While Warioware’s Atari Mania-inspired line of minigames was probably better in theory than execution, Atari’s Recharged collection of reimagined arcade games is pretty impressive, and the recently released Atari 50 is one of the best collections of retro games. that you’ve ever played. An interactive museum full of videos, ads, stories, and games, the Atari 50 is a unique and wonderful collection of old-school classics that I can’t recommend highly enough. Continuing the company’s recent trend of interesting game releases, Atari announced an entirely new virtual reality title during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week in San Francisco.
Launching later this summer, Pixel Ripped 1978 is the third game in the critically acclaimed virtual reality series.
Unlike previous titles in the franchise (Pixel Ripped 1989 and Pixel Ripped 1995), the upcoming release will feature older, officially licensed Atari games, rather than fantasy titles inspired by popular games of the time.
Players assume the role of a new Atari recruit named Barbara, whose job is to fix bugs with an interdimensional tool that allows her to journey inside the worlds of Atari games.
It takes place in Sunnyvale, California circa 1978, and you can even explore the legendary Atari headquarters at the height of the golden age of video games.
The official description reads: “In Pixel Ripped 1978, players will experience the magic of the booming video game industry during the golden age of home entertainment.”
Through the eyes of the game’s protagonist, Dot, players will travel between dimensions as they play games within games; a multi-layered adventure filled with old classics, unreleased gems, and undiscovered Easter eggs.
“Collaborating with Atari means more retro gaming quality, as players will even be able to explore Atari’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.”
Based on the gameplay clip (above), featured Atari games include Fast Freddie, Crystal Castles, and Yars’ Revenge.
Gamers will apparently be able to try out original versions of the aforementioned games using an in-game controller.
The twist, of course, is that you’ll also be able to experience brand-new, completely original 3D versions of the same games when you travel between dimensions.
It all plays into Pixel Ripped’s broader story and the characters created in the previous games.
Pixel Ripped 1978 is coming to PC, PSVR2, Meta Quest 2 and PlayStation 5 this summer.
PC, PS VR2, Meta Quest 2 and PlayStation 5 this summer.