Atari’s Hypnotizing Tempest 4000 Headed to Consoles

Dazzling Neon Graphics and a ‘90s Trance Soundtrack Culminates in Atari’s Return of the Beloved Fan-Favorite from Legendary Designer Jeff Minter.

Atari — one of the world’s most iconic consumer brands and interactive entertainment producers — announced today that Tempest 4000, the critically-acclaimed sequel to the classic arcade game Tempest, will launch on Atari VCS and Nintendo Switch on March 22nd, 2022. Developed by Llamasoft and legendary game designer Jeff Minter, Tempest 4000 is a visually stunning, action-packed arcade shooter that remains faithful to the original while adding heart-pounding new gameplay features.

In Tempest 4000, players once again face screaming electric death as they take control of the Claw, a powerful spacecraft equipped to destroy deadly creatures and other obstructions with rapid-fire shots on vibrant geometric prisms. With three game modes to choose from and 100 levels to conquer, players must eliminate all enemies as quickly as possible to survive and achieve that coveted spot at the top of the leaderboards.

The original Tempest, one of the first video games to use 3D vector graphics, represents one of Atari’s hallmark titles and is considered one of the most popular arcade games of all time. It has been featured prominently across pop culture — including in Ernest Cline’s dystopian Ready Player One novel.

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