Gravitar: Recharged Is Atari’s Next Crack at a Retro Reimagining


Atari is continuing its endeavor to revitalize a number of its arcade classics, this time with the reimagining of space exploration game Gravitar in Gravitar: Recharged.

Gravitar: Recharged is a remake of the original 1982 Gravitar, an arcade title that took the "rotate-and-thrust" controls from games like Asteroids and applied them to control of a tiny spacecraft exploring a solar system. Players navigate to a planet, and then must destroy bunkers on said planet while being fired upon and fighting against the pull of gravity. In its time, Gravitar was notorious for its extreme difficulty.

This remake joins a number of other games in the Recharged series that Atari has been using to bring back its arcade classics, including Breakout, Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command. This version includes 24 missions, and allows for cooperative play as well.

Gravitar: Recharged is planned for release in May of this year on Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, Atari VCS, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. The news follows closely after Atari unveiled its first original game in years, Kombinera, as the retro company pushes for revitalization of its brand in the modern era.

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