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February 12, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Atari's Asteroids: Outpost lets you play Missile Command on an asteroid in an open world survival game

Atari's Asteroids Outpost logo Atari seems adamant about using their Golden Age IPs for a wide variety of projects as seen in their recent Jackpots casino game with loose tie-ins to several classic Atari titles.

Atari's Asteroids: Outpost as a 2600 cart Asteroids Outpost takes place on an asteroid. As a miner/colonist your goal is to survive, solve challenges, and expand your territory by building bases. Occasionally, there are small asteroid showers which you must shoot in order to gain their resources. This appears to be the tie-in to 1979's top-down shooter.

From Atari:
Set in the distant future, Asteroids: Outpost thrusts players into a harsh deep space environment. 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 customized bases - all while forming alliances and fighting off other players in challenging multiplayer gameplay. 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.

This game's delivery is "coming soon", so we'll have to wait to see how it plays. Atari is calling it a "bold re-imagining" of the original game. This seems so departed from the old arcade game, that I'm not sure the term "reboot" even applies. Atari CEO Fred Chesnais said in a press release, that Asteroids: Outpost will appeal to both fans of the classic Asteroids as well as enthusiasts of immersive survival games and expansive MMOs. Time will tell...

Atari's Asteroids: Outpost concept art

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