'Atari Vault' bundle featuring 100 classic games is coming to Steam

By Shawn Knight
Jan 22, 2016
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  1. Atari has revealed plans to release 100 of its most popular games in a Steam bundle called Atari Vault. The iconic company isn't just porting the titles over and calling it a day as they're adding a wealth of new features and capabilities for the modern era.

    While we don't yet know the full rundown of games, Atari said the bundle will include favorites like Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Tempest and Warlords. Competitive gamers will be able to compete directly with others via online and local multiplayer (when applicable) and utilize Steam Leaderboards for bragging rights.

    Games will feature a modern interface and as a Steam offering, they'll also be compatible with Valve's own Steam Controller. This could be quite compelling if done right as several older Atari games utilized a trackball controller (the Steam Controller can mimic the feel of a trackball rather well). The original '70s and '80s soundtracks will remain unchanged, we're told.

    The bundle is currently being developed by Code Mystics and is set to launch this spring. No word yet on pricing or which other games the bundle will include.

    If you happen to be attending PAX South this year (January 29-31 in San Antonio), you can schedule a meeting with Atari to check out Atari Vault as well as Pridefest for iOS and RollerCoaster Tycoon World for PC.

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Until then, no comment. And even then I'd like to know the price as well.
  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,531   +836

    Im sure ill get roasted for this, but just because games are "classics" doesnt mean they are good games in comparison to ALOT of titles from the last 15 years. no one will pay 30-60 for this. maybe 5-10, and even then uncertain.
    Uncle Al, Skidmarksdeluxe and veLa like this.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Not by me, I agree with ya.
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  5. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 701   +164

    No I completely agree. Imagine how annoying it would be to have another 100 games in your steam library in addition to the huge amount many of us have acquired over the years.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Ohh God! I hope they are integrated into one install, where they are launched from their own menu. If not, I will pass on them for sure.
    Uncle Al likes this.
  7. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +90

    Yeah I was not impressed with the 3drealms Anthology installing every game separately.
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,347   +1,944

    I cut my teeth playing games like these, it was fun at the time but I can't imagine playing them today. I won't be taking any further interest them even if they were to give them away for free.
  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,527   +688

    Let's see .... asteroid and ....... nope, I think that's about it. $1, maybe $2 max ...
  10. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Member Posts: 32   +14

    Does not say if they are porting the 2600 versions of the games or the Arcade versions.

    Nope on the 2600 versions.
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,467   +1,760

    Unfortunately, "Galaxian", one of the very best 2600 games, is not an Atari property. (A more elaborate version of, "Space Invaders", with better graphics).

    This is at least a second try for the re-release of this material. I have these games on CD for the PC.

    "Breakout", used to be fun but, the yaw axis of a standard joystick wouldn't come close to effectively emulating Atari's rotary, "paddle controller".

    "Defender", (my pretty much favorite), wasn't included in the package.

    Their Chess program was the absolute most obnoxious offering in the catalog. While the computer "thought about" its impending move, your TV screen flashed solid color panels. This effect was included in the PC release, and only god knows what the mentality behind that was.

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