Atari unveils Pixel Ripped 1978 art from Tim Lapetino and Phil Noto

The game will give players the opportunity to journey back to the golden age of home entertainment, with art from Tim Lapetino and Phil Noto.


In the upcoming VR adventure game Pixel Ripped 1978, players will be able to journey back to the golden age of home entertainment, travel between dimensions, and play games within games. In an exciting announcement from Atari and developer ARVORE, it was recently revealed that new game art for Pixel Ripped 1978 was created by none other than "Art of Atari" author Tim Lapetino and NYT best-selling illustrator Phil Noto.

In an accompanying press release, the official game art reveal for Pixel Ripped 1978 was detailed as follows:

New retro style key art for Pixel Ripped 1978 from artists Phil Noto and Tim Lapetino
© Atari, ARVORE

For Atari fans, Pixel Ripped 1978 sounds like a must-play as it’s not only set within Atari’s pivotal years, but it even gives players the opportunity to explore Atari headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. It’s noted that in Pixel Ripped 1978’s alternate reality, the Pixel Ripped franchise was among Atari’s earliest video game prototypes.

Adding to this narrative, artist Tim Lapetino brought on Phil Noto to help illustrate the game’s key art in his signature painterly style with the end result being a nostalgic call-back to Atari’s classic box art designs.

"In the '70s and 1980s, Atari used dynamic artwork on packaging, game cartridges, and advertising to communicate the fun and energy of those emerging home video games. Each Atari title came wrapped in a beautiful, hand-drawn bit of storytelling that bridged the gap between joystick reality and the electronic worlds within,” said Tim Lapetino.

Screenshot from Pixel Ripped 1978 showing the player in classic Atari headquarters in front of retro style computers
© Atari, ARVORE

If the latest news about Pixel Ripped 1978’s art has you hyped to play the game, you’ll be happy to hear it’s set to release later this summer on PS5, PS VR2, PC, and Meta Quest 2. To learn more about the game, be sure to check out the game’s official website, and follow Atari on social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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