One thing unusual has been occurring at Atari in recent times: Below CEO Wade Rosen, who’s held that place since April 2021, Atari has overseen some good re-imaginings of its outdated titles, culminating in a fiftieth anniversary game smooshing collectively components of the corporate’s historical past that was fairly nice.

Atari has now introduced through press launch it is acquired “greater than 100 PC and console titles from the Eighties and Nineties.” The video games appear to be largely from the again catalogues of three publishers: Accolade, Infogrames and Microprose. Included amongst them are video games from the Bubsy the Bobcat collection, Hardball, Demolition Racer, and the 1942: Pacific Air Conflict, F-117A, and F-14 air fight collection. Following the acquisition Atari goes to look to re-release sure of those titles, promote merch, and most significantly “create new video games based mostly on the IP.”

“This can be a deep catalog that features groundbreaking and award-winning titles from Accolade, Infogrames and Microprose,” stated Atari CEO Wade Rosen. “Many of those titles are part of Atari historical past, and followers can stay up for seeing many of those video games re-released in bodily and digital codecs, and in some instances, even ported to fashionable consoles.”

As a part of the deal Atari’s additionally acquired the Accolade and GTI manufacturers, the previous of which particularly makes me fairly nostalgic: Accolade was a giant participant in video games publishing till it went down in 2000. This follows sizzling on the heels of final month’s announcement of the acquisition of the (up to now wonderful) Nightdive Studios, which may pretty be referred to as a retro specialist studio, and the acquisition of the basic Berzerk game.

“There’s been a number of disappointment with Atari for a very long time, and me saying that issues are going to be completely different is not going to vary that,” stated Rosen in a current interview with Axios. “I simply ask that folks simply proceed to observe what we do and simply let the actions of the corporate within the coming years hopefully converse for themselves.”

For the primary time in a long time, the fashionable type of the corporate (the unique Atari being long-defunct) is definitely producing some first rate merchandise. It is not all been unbelievable: The corporate’s reborn VCS {hardware} appears the half, however is fairly underpowered for what you are paying. The curiosity in NFTs and the blockchain stays sturdy, with the corporate having an entire division devoted to those applied sciences. However as somebody who’s watched Atari stumble by varied zombie phases where it appeared extra like a t-shirt firm than the gaming large it as soon as was, for the primary time in endlessly it appears like Atari has one thing to supply, notably with retro video games.

I am unsure that what the world wants right now’s a Bubsy 3D re-release, thoughts you, however it appears like Atari’s current concentrate on re-releasing basic titles in appropriately good situation will proceed, and that may solely be a very good factor. This can be a firm with an unimaginable heritage (and one which goes far past its Seventies heyday) and, whereas it is unlikely to be competing on the high once more anytime quickly, a video games trade with a powerful Atari will probably be all of the richer for it.