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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Atari Edge: We Take A Look At Atari VCS Confirmed Partner Eden Games

At the launch of the Atari VCS Indiegogo campaign, Atari announced a list of confirmed partners. Many of the third party game studios have a long working relationship with Atari, and a few helped Atari create some highly popular franchises. Many questions have been asked over the months by fans and critics regarding what modern games will be available on the Atari VCS. With the confirmed list of game studios to date, we can examine, and get a better idea of the type of games that the studios have previously worked on with Atari. In a multi part series, we are going to take a closer look at some of the confirmed partners for the anticipated Atari VCS console. In this first installment, we take a look at game design studio Eden Games.

Founded in 1998, and headquartered in Lyon, France, Eden Games is no stranger to Atari, and was at
one time an owned subsidiary of Atari, SA, until they closed the studio in 2013. In 2014, the
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company reopened independent of Atari, and have recently been announced as a confirmed independent development studio partner for the Atari VCS. Over the years, Eden games has developed a nice portfolio of games, and they have teamed up with Atari for a few great titles as well.

In 2002, Infogrames published V-Rally 3 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and Microsoft Windows under the Atari brand name and designed by Eden Games. V-Rally 3 was one of the leading rally racing franchises at the time. It was the third game in the series and the sequel to V-Rally 2. The main focus of the game is the career mode, with a quick race mode also available. With 24 tracks and 20 vehicles, V-Rally 3 provided a lot of variation to the game play.

KYA: Dark Lineage was developed by Eden Games for publication by Atari in 2003, and is a third person action adventure game. The single player game was released for the PlayStation 2 in North America on November 18, 2003, followed up by a European release on February 2, 2004.

Atari and Eden games teamed up again in 2004 to develop and publish Titeuf: Mega Compet for PC, Gameboy Advance, and PlayStation 2 in the European market only. The game was released on September 22, 2004.

The Test Drive franchise over the years has remained a popular racing franchise. Eden Games teamed up once again with Atari in 2006 for the development and release of Test Drive Unlimited for Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows, followed by Test Drive Unlimited 2 in 2011 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. With over 70 songs on the games soundtrack, the Test Drive Unlimited 2 music includes an extensive lineup of songs to drive to. The game has several modes including Free Ride, Single Player Challenges, and Multi Player Challenges. Free Ride includes an expansive map to explore, with new roads to find that will ultimately allow you to locate new shops and events along the way.

Another popular Atari game franchise is the Alone In The Dark franchise. The first Alone In The Dark game was released in 1992, followed by Alone In The Dark II in 1993, Alone In The Dark III in 1994, and Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare in 2001. In 2008, the fifth installment of the series was developed by Eden Games and published by Atari for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. A limited edition of the game was released in the European market which included additional memorabilia inspired from the game. The most recent installment of the game series was Alone In the Dark: Illumination, released on Steam in 2015, with a summer 2016 update

From the history that Atari and Eden games has developing great titles together throughout the years, the future for Eden Games development on the Atari VCS appears to be promising. With titles like V-Rally, Test Drive, and Alone In The Dark in their portfolio, there is much to anticipate from Eden Games on the Atari VCS.

In the next installment, we take a look at Code Mystics.