Atari and Jeff Minter Announce Tempest 4000

Atari has announced Tempest 4000.

The game is a follow-up to the classic psychedelic shooter Tempest 2000, and it’s being helmed by its original creator, the enigmatic British developer Jeff Minter.

Atari is poising the sequel as “visually stunning” and “action-packed,” and it’s set for a release on “current generation consoles and PC” sometime this holiday.

Here’s a rundown on the game, via Atari:


Developed by legendary game designer Jeff Minter, Tempest 4000 remains faithful to the original fast-paced gameplay while adding exciting new features and gorgeous graphics for audiences on the most popular contemporary platforms.

The original Tempest, one of the first video games to use 3D vector graphics, represents one of Atari’s hallmark titles and is considered one of the most popular arcade games of all time. It has been featured prominently across pop culture – including in Ernest Cline’s dystopian Ready Player One novel.

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.

Key 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.
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  • wombat

    Should be atari box exclusive :P

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Shouldn’t they be working on some exclusives for their upcoming new system?

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    Yeah totally diggin’ the notion. Went to the Coleco Expo over the weekend. This would’ve made a big splash there. Missed opportunity. That said, 16-bit Robotech and Rainbow Brite are coming to proprietary Coleco mini (mini mini) arcade cabinets.

  • Heresy Hammer

    What year is it ?

  • PaRaLLaXTHeTiCS

    4000. Duh.

  • sAy_YaS

    No gameplay video or even a screenshot??? Cmon Atari…

  • TheOnceAndFutureKing
  • SinkingSage

    I love Tempest 2000 and the fan remake, Typhoon 2001.
    Excited for this.

  • csgardner

    From Jeff Minter’s twitter it appears that it’s (unsurprisingly) closely based on TxK. They always planned to enhance the console versions of TxK, but now they got a little extra money to add new stuff and polish. It’s planned for release on PC, XboxO, and PS4.

    I’m just glad Atari pulled their head out and realized getting money is better than throwing tantrums. It’s a day One purchase for me.