insulting Kickstarter projects b/c they don't launch on-time, or on your schedule, is just sad. Rather than whining, just don't fund anything. There is no *we promise to launch by this date* in Kickstarter for a reason.
      Last point -- wrap your head around this: Kickstarter & similar are *REVOLUTIONARY*. They are not 'minor annoying new changes' in capitalism. Real crowdfunding is nearly a complete revamp of society & tech.
      'nuf said.

  • Chaos_Eternal

    Sad, and honestly, a bit scary.