Atari has pulled out its wallet and taken away the intellectual property rights to over 100 retro games from the ’80s and ’90s, including Bubsy, Demolition Racer and more.
Notably, Atari’s new acquisitions included the PC and console game catalogs of publishers Micropose, Infogrames, Accolade, with Atari now also having the Accolade trademark.
Sadly, the company hasn’t shared the full list of retro IPs it now owns following its most recent surge, so there won’t be any time for a long run of nostalgia here — but its announcement has at least raised the above. Bubsy Called and Demolition Racer, with Hardball, 1942: Pacific Air War, F-117A, and F-14 Air Combat Series.
And as for what it’s doing with its new treasure trove, Atari says it aims to expand digital and physical distribution of the titles — including bringing some of them to consoles for the first time — and that it will continue to create new games. is also based on its newly acquired IP.
More predictably, the publisher also plans to explore “brand and merchandising collaborations,” so if you’ve ever wanted a T-shirt with Bubsy’s face on it, your dreams are finally about to come true.
Atari says the acquisition is part of a “multi-year effort to transform the company,” a process that most recently included collaboration with the legendary Jeff Minter to re-imagine ’80s arcade prototype Akka Arrah and last year’s excellent collaborated to release the Atari 50. : Anniversary Celebration Interactive Museum Collection.