Atari buys rights to 100 classic games

Atari upgrades its games catalog with over a hundred classic retro games originally released in the 80’s and 90’s. The package includes titles from Accolade, Infogrames and Microprose studios, the game company said. The series “Bubsy”, “Hardball”, “Demolition Racer” and “1942: Pacific Air War” are specifically named. Atari has not published a complete list of games.

“Many of these titles are part of Atari history,” company boss Wade Rosen said in a press release. Fans could expect many of these games to be sold new, both as download and disc versions. “In some cases, these games are even ported to modern consoles,” Rosen writes.

Atari was once one of the largest gaming companies in the world, but has long since lost touch with the top. The game company apparently sees its future in the nostalgia business: Atari wants to make a profit from its catalogue, which includes numerous classic games. The retro titles are not only to be re-released, but could also serve as a template or eponym for new developments.

This Atari strategy has already emerged in the past year. The company released a games collection called “Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration” for its 50th birthday, which included 90 games – titles originally released for Atari consoles such as the Arcade, 2600, 5200, 7800, Lynx and Jaguar.

In addition to the games, the collection includes digital documents and developer interviews. The content is structured around a timeline from which you should be able to jump directly to the games. This collection was worth it, said Atari boss Rosen in an interview with the US medium Axios: Of all the Atari releases from last year, the Anniversary Collection was the most successful.


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