Atari and Hasbro Settle D&D; Lawsuit; Neverwinter Delayed

Atari and Hasbro have amicably resolved their legal dispute regarding Dungeons & Dragons rights. However, this has led to the postponement of the online game, Neverwinter, to the subsequent year.

In December 2009, Hasbro, owning Wizards of the Coast, initiated a lawsuit against Atari. They alleged that Atari had granted certain D&D rights to Hasbro's rival, Namco Bandai Partners, violating their licensing agreement. Atari dismissed these claims, arguing that Hasbro was merely trying to swiftly retrieve the D&D rights.

The tides have turned, with both companies recently declaring that all legal issues are now settled. Hasbro reclaims the digital rights for Dungeons & Dragons. Meanwhile, Atari retains the rights to produce a few licensed games, such as Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale and the beta version of the Facebook game, Heroes of Neverwinter.

However, there's a downside: Neverwinter, the highly anticipated online RPG for PC, set for release this year, has been rescheduled to the end of 2012. Interestingly, this delay is not a result of the lawsuit but stems from Cryptic Studios' recent acquisition by Perfect World Entertainment. Following the takeover, Perfect World expressed its intent to enrich the game, promising a more captivating experience.

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