Industry Legend Atari Is Publishing A New VR Game

Pixel Ripped 1978 arrives this summer on VR headsets like Quest and PS VR2.

It’s no exaggeration to say that without Atari, the modern video game industry wouldn’t be what it is today. Founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, the iconic interactive entertainment company lead the electronic gaming market from 1975 to the 1980s, producing hit products like Pong and the Atari 2600 home game console just to name a few.

Now the company is dipping its toes into the VR market. This week the company announced that it is partnering with VR developer ARVORE (Pixel Ripped, YUKI) to launch Pixel Ripped 1978, the latest installment in the popular Pixel Ripped series.

In Pixel Ripped 1978, you’ll step into the role of the game’s protagonist, Bug, and embark on a retro-inspired adventure set during “the very genesis of gaming.” Along the way, you’ll learn more about the early days of Atari while uncovering “multi-layered” Atari easter eggs. Similar to its predecessors, the game promises a unique mashup of classic video game elements and modern VR technology.

Pixel Ripped 1978 is an exciting blend of old and new, presented with the latest advancements in VR technology, it ushers in something totally new for Atari,” said Atari CEO Wade Rosen in an official release. “Working with such an experienced VR studio as ARVORE has been a joy, and we’re confident that Pixel Ripped 1978 will be appreciated by the fans of Pixel Ripped and introduce the franchise to the broader Atari community.”

Credit: Atari, ARVORE

“We have always paid homage to our favorite games from the past in this series, but now in Pixel Ripped 1978, thanks to our partnership with Atari, we can actually reference the fantastic games and consoles from that era,” added ARVORE CEO Ricardo Justus. “I’m incredibly proud of what the team is creating and can’t wait to have fans and newcomers to the series alike be able to play it!”

Pixel Ripped 1978 will launch this summer on Meta Quest, PlayStation VR2, and PC. For more information visit the official website.

Feature Image Credit: Atari, ARVORE

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