Hasbro, the toy company, has Wizards of the Coast as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Wizards of the Coast, the makers of Magic: The Gathering, who parlayed their collectible card game success into purchasing the Dungeons & Dragons franchise still owns the D&D franchise. So, in effect, Hasbro owns the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. For close to two years, a lawsuit has been running between Hasbro and Atari over the status of Atari’s license to make D&D video/computer games. Today, August 15, 2011, Hasbro and Atari have announced a settlement of their dispute. Key terms appear to be that the D&D license is now Hasbro’s, although Atari can continue to market several D&D games, including Daggerdale and the upcoming “Heroes of Neverwinter” for Facebook. However, the once-upcoming-in-2011 PC game which is just “Neverwinter” has been pushed to a release date of late 2012.
This is most likely great news for both console and PC gamers who love D&D. With Hasbro having more freedom to shop the D&D license around to any and all game manufacturers, we can hopefully look forward to some killer D&D titles announced in the near future!