Atari is reaching far back into its treasure trove of retro classics with its new 50th Anniversary Collection, which includes games from the forgotten Atari Jaguar days of yore.
Today Atari announced a mega-bundle of games across six generations of hardware, including Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Atari ST, Atari Jaguar, and Atari Lynx. The last two are pretty exciting for retro buffs due to their rarity.
The Jaguar in particular is an interesting entry in the annals of gaming. The Jaguar was the world's first 64-bit console and released one of the most notorious video games of all time, Cybermorph, which was lampooned by the angriest gaming geek on the internet (AVGN). "Where did you learn to fly?" was the first introduction that many had to the strange experimental system. Still, though, the console is a charming look at the earliest age of home console polygonal graphics that helped usher in a new era of 3D gaming.
The Lynx is essentially Atari's version of the Game Gear...and it's not so great.
Atari announced the 50th Anniversary Collection will include more than 90 games but we don't have a full roster just yet. We did spot Cybermorph in the trialer, though.
One of the games is Airworld, the cancelled SwordQuest game from the 80s that was shelved indefinitely due to the video game crash during that decade.
Retro remaster masters and digital emulation wizards Digital Eclipse worked close with Atari to bring the collection to life.
The Atari 50th Anniversary Collection will release in Q4 of this year for $39.99 on Atari VCS, PC (Steam & Epic Games Store), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.
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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 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.
At the heart of the 50th Anniversary Collection is a curated list of over 80 games that span seven different hardware platforms - a true feat of emulation by the team at Digital Eclipse. Behind every game are the stories of Atari, what was happening at the company, what went into the creation of the games and the hardware they ran on, told by the people who were there. It is a rare opportunity to get a rich, behind the scenes look at the history of video games.
- 80+ classic games lovingly presented with best-in-class emulation and modern quality-of-life enhancements - and the ability to play classic games that have not been available for ages.
- Discover the brand that launched the modern video game industry and the creative individuals behind it through interviews, archival images, special source material and behind-the-scenes content within an interactive timeline.
- Emulation of games created for six hardware platforms: Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800,
- Atari ST, Atari Jaguar, Atari Lynx.
- Over 60 minutes of exclusive interviews with key players in the games industry - from early Atari designers and engineers and other luminaries of the gaming world -- as they discuss Atari's enduring impact on the video entertainment landscape.
- A retrospective on gaming history that is a must-own for collectors and fans of video 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.
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