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Test Drive 2 dev Eden goes on strike

Atari "mismanagement forces lay-offs".

Alone in the Dark and Test Drive Unlimited 2 developer Eden Games has gone on strike against parent company Atari.

The protest comes as the French developer finalises cuts of 51 jobs from its 80-strong team.

"Eden Games pays now for Atari mismanagement," wrote Eden in a statement provided to Eurogamer sister site Gamesindustry.biz.

"For several years we are witnessing multiple leader changes at its head, they did not hesitate to get rich despite financial difficulties.

"Atari does not play the game of negotiations with employee representatives on the redundancy plan measures. Employee representatives of Eden until now have been extremely collaborative, respecting the very tight deadlines of the redundancy plan."

The strike, described as a "symbolic day strike", hopes to demonstrate "determination and mobilisation" to Eden employees. The result Eden hopes will be an audience with Atari CEO Jim Wilson, "who has never introduced himself to his employees".

The ultimate goal of the strike will be to ensure that "an employee of Eden Games is compensated the same way as an employee of Atari".

Atari is yet to respond.

Yesterday, Atari told Eurogamer that Test Drive Unlimited 2 will "continue to evolve" through "regular releases of DLC". The publisher was responding to a forum post that referred to the imminent Exploration Pack add-on/patch as the "final update".

Looking ahead, is this the end of Test Drive Unlimited? TDU2 was released in February. Eurogamer awarded 7/10.

The first 15 minutes of Test Drive Unlimited 2.

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