Atari and Digital Eclipse are teaming up to celebrate the brand’s fiftieth anniversary with a collection of over ninety retro titles.
It’s been fifty years since Atari was founded, and through the many ups and downs, the brand has maintained at least some relevance in a fast-paced and ever-evolving video games industry. Despite the Atari VCS console being released in 2021, the company’s most recognisable contribution to the industry dates back to the heyday of home gaming. To commemorate their early classic games and everything that has happened since the company is launching Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration in November.
The collection of over ninety era-defining titles ranging from the Atari 2600 to the Jaguar is a must-have for retro gaming fans.
The stylish trailer features excerpts from interviews with pioneering developers such as Howard Scott Warshaw and Jerry Jessop and showcases classic and reimagined versions of well-known games. With rare and sought-after titles such as Cybermoprh and Atari Karts, it looks like a promising package for all fans of old-school games.
Particularly noteworthy are six apparently brand new games developed by Digital Eclipse, the studio behind the collection. In reality, the term “new” is a bit of an exaggeration, as the company’s website confirms that these are remastered versions of games such as Yar’s Revenge, Quadratank, Haunted House, and, interestingly, the ultra-rare SwordQuest: AirWorld.
In addition to the long-lost Jaguar game found in January, 2022 promises to be an excellent year for fans.
That said, the company has also been in hot water lately. The VCS has been the subject of controversy in the past due to its crowdfunding campaign, a string of NFTs has made fans and investors alike wary, and the brand itself bears almost no resemblance to its roots, having changed hands several times over the past five decades. The Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration could be the perfect celebration of the company’s contribution to the gaming world, but as things stand, there are reasons to be sceptical.