Atari being sued by Turbine over D&D Online

A party in D&D Online take on a monster.

The publisher of soon to re-launch as free-to-play D&D Online is allegedly being sued over its MMOG. But the shock isn’t just the lawsuit itself, but the source of the lawsuit as well.

Turbine Inc., the developer of D&D Online, has filed a suit against publisher Atari in New York, according to Courthouse News. The developer is arguing that Atari has breached an agreement in 2003, where Turbine licensed the rights to make D&D MMOGs from the publisher.

Turbine is claiming that Atari is deliberately under-promoting the relaunch of D&D Online as part of a license-agreement "termination" strategy. The suit then claims that this strategy is being pursued in bad faith, as Atari is planning to launch its own competing product.

The Courthouse News did not specify what the competing product is. Rumors and a Variety report claim that the game may be a Neverwinter Nights MMOG being created by Atari and California-based Cryptic Studios..

Atari has not made a comment regarding the story at press time. A Turbine representative has declined to comment.



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Author: Mike Murphy View all posts by
Mike has been playing games for over two decades. His earliest memories are of shooting ducks and stomping goombas on NES, and over the years, the hobby became one of his biggest passions. Mike has worked with GamerNode as a writer and editor since 2009, giving you news, reviews, previews, a voice on the VS Node Podcast, and much more.

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