Atari has introduced a brand new initiative that may see never-released video games lastly making it into the fingers of collectors and gaming fanatics. Named Atari XP, it’s a assortment of video games that Atari developed however didn’t launch on the traditional Atari 2600 console or have been launched in very restricted numbers. The primary tranche contains three sought-after titles together with Yar’s Return, Aquaventure, and Saboteur. The three video games can be found in two classes: normal and restricted version.
Atari stated the Customary Version of the video games comes with their respective cartridge whereas the restricted version provides a wide range of further perks, which embody a classic-style recreation field, instruction handbook, poster, and hardcover artwork ebook. There will likely be 1,983 copies of the restricted version in homage to the initially supposed launch 12 months for all three video games. Oddly, Atari is releasing only one,500 normal version cartridges.
The developer stated in a statement that each of the limited edition games will be priced at $149.99 (Rs. 11,135) and will be exclusively available on AtariXP.com. The standard edition cartridges will cost $49.99 (Rs. 3,711) each.
“With our large catalog of classic games, we saw an opportunity to bring high-value, nostalgic, content to the very active community of hardcore Atari fans, collectors, and video game enthusiasts,” said Atari CEO, Wade Rosen. “We are confident that fans and collectors alike will be thoroughly impressed with Atari’s reemergence into cartridge production.”
The three games are just the first of many planned to release through Atari XP, according to the company. The developer has promised future drops, which will include “rare-and-hard-to-find Atari IP physical media, and improved versions of classic games.” No more details of these future releases were made available.
Atari, which was founded in 1972, is making a concerted push to re-establish itself as a gaming industry powerhouse. It said it expects to deliver the standard cartridge bookings made until December 10 by Christmas this year, and the limited edition cartridges are likely to be shipped in the first quarter of next year.