Atari announced the acquisition of Wonder today with plans to utilize WonderOS, an Android-based hybrid mobile gaming and entertainment platform, to bring crossplatform functionality to the Atari VCS and other devices.
“Atari anticipates incorporating WonderOS into the development roadmap of the Atari Video Computer System (Atari VCS) and making it available across mobile devices, which will further expand the capabilities and reach of the home gaming and entertainment system,” a press release from Atari said.
Andy Kleinman, an entrepreneur and former executive of Disney and mobile game companies Scopely and Zynga, founded Wonder in 2016. The press release said the pioneering WonderOS technology was designed to unify mobile, console, and PC gaming experiences, offering an ecosystem that gives access to multi-platform games, entertainment apps, and streaming services — locally or through the cloud.
“Atari has strong mobile gaming business and deep experience as a publisher,” said Atari CEO Frédéric Chesnais. “Incorporating Wonder’s exciting technology will accelerate mobile integration within the Atari VCS platform, while better positioning Atari to capitalize on the promise offered by 5G digital cellular networks.”