The Atari 2600 came on the market in 1977 and is almost 44 years old. But a studio founded by Activision veterans now wants to develop games for the retro console again.
What kind of studio is it? Audacity Games comes from former Activision developers Garry and Dan Kitchen and David Crane, co-founder of Activision. The company’s goal is to bring games for the Atari 2600 back onto the market. With this, the founders want to fulfill a great wish of gamers.
Garry Kitchen, known for the Atari version of the classic Donkey Kong, explains in one Press release
“With the popularity of retro video games, we saw an opportunity to create new titles for these still popular systems and it gives us all a chance to return to making games for the platforms that helped launch our careers. “
David Crane, who developed Pitfall and Ghostbusters for the Atari 2600, adds:
“For years our fans have asked us to make new games. We heard them and we decided to do just that. I’ve always said that I have as much fun making games as others play them, and the retro consoles are my favorites. “
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How can you play the upcoming Atari games?
If you still have a working Atari 2600 at home, you can buy the new games as a boxed version. The modules should work fine. The release of the games in a box is intended to bring back the feeling of buying a new Atari game from the past.
But even those who don’t own such a retro console are allowed to play. Because Audacity Games wants to enclose a download code with every game that can be used to download a digital version. This is then compatible with the emulators Stella and Retron.
This means that you can officially play the new games for the Atari 2600 on the PC via an emulator. It is not yet clear when the first titles will appear.
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What else is planned Audacity Games doesn’t just want to bring games for the Atari 2600 onto the market. There are plans to support more retro consoles. Which these are has not yet been revealed. So far it has only been said that games are planned for “a whole range of retro hardware”.
The Intellivision console from 1979 and the Colecovision from 1982 would be conceivable here.
What do you think of the idea that the 44-year-old Atari 2600 console should get new games?