Atari’s bringing Asteroids back…as an MMO?

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Remember Atari’s classic arcade game Asteroids. Yes, the one that features a little vector ship going about shooting at and breaking up space blocks? Well it’s coming back. Atari’s rebooting the franchise. So what’s it going to be? A Space shooter in the vein of Elite or Star Citizen? An arcade space shooter? It has to be about dudes in spaceships shooting at asteroids right? It has to be! Nope. Asteroids is coming back as an open-world survival MMO. You can’t make this stuff up.

Called Asteroids: Outpost, the brand new, PC-exclusive MMO has you playing as a miner trying to survive on an asteroid.

“Asteroids: Outpost reinvents the classic Atari title as an open-world, sandbox-style, survival experience, where players mine, build and defend their base and grow their fortune as they go ‘from rocks to riches,'” Atari said in an announcement. “While on a massive, unforgiving asteroid, players face the challenges of exploring the asteroid, collecting resources, scavenging for ore, crafting equipment, and expanding their territory as they build highly customised bases – all while forming alliances and fighting off other players in challenging multiplayer gameplay.”

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Beyond being set on an asteroid, there’s very little this game has to do with them, or the arcade classic. More of a survival MMO in the vein of DayZ, it has the tiniest, most tenuous link to its forebear: “Recurring showers of smaller asteroids represent a source of wealth and a threat as players shoot down these incoming projectiles to defend their claims and harvest their components.”

Why does this even have the Asteroids name attached to it?

“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,” said Atari CEO Fred Chesnais . “Asteroids: Outpost will appeal to both fans of the classic Asteroids as well as enthusiasts of immersive survival games and expansive MMOs.”

Okay then.

Last Updated: February 11, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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