Atari Reboot

Atari is the legacy game maker that just won't die. For better or for worse the studio finds a way back from the dead and continues to churn out products. Atari is back once again with an announcement about reviving and rebooting a classic franchise for today's generation of gaming.

In a press release, Atari announced a strategic partnership with Vagabond Production and Fig, the crowdfunding and investment platform for some recent games such as Psychonauts 2 and Pillars of Eternity 2.

As part of the partnership with Fig, Atari will produce two new games. One of the games will be an all-new IP while the second game will be the revival of one of Atari's classic games.

Keep in mind that Atari has filed bankruptcies over the years and ownership has passed around multiple times over. So only parts of the catalog and library of the brand have stayed intact, while other parts of the company's intellectual properties have been passed off to other publishers and IP rights holders. Nevertheless, there's still a wealth of IP connected with the Atari brand when it comes to rebooting an old series.

Now despite the fact that the company has a huge number of properties under its belt, only a few are "beloved intellectual properties" (and even fewer are still attached to the Atari brand). This definitely narrows down the field.

At the top of the list of Atari's properties (the ones that weren't sold off) would likely be Alone In The Dark. The last outing for the game was a reboot released back in 2015 called Alone in the Dark: Illumination, and it did not fare well on the market at all. Before that, the game was rebooted back in 2008 and it was simply called Alone in the Dark.

It's one of the few remaining properties under the Atari label that has fairly decent brand recognition across multiple platforms.

However, if Atari wanted something a bit more nostalgic, there's also Blood. It was popular back in the 1990s, and with the revival of first-person shooters usually being safe bets, such as DOOM and Quake, it wouldn't hurt to bring back the PC classic. The problem, however, is that Blood would only be a major game worth rebooting if it was brought back big, like DOOM, otherwise, it would likely fade away again.

There's also the RollerCoaster Tycoon series, which carries some brand weight with it, but it was just recently rebooted last year in the fall of 2016, so it's highly unlikely that Atari would reboot it just a year later.

One classic game series that could get the reboot treatment and hasn't seen the light of day recently is Test Drive, which last had an outing back in 2011 with Test Drive Unlimited 2. Way, way back in the day it was a direct rival with games like Top Gear and Need For Speed. The racing sim genre is starved right now, so Test Drive getting the reboot treatment seems feasible enough.

Few other games that are still under Atari's license holding have much weight behind them these days, but there are games like San Francisco Rush and Paperboy that could make a return as well. A lot of it will depend on how the game(s) make the comeback, though. With the high saturation of FPS titles, it would seem like a bad time to revive an old shooter. But then again if it's done right it could be huge.

For the most part, if you check the games that are popular right now over on Fig, most are unique and creatively driven, so don't be surprised if Atari and Fig pick something from the library that's both notable and creatively disparate from what's currently on the mark.

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