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Earlier in the year we brought you a review of an updated Atari classic. The game in question is Centipede: Recharged which we reviewed favourably. It would seem the love for Atari is as strong as ever. Believe it not, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary! So with that we have news of Atari 50 today.

So what are we getting in this release. Well, according to the official website, we are getting a substantial amount of content.

Atari is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and with it, the spark that launched the modern video game industry. It has been five decades since a small team in Silicon Valley first combined their creativity, curiosity and passion into making video games and hardware. The result of their efforts was Atari, one of the most recognizable and enduring entertainment and pop culture brands in the world.

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration takes players on an interactive journey through 50 years of video games via interviews with designers, developers and industry leaders, documentary footage, product design documents, high-resolution original artwork, and a specially-curated list of more than 90 playable games. 

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration And What We Know

The website doesn’t list all the games. However with what is likely to be nearly one hundred titles, it’s not surprising. But we do have some new games inspired by the Atari legacy and a trailer found below.

The New Games

Swordquest: AirWorld – Yes, you read that right: After nearly 40 years of waiting, the team at Digital Eclipse has created the fourth and final entry in the legendary Swordquest series, inspired by the design concepts of original Swordquest creator Tod Frye. Who will be the first to solve its mysteries – and finally complete the quest?

Haunted Houses – The original “survival horror” game for the Atari 2600 gets a modern 3D voxel-based sequel, featuring more houses, more spooky situations, and more urns.

VCTR-SCTR – This mashup celebration of the vector era of gaming combines the gameplay from Asteroids, Tempest, and other vector-based arcade classics into a single, continuous challenge.

Neo Breakout – An amazing and addictive two-player competition that combines the best features of Breakout and Pong, with a modern graphic style.

Quadratank – The first new entry in the classic Tank series since 1978 combines features from the original games with four-player fun in team or free-for-all modes.

Yars’ Revenge Reimagined – Howard Scott Warshaw’s masterpiece for the Atari 2600 gets a whole new look – and you can swap between original and modern graphics at any time! Designed by Digital Eclipse studio head Mike Mika, who created the Game Boy Color version of Yars’ Revenge in 1999.

The nnew games making their debut in Atari 50

The collection is set to launch this November. As for platforms, it’s going to launch on everything. This also includes a launch on the Atari VCS. As for the era of systems Atari will be able to call on the list is impressive. We have the Atari Arcade, 2600, 5200, 7800, Atari 8-bit computers, Atari Jaguar and the Atari Lynx.

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