World of Tanks developer Wargaming.net has purchased the rights to both Total Annihilation and Master of Orion. Wargaming.net’s CEO Victor Kislyi confirmed the purchase during a press conference held in the company’s home city of Minsk, Belarus.
“Total Annihilation and Master of Orion are strategy game classics. Although it’s too soon to disclose any details, we are more than willing to give a new lease of life to these games most of us grew up playing. It’s exactly where our major focus will be. Definitely, whatever we do, and whatever games we make with those franchises, they will be big AAA, massive titles with all of Wargaming’s Power behind them.”
According to court documents, Wargaming.net acquired the licenses to the games in July when Atari auctioned off the majority of their holdings. The ownership of Total Annihilation would seem to fit in Wargaming.net’s portfolio since they also own Chris Taylor’s studio Gas Powered Games. Taylor founded Cavedog Entertainment, the studio that originally created Total Annihilation.