I just ran across this article on the wizards website. Yes, it’s more “old news” to many of you but it is exciting nonetheless!
HASBRO AND ATARI RESOLVE DUNGEONS & DRAGONS RIGHTS DISPUTE
August 15, 2011 (Renton, WA) – Wizards of the Coast LLC, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) and Atari, S.A. announced today the settlement and resolution of the complaint against Atari, S.A. and the counterclaims filed by Atari, S.A. against Hasbro, Inc. filed in December 2009 in regards to the Dungeons & Dragons brand.
Digital licensing rights for Dungeons & Dragons have been returned to Hasbro. Atari will continue to develop and market several games under license from Hasbro and Wizards, including the #1 Xbox LIVE® hit Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale and the upcoming Heroes of Neverwinter for Facebook. Additional settlement details remain private.
There’s not a lot of substance there but then there’s not much that needs to be said. The people that own the rights to D&D once again hold the rights to D&D digital licensing. That’s huge!
For the past couple decades Atari has owned those rights and done nothing with them while the folks who desperately wanted to produce products under those rights were unable to. That means we have all missed out on what could have been many years of wonderful D&D related digital products.
Now that the issue has finally been settled, I’m hoping that we will see lots of new and exciting products in the near future.