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Minimum is back, features Titans in mech-on-mech battles

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Minimum is back, features Titans in mech-on-mech battles

Minimum is back. Originally announced as a free-to-play shooter by Section 8 developer TimeGate Studios, it's now in the works at Human Head--the studio that worked on the what-ever-happened-to-it Prey 2. Like the original concept, Minimum has two teams fight against each other, each equipped with a gigantic robot Titan.

Watch: Robot-on-robot crafting action »

"Yet somehow its the nicest looking placeholder art ive ever seen...."
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Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile launched

Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile launched

The much-maligned Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 has launched on the App Store. While it carries an initial price tag of $3, it's very much designed as a free-to-play game, with numerous in-game currencies like tickets, coins, and a countdown timer. The initial purchase includes $5 worth of in-game money.

Watch: How far can you go without buying something? »

"This looks FUCKING HORRIBLE. No entrance/exits, no queues, no pricing, no ride charts, no R&D, ..."
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Microsoft invites you to join them at a landfill (to find E.T.)

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Microsoft invites you to join them at a landfill (to find E.T.)

This is probably one of the weirdest video gaming invites you'll ever receive. Microsoft wants gamers to join them in New Mexico. At a landfill. But wait! There's a good reason for that.

Urban legend says that Atari got rid of millions of copies of E.T., the notoriously-terrible game that served as an icon for the death of the games industry in the 80s. But is it true? A new documentary commissioned by Microsoft is going to find out.

Read more: How to attend »

"Maybe they will find another landfill filled with Kinect ... "
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Gauntlet preview: dungeon party

Gauntlet preview: dungeon party

80s dungeon crawling classic Gauntlet is coming back this summer with a new game developed by Arrowhead, best known for their work on Magicka.

Like the original, the update features four characters: the Elf, the Valkyrie, the Wizard, and the Warrior. The group must set out to clear dungeons from evil monsters, from skeletons to fire-spitting demons to death itself. Along the way, they'll use their various weapons to solve puzzles and break open objects to collect loot, which they can use to resurrect themselves once their life has run out.

Read more: Warrior needs food badly »

"Needs a little bit more color and less brown dark stuff, but still excited. Gauntlet is coming back!"
- Kolzig73    See all 22 comments


RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 also coming to PC, will be 'completely different'

Related Topics – Atari, PC, RollerCoaster Tycoon Series, On5
RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 also coming to PC, will be 'completely different'

Gamers were none too happy when Atari announced RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 as a mobile game. Following the backlash, Atari went to Twitter to confirm that, yes, a PC game is also in the works. And it will be "completely different" from the mobile game.

Read more: Mobile game will be free-to-play inspired »

"Heh, seeing this headline makes me think of John Cleese saying, "And now for something... ..."
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RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 announced, is a mobile game

RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 announced, is a mobile game

It's been nearly a decade since the last numbered RollerCoaster Tycoon game was released. Today, Atari has announced RollerCoaster Tycoon 4--and it's a mobile game for iDevices.

Developed by On5, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile has been "reimagined" and will offer social features, leaderboards, and achievements. According to Atari, the game will offer 20 pre-designed coasters, as well as numerous attractions and features for customization. Coaster blueprints can be shared via Facebook and Game Center support.

Watch: The debut trailer »

"Pours a 40 out into the gutter. G'bye RCT. I'll always remember the fun times I had launching ..."
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TItanfall Arcade remixes Asteroids and other Atari classics

TItanfall Arcade remixes Asteroids and other Atari classics

We're not entirely sure what classic arcade game Asteroids has to do with Titanfall, but it's one of three games to be showcased in the newly launched Titanfall Arcade. Two more Atari games will join the lineup soon: Missile Commando and Centipede.

Read more: '8-Bit is better with a Titan' »

"Can you play these in the cockpit of your Titan as the systems software updates itself?"
- Gwyndion    See all 2 comments


Total Annihilation, Star Control, Master of Orion IPs sold off at Atari auction

Total Annihilation, Star Control, Master of Orion IPs sold off at Atari auction

Atari has auctioned off several of its prominent video game assets, and if everything is approved by a New York bankruptcy court on Wednesday, popular franchises such as Total Annihilation, Master of Orion, Star Control and Battlezone will have new homes.

