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Atari gets liberal with its hilarious Asteroids reboot

by Ron Duwell | February 11, 2015February 11, 2015 9:30 am PDT

I’ve seen some very liberal re-imaginations of classic franchises like Syndicate and XCOM over the last few years, but this is the most hilarious of them all. Asteroids, that fun arcade shooter from the classic days of Atari, is getting a whole new look as an open-world, sandbox survival game.

Yes, following the success of other online survival games, Asteroids: Outpost will task players with setting up a base on an asteroid and mining it for resources. In this dog-eat-dog futuristic gold rush, the lawless asteroids are home to a never ending battlefield where ambitious miners murder one another over the limited amount of valuable land.

That in itself sounds like a pretty fun game, but it’s Atari’s pitch to fans of the original game which makes me giggle.

Asteroids is one of the most iconic titles in Atari’s portfolio of more than 200 games and franchises, and we’re looking forward to ushering the game into today’s digital gaming era. We’re paying homage to the original Asteroids by incorporating classic features such as asteroid blasting capabilities, while introducing a completely new premise and gameplay. Asteroids: Outpost will appeal to both fans of the classic Asteroids as well as enthusiasts of immersive survival games and expansive MMOs.

You hear that? If I can’t take a break from the survival aspect of this game to bounce around in a spaceship and blast rocks into an ever decreasing size, I’ll be horribly disappointed. Extra disappointed if I can’t leave a single tiny asteroid on the screen and farm UFOs for a high score. I get that Atari has to tie this to the older game in some fashion, but this description is a bit of a stretch.

What it is referring to though are asteroid showers which rain down on the surface. Players can blast them from the sky with turrets from their base and reap the benefits of their minerals, or they can flee to save their hide and watch as their hard work goes up in flames. Again, sounds like a fun idea, but there is no need to PR-squeeze this to sell it to classic fans. I don’t think older Asteroids fans are going to scream “sellout” at at reboot like this.

Atari says Asteroids: Outpost will be available “soon” on Steam Early Access, and it only has plans to release for PC.

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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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