Atari Announces Tempest 4000, Sequel to the Legendary Psychedelic Arcade Game Tempest

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Atari is resurrecting one of the most badass arcade games ever made, known for its psychedelic visuals and world-renowned soundtrack. Get ready, because Tempest 4000 is coming! This is not a joke. Atari just announced that the return of Tempest is coming this holiday season, and legendary game designer Jeff Minter is at the helm. This is getting done the right way, and we're so excited to get our hands on this one.

"Just as in the original game, players are once again in control of the Claw, a powerful spacecraft equipped to destroy deadly creatures and other obstructions with rapid-fire shots on vibrant geometric prisms. With three game modes to choose from and 100 levels to conquer, players must eliminate all enemies as quickly as possible to survive, aiming for the coveted spot at the top of the leaderboards."

The press release mentions that Tempest 4000 will hit current generation consoles and PC this holiday season, but there's no mention of the Ataribox. Will Tempest get revived on an actual Atari console? We can only hope, but for now the official platform spread remains vague. Still, this is going to be worth picking up and devouring -- trust us.

“At the end of the day, video gamers always win,” said Jeff Minter, Executive Producer of Tempest 4000 and founder of Llamasoft. “I am very happy to work with Atari again to bring a long-awaited sequel of Tempest to our legion of fans and a new generation of gamers worldwide.”

Game Features:

  • Arcade Style Shooter: Blast down hordes of enemies in this fast-paced arcade style shoot ‘em up.
  • Unparalleled Graphics: Experience Tempest 4000’s mind-blowing graphics in beautiful 4K resolution.

  • Multiple Game Modes: Pick from three different game modes including Standard, Pure and Endurance that will push your skills to the limit.

  • Level Up: Progress and clear through 100 unique geometric levels by destroying enemies with various weapons and power-ups, and earn upgrades through bonus rounds.

  • Climb to the Top of the Leaderboards: Post your high score in your quest to be recognized as number one on the leaderboards.

  • Retro Techno Soundtrack: Enjoy the beats of a thumping soundtrack inspired by early 1990’s techno.

  • Old School Gameplay: Feeling nostalgic? Relive the traditional gameplay of the original Tempest with enhanced graphics on current generation consoles.

We'll have more on this one soon, folks, so stay tuned to WWG!