Atari has announced a new program that will put never-before-released games in the hands of collectors and gaming enthusiasts. Called Atari XP, it was a series of games developed by Atari but not released or released in very limited numbers on the classic Atari 2600 console.The first part includes three sought-after titles, including Yar Returns, Waterworld Adventure Park, and spoiler. The three games are divided into two categories: Standard Edition and Limited Edition.
Atari says the standard edition games come with their own cartridges, while the limited editions come with a variety of perks, including classic-style game cartridges, instruction manuals, posters, and a hardcover art book. A limited edition of 1,983 copies will be released, paying homage to the original release years of all three games. Curiously, Atari only released 1,500 standard-edition cartridges.
Each limited-edition game will be priced at $149.99 (Rs 11,135) and will be available exclusively on AtariXP.com, the developer said in a statement. Standard ink cartridges are priced at $49.99 (Rs. 3,711) each.
“With our vast catalog of classic games, we saw an opportunity to bring high-value, nostalgic content to a very active community of hardcore Atari fans, collectors and video game enthusiasts,” said Atari CEO Wade Rosen said. “We believe that Atari’s re-entry into cartridge production will impress fans and collectors.”
three games According to the company, this is just the first of many products planned for release with the Atari XP. The developers have promised future drops, which will include “rare and hard-to-find Atari IP physical media, as well as improved versions of classic games”. No further details on these future releases were provided.
Founded in 1972, Atari is making a concerted effort to re-establish itself as a giant in the gaming industry. The company said it expects to deliver pre-orders for standard cartridges by December 10 this year, with limited-edition cartridges likely to ship in the first quarter of next year.