Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Atari
Developer: Digital Eclipse
Release Date: Nov. 11, 2022

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'Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration' Content Update Will Add 12 Games Next Week

by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2023 @ 9:54 a.m. PST

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration takes players on an interactive journey through Atari’s rich and colorful history through more than 80 classic games.

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.

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration is an interactive journey through 50 years of video games through interviews with designers, developers and industry leaders, documentary footage, product design documents, and of course, more than 80 playable games.

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.

Coming December 5, 2023, Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration’s holiday update brings 12 new titles to the anthology, giving novice gaming historians an even deeper look into the legacy of the grandfather of the gaming industry.

A mix of prototypes, homebrews, and official titles, this new update seeks to expand the library of the interactive virtual museum Atari 50 brought to players in 2022.

This update isn’t exhaustive, though — it’s the first of many planned by Atari and its partner in video game preservation Digital Eclipse.

Future planned updates will expand the title’s repertoire with more games, concept art, and additional behind-the-scenes interviews with industry legends.

From officially released titles and player-powered homebrews, to once-lost Atari prototypes, Atari 50 shapes up to be the gift that keeps on giving.

Key Features:

  • 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.
  • 6 reenvisioned Atari Classics
    • Airworld – yes, the team at Digital Eclipse created the fourth chapter of the never finished Swordquest series: Airworld.
    • Haunted House – a modern 3D isometric adventure based on the classic original.
    • Vctr Sctr – a celebration of the vector era of gaming which combines gameplay from a variety of vector arcade classics into a single challenge.
    • Neo Breakout – an amazing and addictive two player competition that combines the best parts of Breakout and Pong.
    • Yars Revenge Reimagined – Modern graphics the best-selling first-party Atari 2600 game of all time.
  • 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.

And, as fitting for the brand so closely associated with the development of the Easter Egg, you can unlock hours of additional content and games as you progress through the collection.

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration is available for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and PC (Steam / Epic Games) at $39.99.

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