Test Drive Unlimited 2 dev studio holding one day strike against Atari

The game development studio behind the recent open world racing game Test Drive Unlimited 2 is holding a one day strike in order to protest actions from its parent company Atari. Gamasutra reports that France-based Eden Studios is supposed to hold the strike today "to show the employees determination and mobilization."

According to the story, the studio is in the middle of a redundancy plan that will ultimately see over half of Eden Studios' 80 employees laid off. This follows the release of Test Drive Unlimited 2 earlier this year for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms. The game suffered from a number of technical issues for all of its versions just after its launch that took large patches to fix. Ultimately the game got mediocre reviews from critics.

Gamasutra's story said they had received a letter from Eden Studios reps outlining the reasons for the one day strike. They blame Atari executives for alleged mismanagement of the company, stating, "For several years we are witnessing multiple leader changes at its head, they did not hesitate to get rich despite financial difficulties." The employees want to have more say in the current redundancy plan and to "communicate and interact with the CEO, Jim Wilson, who has never introduced himself to his employees."

Officially Atari has yet to respond to the one day strike by Eden Studio employees. The publisher has been moving toward developing and releasing more downloadable game titles in recent months although it still has a major retail product, the fantasy RPG Neverwinter from developer Cryptic Studios, planned for release late in 2011.

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Question is, was the game terrible because of Atari squeezing the TDU dev team, not giving them enough funding etc.. or are Eden just rubbish?

TDU, the original title, was excellent (despite a few flaws).. I got on the beta programme for TDU and despite only getting on it about 4 months before it got released the game was UNPLAYABLE. I was absolutely staggered when I saw the expected release date and that it actually got released on that date. I've not tried the full version of TDU2 yet but in my limited time playing the beta, it seemed if anything they'd taken a step back compared to the original TDU - so god knows what the development team were doing in the years since TDU came out.

If they were about to eliminate half the studio already, this might be enough to get them to eliminate the whole thing.

"France-based Eden Studios is supposed to hold the strike today"

The French are always striking for one reason or another.

SK[ said,]"France-based Eden Studios is supposed to hold the strike today"

The French are always striking for one reason or another.

[SIC: striking = surrendering]

MafiotuL said,
Hmm... They should really work to fix TDU, even though the game is so bad that it can't just be fixed.

I haven't tried TDU2, but TDU was pretty damn awesome. unless you where looking for a sim, and not some good old NFS action, which isn't what the game was supposed to be.

Atari isn't dead yet? That's surprising. While I can understand their worries of over half the studio being laid off, that isn't an excuse for how ****ty TDU2 was...

Elessar said,
Atari isn't dead yet? That's surprising. While I can understand their worries of over half the studio being laid off, that isn't an excuse for how ****ty TDU2 was...

Hmmm I don't know what you call it ****ty for...I like it sure its not as good as the original Test Drive