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Atari Reveals Asteroids: Outpost, an Open World, Multiplayer, Survival Sandbox Reboot

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Atari has revealed Asteroids: Outpost, a completely new take on the 35-year old series that has this fan somewhat perplexed. You see, Asteroids: Outpost isn’t a space shooter that we’ve grown up with throughout the years – it’s an open world, sandbox survival game.

Currently in development by Salty Games, Asteroids: Outpost is a game where players will be tasked with mining, building, and ultimately defending a base of their own. Atari poises the entire process as going “from rocks to riches,” while maintaining that it is a survival game. You start off on a giant asteroid, upon which you have to accumulate resources, make gear, and build your own base.

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You’ll also have to build up your own armaments to defend yourself against assailants, as well as other players. Despite having a clear focus on base building, Atari says that you’ll also be able to manually shoot down asteroids, which serves both defensive and resource-gathering purposes.

Asteroids is one of the most iconic titles in Atari’s portfolio of more than 200 games and franchises, and we’re looking forward to ushering the game into today’s digital gaming era,” Atari CEO Fred Chesnais said in a release. “We’re paying homage to the originalAsteroids by incorporating classic features such as asteroid blasting capabilities, while introducing a completely new premise and gameplay. Asteroids: Outpost will appeal to both fans of the classic Asteroids as well as enthusiasts of immersive survival games and expansive MMOs.”

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Here are the game’s key features:

Mankind has expanded its reach into the distant corners of the solar system. Near-space vessels, heavy industry on the moon and thriving colonies on Mars extend humanity’s empire into the great blackness of space.

With the earth’s mines nearly spent, industrialists rely on the wealth of the heavens. Our solar system’s massive Asteroid Belt is a mother lode of resources, just waiting to be torn free and shipped home. “The Belt” is the humanity’s newest frontier, as wild and untamed as any that man has faced.

Ambitious prospectors blast off with little more than an Outpost Module and a Mining Tool, to tear the hide off these asteroids and find their fortunes. This bonanza doesn’t come without risks. Mere survival is a daily struggle. Asteroid storms bombard the surface, destroying Outposts, and hostile claim jumpers can appear at any moment.

  • Explore: A massive asteroid full of precious ores, abandoned mines and interplanetary intrigue.
  • Extract: Shoot down smaller asteroids and harvest their precious components.
  • Expand: Build your base and improve your suit to command an ever greater territory.
  • Exploit: Forge alliances with other players to protect your claim… Or jump someone else’s.

While a release date wasn’t specified, Atari said the reboot will come to Steam Early Access “soon.”

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11 comments
  1. NathanEH
    NathanEH
    February 13, 2015 at 12:09 am

    Even though that premise sounds closer to a Missile Command reboot, I’ll be okay with this if the game is good.

  2. sanic
    sanic
    February 13, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Yeah I remember playing asteroid on my atari 2600 and I was like “this could only be better as a open world multiplayer online game on my 12.6k modem”

    Wonder if they’ll add the original asteroids in game.

  3. Misogynerd
    Misogynerd
    February 13, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Hopefully we’ll have an early access zombie crafting survival installment of Centipede.

  4. Doc Hammer
    Doc Hammer
    February 13, 2015 at 2:43 am

    While this game sounds cool, does the Asteroids brand really factor positively into its success here? I don’t really understand the reasoning behind that decision.

  5. JackDandy
    JackDandy
    February 13, 2015 at 2:45 am

    What the heck? Weird.

    But then again, last time I remember Atari went “Weird” with a reboot, we got Battlezone which was absolutely fucking awesome, no matter how different from the original it was.

    Might not be the same case here, but still sounds interesting!

  6. NuclearKangaroo
    NuclearKangaroo
    February 13, 2015 at 3:14 am

    the idea doesnt sound that bad, i just dont understand why slap the asteroids name on it

  7. csgardner
    csgardner
    February 13, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Because they get free publicity from it, of course

  8. Neojames82
    Neojames82
    February 13, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I loved the Battlezone reboot for sure…but this…this reeks of listening to a marketing staff than actual game design….

  9. Tromboner
    Tromboner
    February 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I just want to blow up some damn asteroids

  10. Fenrir7
    Fenrir7
    February 13, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    This actually sounds kinda cool. Hopefully we’ll see some gameplay soon.

  11. PROXY
    PROXY
    February 16, 2015 at 12:54 am

    My impression of this: