Atari 50 PS5 PS4

Atari has revealed an expanded version of its fantastic Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration collection will release this October for PS5 and PS4, bundling in an extra 39 games on top of what was already available in the base package. With the official title of Atari 50: the Anniversary Celebration Expanded Edition, the new games are split across two additional timelines: "The Wider World of Atari" and "The First Console War".

There's no complete list yet of all the new games bundled in with the new version, but we know the timeline focusing on The Wider World of Atari comprises 19 games and eight video segments that provide a deep dive into the firm's history and its influence on other creators. "New interviews, vintage ads, historical artifacts, and more have all been researched and presented with Digital Eclipse’s signature style."

Some of the highlights in this timeline are a deep dive into Berzerk, the Atari logo artist Evelyn Seto, and an interview with Al Alcorn to explain the beginnings of Breakout. They're joined by "unusual and underappreciated innovations and hidden gems from the late 1980s" as well as "an exploration of the fan base’s role in discovering unreleased prototypes, creating 'homebrew' games, and preserving Atari history".

As for the timeline all about The First Console War, you'll get to experience another 20 games and watch six more video segments focusing on the battle between the Atari 2600 and the Intellivision from Mattel. "The team at Digital Eclipse curates an exploration of the rivalry, including Mattel’s quixotic decision to create games for the competing Atari 2600. Highlights include a selection of M Network games, including some fan-favorites; a mix of Atari and M Network sports games, and some rare Atari 2600 and 5200 prototypes."

This new version will be available as a standalone product both physically and digitally for $40 on 25th October 2024. A standard boxed copy is on offer at the aforementioned price while a steelbook version costs $50. It includes Atari 2600 art cards, miniature arcade marquee signs, an Al Alcorn Replica Syzygy Co. business card and a Steelbook case.

With the base collection comprising 109 games and a free update released around Christmas last year adding another 12, this new Anniversary Celebration Expanded Edition will boast a total of 160 titles for you to play along with an Atari history lesson. If you already own the original PS5, PS4 version, the new games and timelines will be available as DLC.

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