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Tempest 4000 comes to consoles next month

Wave shooter carries on the legacy of the vector-graphics original

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Tempest 4000, a follow-up to Atari’s famous vector-graphics shooter series, launches July 17 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $29.99, Atari announced this morning.

The game is being developed by Llamasoft, which was behind Tempest 2000 for the Atari Jaguar almost 25 years ago. Tempest 2000 programmer Jeff Minter returns to the series as executive producer.

“We wanted to bring the classic arcade experience into players’ homes, so both franchise legacy fans and new gamers can test their mettle,” Minter said in a statement.

Tempest 4000 will let players once again take control of “The Claw,” the ship that can repel hordes of weird aliens and other adversaries as it tracks back and forth across Tempest’s signature geometric stages. Tempest 4000 will feature 100 levels, three game modes and a “retro techno soundtrack” to complete the feel of the original.

Llamasoft’s development history dates to 1982; Minter, its founder, was also behind the shoot-em-up series of Gridrunner games that were big hits in the early 1980s days of PC gaming. Minter also developed Tempest 3000, which launched in 2000.

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