Atari to Revive Star Raiders on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 in 'Early 2011' [Updated]

[Update] Originally, we incorrectly listed Star Raiders as a "downloadable" release for all platforms. It appears that the PC release will be downloadable, while there is no mention of XBLA or PSN in the trailer found after the break. Our confusion stemmed from the game's description as an "episodic storyline." We apologize for the error.

[Original Story] Atari's classic space combat sim, Star Raiders, is being revived as a current generation title for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

Born out of the Atari 2600 era, Star Raiders combined the strategic elements of galaxy map with the intense fighting of a shooter. Helming the reboot is Incinerator Studios, the former internal THQ shop behind games based on the movie Cars.

Set to launch in "early 2011," Star Raiders will retain the original concepts found in the 1979 classic but will however be bolstered by a current generation graphics, online co-op and competitive modes, and the ability to customize spaceships.

In an interview with GameSpot, Incinerator Studios president Joel Goodman revealed that Star Raiders will also feature ship transformations, "Where the combat vehicle changes its flight characteristics on the fly."

If you're interested in learning more about Star Raiders, a version of the original game is available on Microsoft's Game Room platform. Or you can just sit there quietly and wait for it to release in 2011. A trailer for the game, courtesy of GameSpot, is available after the break.

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    October 13, 2010 4:47 PM

    I don't even remember Star Raiders, but my family had it for 2600. All I remember is that paper overlay for the 3 x 4 touchpad. I guess that was the "crappy 2600 version" compared to the 400/800 version.

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      October 13, 2010 4:49 PM

      Yeah 400/800 and surprisingly, the 5200 version was VERY good

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        October 13, 2010 5:09 PM

        That's because the Atari 5200 was basically an Atari 400/800 computer minus the keyboard with a few tweaks added.

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