As we suggested back on February 25th, Phil Harrison has indeed popped up at Atari - as its president no less having resigned the same role at SCE World Wide Studios. He has also been appointed to the board of parent company Infogrames.
According to Infogrames, "Phil Harrison will oversee the Studios and content development for the group. Phil will be in charge of boosting the Group's publishing activities, notably through reinforcing its franchise portfolio of products, developing its new packaged and online games, and strengthening its internal and external studio capability through attracting world-class design and development talent to the organisation."
Says Mr Phil Harrison:
"This is the perfect time to join Infogrames and help shape the future of Atari - one of the industry's legendary brands. As the game business moves rapidly online I believe we have an outstanding opportunity to create amazing network game and community experiences for players the world over. I am especially excited to be working on this challenge together with David (Gardner - Atari and Infogrames' CEO
), one of the most respected leaders and successful executives in our industry."
The key in the press released text is obviously the words "network game and community experiences". At Sony, Harrison would have been very much concerned with the PlayStation brands forthcoming 'Home' online social network. So, does this mean that boxed games from Atari are going to be a thing of the past?
You can read the official story right here