Read more: Wargaming, Rebellion, Stardock all bid on IPs »

"both were amazing. Great floaty tank driving to go with the rtsing, sneaky unit sniping etc."
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Outcast 'revival' coming as creators buy IP

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Outcast 'revival' coming as creators buy IP

With the crowdfunding boom sparking reboots and 'spiritual successors' all over the place, we live in interesting times for forgotten classics. Voxelicious open-world explore-a-shooter Outcast is the latest revenant to rise, as the founders of developer Appeal have bought the intellectual property off Atari.

Watch: A weird alien world »

"Great to hear! I hope that the follow-up will also have voxel terrain, and that it will again ..."
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Silver and Desperados IP bought by Nordic Games

Silver and Desperados IP bought by Nordic Games

"When will they make a new System Shock?" you ask, sticky little hands tugging at my hem. "I want a new F-Zero. Where's my new No One Lives Forever? What happened to Desperados and Silver?" I stop you there, because curiously someone's showing interest in those last two.

Publisher Nordic Games today announced it has closed a deal with Atari to buy the rights to cowboy tactics 'em up series Desperados and action-RPG Silver.

Read more: Considering new sequels »

"Yer the first Desperados was great, loved that game. Still need to finish it again, bought it ..."
- WootheDave    See all 8 comments


Documentary film to exhume Atari graveyard

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Documentary film to exhume Atari graveyard

If you've been following video games for long enough, you've probably heard the tale of the Atari landfill. Following the video game crash of the early 1980s, a New Mexico newspaper and the New York Times reported that truckloads of Atari hardware were dumped in a landfill. That purportedly included a few million copies of the infamously bad "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial." Now thirty years later, a film crew plans to dig it all up.

Read more: Excavation in next six months »

"I beat this too back in the day. Was frustrating as hell, but most atari games were... "
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Atari to auction off game assets in July

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Atari to auction off game assets in July

Atari reportedly plans to put its intellectual properties up at auction in July, having failed to find a buyer after declaring bankruptcy. The auctions will include the Atari name itself, and franchises like RollerCoaster Tycoon and Test Drive.

Read more: $22.2 million total »

"D'oh, if only I had won that Powerball then I could have bought the whole thing. lol"
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Atari files for bankruptcy, to sell logo and IPs

Related Topics – Atari, Infogrames
Atari files for bankruptcy, to sell logo and IPs

Iconic game publisher Atari US filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today in an effort to separate from its struggling French parent, Atari SA, formerly known as Infogrames. The move means that Atari will end up selling off its logo and many of the classic titles, such as Pong, Centipede, Asteroids and Tempest.

Read more: Focus on mobile and digital »

"It sure would be great to see the name Atari mean something again."
- Endymion_    See all 8 comments


Atari has closed Test Drive Unlimited dev Eden [update]

Atari has closed Test Drive Unlimited dev Eden [update]

Update: Atari has provided Shacknews with a statement, saying that Eden Games is not closed. However, the company does confirm that it has "divested" from the studio: "Our earnings statement contained a report about the divestment of Eden Studios. We want to make it clear that the studio has not closed and that we will continue to support the console and PC games of Eden Studios, notably Test Drive Unlimited 2, while this process is underway. The divestment is in line with our previously stated strategy of exploiting our popular intellectual property library on mobile devices, where he have seen strong initial success, and via online games and licensing."

Original Story: Test Drive Unlimited developer Eden Games was as good as dead after owner Atari laid off most of the staff last year, but now it's official. In its financial results for last year, filed this week, the publisher confirmed it's been selling off what assets remain.

Read more: TDU2 was received poorly »

"I got it in a steam sale and found it pretty enjoyable for what I paid. Much like train ..."
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Atari targeting iOS app developers with copyright infringement claims

Atari targeting iOS app developers with copyright infringement claims

Black Powder Media, maker of such iOS games as Vector Tanks and Vector Tanks Extreme, recently had both games unceremoniously pulled from Apple's App Store after mainstream publisher Atari reportedly filed a copyright infringement claim. A cursory look at games in the Vector Tanks series reveal games that bear some visual resemblance to Battlezone, an arcade-cabinet offering released by Atari in 1980.

Read more: The Case of the Vanishing Apps »

"I have a hard time feeling bad for flash-ripoff glitter artists."
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