Atari announces Pixel Ripped 1978 for Summer 2023

Pixel Ripped 1978 will transport players to the earliest days of game development, due next summer!
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Image: ARVORE / Atari

Atari has just revealed Pixel Ripped 1978, a new sequel in the hit adventure series featuring games within a game, with a brand-new gameplay trailer. It will be developed by ARVORE again, the same team behind the previous two games.

An exact release date hasn’t been confirmed, but the game’s product page has set a release window for summer 2023. It’ll be available on PC via Steam, PS VR2 and Meta Quest 2.

The next dimension-hopping installment will venture back in time to the beginning of video games themselves, and journey into genuine Atari classics thanks to the new partnership. You can watch the full announcement trailer on the official Atari YouTube channel here:

ARVORE’s first two installments were some delightful surprises, with a tremendously clever premise. It always justified its nostalgia with original storytelling and interesting mechanics, which give a totally new context and experience. As a result, the series has proven to be the closest Tron experience imaginable. Fans of Ready Player One and other nostalgia trips will absolutely be pleased.

Although ARVORE was sure to continue reaching further back in time regardless, the partnership with Atari is a definite win for the series. It gives fans a new way to interact with some very recognizable titles, and perhaps a couple of obscure ones. Atari has consistently shown hidden gems a lot of love with its Recharged series, as in Caverns of Mars: Recharged.

ARVORE has reimagined these games in some very inventive ways, and the sheer potential in today’s trailer feels like the culmination of the entire series. The plot involves protecting childhood memories and actual game development. Hopefully, it will be easy to invest in, because the slice-of-life approach felt a little more personal in the previous games.

You can read more about Pixel Ripped 1978, Atari, and other upcoming VR games by checking out the rest of our news section!

Anthony Fertino

Anthony Fertino

Anthony Fertino is a novelist and lifelong gamer, born and raised in Southern California. He's been a content writer for over 10 years, and studied film at SMC for 4 years. When he isn't playing shooters, RPGs, or indies, he's reading SFF novels and trying the latest tabletop games.

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