Atari has issued a formal response to Turbine, criticising the developer for filing a "frivolous
" lawsuit against the publisher over Dungeons & Dragons Online
Turbine filed the $30 million USD lawsuit last week, alleging that Atari was trying to break from their agreement under false pretences purely so the company could launch a new MMO. While the new MMO has been named it's rumoured to be Neverwinter Nights Online
, being developed by Cryptic Studios.
"Last week, with no warning, Turbine filed what can only be viewed as a frivolous lawsuit against Atari. This action can ultimately do a great disservice to D&D fans and to the MMO community at large,
" Atari said in a statement to the press this morning.
"Turbine's actions also appear intended to divert attention from the contractual obligations that Turbine owes to Atari. In response, today Atari served a motion to dismiss the entirety of Turbine’s lawsuit. Atari also filed a separate complaint to recover monies owed to Atari resulting from an independent third party audit of Turbine.
"While Atari hopes for a quick and fair resolution, it remains fully committed to the D&D communities worldwide and will vigorously protect the franchise and its own integrity in this matter.
None of this seems to be affect D&D Online
all that much however - the game is due for an update and raised level cap on the September 9th. Let us know what you think of the game in the forums