Yars: Recharged is the latest entry in Atari’s line of ‘recharged’ retro remakes.
Following recent remakes of Breakout, Asteroids, and Centipede, Atari is digging into its back catalogue once more to give another retro favourite a modern makeover.
This time developers Adamvision Studios and SneakyBox are giving 1982 classic Yars’ Revenge a visual and gameplay revamp. Atari says the new game ‘extends the legacy of this iconic franchise and gives fans an opportunity to experience an expanded, modern take on the concepts introduced by the original”.
The game features local co-op modes plus a new soundtrack from award-winning artist and composer Megan McDuffee.
Breakout: Recharged was a solid update of a childhood classic, and this looks to be more of the same. With Atari 50th: The Anniversary Celebration set to be one of the best retro compilations ever made, could it be that we’re seeing a gradual restoration of the Atari name?
Yars: Recharged is also fun to say out loud. Give it a go.
Here’s how Atari describes the updated game:
“Yars: Recharged thrusts players to the center of a daring attack against the enemy homeworld, guarded by mechanical hives that pulse deadly cannons and emit flurries of swirling missiles. Find pockets of safety amongst the hail of incoming fire, and then dart forward in daring forays to chip away at the enemy’s defenses. Gather enough energy by destroying enemy shields to power up the massively destructive Zorlon cannon, pulsing searing blasts of cosmic energy and annihilating enemies. Yars: Recharged challenges players to remain acutely aware of visual and audio cues that hint at impending danger, and master the smooth flying controls as they navigate increasingly complex levels.”
Yars: Recharged will be release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, Nintendo Switch, Stadia, and the Atari VCS.