Published on May 1st, 2021 | by Adrian Gunning
Spring Has Sprung: Atari Sheds Light on Budding New Atari VCS Titles
Atari is pleased to support up-and-coming and popular titles from indie video game developers and highlight some additional titles coming to the Atari VCS PC/console hybrid this spring. Prepare to revisit retro games from decades past, along with new titles that transport you to a time when big hair, punk rock, and parachute pants were all the rage.
Set in a “futuristic” timeline, you’ll need to help save all of humanity and stop a deadly virus from escaping in D/Generation. If you’re a fan of big guns and zooming around the skies on a stylish jetboard, check out Jetboard Joust. Battle against your friends as you blast them with weapons from your rocketship in Utopos. If retro-style games with a twist are your jam, you’ll find a new favorite title to play solo or against friends on the Atari VCS.
Read more about the games featured below:
D/Generation (West Coast Software Limited / Available Now)
Enhanced with improved graphics by West Coast Software Limited, D/Generation is a retro action-adventure game set in the future (technically, 2021) that requires you to save all of humanity — no biggie, right? A deadly virus has escaped at Genoq headquarters in London, and your mission is to travel up a 90-story-tall HQ skyscraper to deliver a package to Derrida, the lead scientist working on bioweapon research. Focus on your task at hand or assist others along the way as you work to stop the mutagenic contagion from escaping the building.
D/Generation trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1SXOt7Xv1A
Jetboard Joust (Bitbull LTD / Available Now)
Developers Bitbull LTD blend the spirit and intensity of arcade coin-ops SHMUPs from the ‘80s with the tactical elements and replayability of hardcore modern roguelikes. For fans of action, big guns, and fast and frenetic gameplay, Jetboard Joust delivers on all counts. Hop on a stylized jetboard as you take to the skies, blasting alien invaders with a variety of weapons and battle against massive, unrelenting bosses.
Jetboard Joust trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgrctGL76y4
Utopos (Jani Penttinen / Available Now)
Returning to the spotlight after its original launch in 1993 by developer Jani Penttinen, Utopos is a multiplayer spaceship arena fighting game where you’ll battle against others in the ultimate rocketship fighting championship. Utopos is a colonized world on the Asteroid Belt where humans have found that rocketship fights provide endless entertainment. Select your weapons and ship, and fight against your friends or AI-controlled opponents.
Utopos trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syigCFxhrYI
The Atari VCS pre-launched to early-adopters in December 2020, with pre-order fulfillment and general retail availability to follow in Spring 2021. The Atari VCS lineup of video computer systems, bundles, and peripherals are available for preorder at GameStop.com and AtariVCS.com at discounted pre-order pricing. The Atari VCS 800 (8GB) Onyx Base system will retail for just $299.99 USD, while Atari VCS 800 “All-In” system bundles include the Atari VCS Classic Joystick (available separately for $59.99) and Atari VCS Modern Controller ($59.99) for $399.99 USD. The Atari VCS Classic Joystick and Modern Controllers were created in partnership with PowerA.