Atari's old space shooter Asteroids will be making a comeback, kind of. Salty Games is re-imagining the game as an open-world, multiplayer experience for PC.

In Asteroids: Outpost, players are no longer starship pilots shooting up asteroids. Instead, the game takes place on the surface of a giant asteroid. The player is a miner traveling along the asteroid in search of valuable resources. Here's a brief description of the story:
Mankind has expanded its reach into the distant corners of the solar system. Near-space vessels, heavy industry on the moon and thriving colonies on Mars extend humanity's empire into the great blackness of space.

With the earth's mines nearly spent, industrialists rely on the wealth of the heavens. Our solar system's massive Asteroid Belt is a mother lode of resources, just waiting to be torn free and shipped home. "The Belt" is the humanity's newest frontier, as wild and untamed as any that man has faced.

The players start out with a simple tool for mining. However, as they collect resources from the asteroid, they can craft better equipment. They can also build a custom base of operations. However, they'll need to defend this outpost from other players. Creating alliances with fellow miners will be key to survival.

In a nod to the original arcade game, Outpost will let players blast some asteroids out of the sky, too. Regular showers of small asteroids can cause serious damage to your base (and presumably you). However, you can shoot them out of the sky and harvest their components. You'll just need to fend off any other players who had the same idea. In other words, asteroid showers are a bit like the Arkfalls from Defiance: lucrative but dangerous events that bring players together on a regular basis.

If you told me there was a new Asteroids, I would've assumed we were going to get another HD remake of the original arcade game. I really didn't think we were going to get Rust or H1Z1 in space. Those games and DayZ have proved that there's a market for open-world survival games, though. There's bound to be a lot of developers trying their hand at this genre in the years ahead.

I'm sure that some older gamers are annoyed that an old classic has been reshaped into a multiplayer action game. Still, it's not like this new game prevents you from enjoying the original version. You can play the old game pretty much anywhere for free.

Asteroids: Outpost doesn't have a release date yet. You can sign up at the official website for email notifications on any further updates.

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