Since its inception in 1972, Atari has become the ur-videogame titan, the first developer to cause a vidya-related international incident and the driving force behind the infamous video game crash of the 80’s. Their titles became the driving force that shaped gaming as we know it today, but let’s face it: they didn’t exactly age all that well. Which is why the legendary developer has recently gone ahead to announce that they are bringing back their classics in one tight bundle and revamped, just for the PC.
The classic videogame mega-package is called the Atari Vault and will feature 100 classic Atari games, including Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Tempest and Warlord. The company even went so far as to announce that the games will receive a range of upgrades and changes to the originals’ user interface.
The Vault‘s games will range across the entire spectrum of the 2600 and 5200 consoles, but it’s the ‘upgrades’ bit that has us squinting our eyes in suspicion. What will those changes entail, exactly? Will those be game-changing alterations to the gameplay, to account for the changing tastes in today’s gaming crowd or will those just be the usual, run-of-the-mill static GUI that we’ve seen in other revamped retro collections, like the recent Rare Replay? So far, Atari have promised that the games will feature Steam Controller support, as well as LAN and Online Multiplayer options where appropriate, so we are guessing that they at least deserve some praise for their effort.
However, the lack of Pitfall and Breakout (among many other famous titles) will mean that the collection will feature a whole lot of padding, just to crunch the numbers and that the company will attempt to push a secone Atari Vault before long. Then again, this could just be regular, unfounded nerd cynicism.