Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Atari has announced Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration, an “interactive game experience” developed by retro remaster specialists Digital Eclipse. Due to launch in November, the celebration bundle commemorates Atari's 50th anniversary with an interactive timeline, featuring access to over 90 games from the company's history.
Input from numerous key creative individuals will be provided through previously unpublished interview footage, alongside a raft of behind the scenes material including development sketches, hardware schematics, internal memos, images, videos, and other ‘artifacts’. Atari 50 encompasses eight different Atari hardware platforms in a single package, charting the evolution of the company's games across five decades.
“We cannot think of a better way to celebrate our golden anniversary than to share the decades of fun, innovation, and talent with our fans worldwide through this truly remarkable collection,” said Atari CEO Wade Rosen. “To say it’s an honour to bring this collection to life is an understatement. I speak for everyone at Atari when I say we are elated to share this new Atari experience with the world as our 50th-anniversary celebration.”
Dozens of “newly finished ‘never completed’ or unreleased games” from the 1980s are also among the titles in the Atari 50 library, in addition to experimental new versions of classics, and mash-ups of early-era titles in one seamless experience. Digital Eclipse has created five new games for the collection, too, reimagining the likes of Haunted House, Neo Breakout, Yars' Revenge, Vctr Sctr, and the “never-finished” Airworld.
Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration will be coming to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC in November 2022, with games originally released for the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Atari ST, Atari Jaguar, and Atari Lynx consoles. You can even unlock bonus games by completing challenges and discovering certain in-game artifacts.
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