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Asteroids being rebooted as open-world survival MMO

Asteroids being rebooted as open-world survival MMO

Players will explore, gather resources and build customised bases.

Atari arcade classic Asteroids, featuring a plucky space-triangle fighting off asteroids that decrease in size and increase in speed as they are shot, is being rebooted into an open-world survival MMO.

In news that sounds like it comes from the video gaming Onion, Asteroids: Outpost will be a PC-exclusive putting players in the space-boots of a miner in an open-world sandbox trying to build up their defences and gather wealth, or go from 'rocks to riches' as Atari puts it.

Players will be dumped on a large asteroid and tasked with exploring, collecting resources, crafting equipment and building customised bases whilst fighting off or teaming up with other players.

'We're paying homage to the original Asteroids by incorporating classic features such as asteroid blasting capabilities, while introducing a completely new premise and gameplay, said Atari chief executive Fred Chesnais. 'Asteroids: Outpost will appeal to both fans of the classic Asteroids as well as enthusiasts of immersive survival games and expansive MMOs.'

Sounding like a cross between Minecraft and DayZ in space, Asteroids: Outpost is being developed by Salty Games, a new studio that includes former Call of Duty and Star Trek Online developers. The WarZ publisher Arktos Entertainment Group, will also be lending technical support.

The original Asteroids first appeared in arcades in 1979 and has become one of the most recognisable classic video games.

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David 11th February 2015, 11:38 Quote
dun mayk cence.

They can call it what they like but, if it isn't solely about a little ship shooting floating rocks, it has no right being linked with Asteroids. That just reeks of desperation.
suenstar 11th February 2015, 11:42 Quote
I had to do a double-take on what the date was just then... this article almost sounded like something for 1st April.
Although at the same time, I am somewhat intrigued to find out what they do with the MMO and to see how it turns out.
Guinevere 11th February 2015, 12:27 Quote
I can't wait for the pacman MMO!

It's going to basically be a cheap and nasty Korean MMO with "a completely new premise and gameplay" but like this Asteroids sham, it'll try and get a marketing boost by linking itself in name onto to something with some heritage value.

Anything has got to be better than that Pong based open world driving simulator, or that time they turned Centipede into a text based adventure game!
jimbok11 11th February 2015, 14:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
I can't wait for the pacman MMO!

Haha! I'd actually probably but that...

:P
IanW 11th February 2015, 17:02 Quote
Imma wait for Pong: The Motion Picture...
suenstar 11th February 2015, 17:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by IanW
Imma wait for Pong: The Motion Picture...
Here you go...
http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/uncyclopedia/images/b/b6/Pongmovie1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090706051050
Anakha 11th February 2015, 17:35 Quote
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Players will be dumped on a large asteroid and tasked with exploring, collecting resources, crafting equipment and building customised bases whilst fighting off or teaming up with other players.
So... Space Engineers, then...
GravitySmacked 11th February 2015, 21:09 Quote
jrs77 11th February 2015, 22:02 Quote
There's allready an MMO that includes all these features like mining, fighting, crafting etc in space and has seen over a decade of evolution... EvE Online.
XXAOSICXX 12th February 2015, 19:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Anakha

So... Space Engineers, then...

My thoughts exactly. This really is quite poor.
Chris_Waddle 12th February 2015, 22:07 Quote
Nah, not for me, you just can't better the original.

Can you imagine kids playing this now? In the good old days, you did well to make a game last 5-10 minutes. Today you have to be spoon fed instructions, walked through and complete it in a few hours. Imagine them having to play a game with just one mission and no ending!

Found a free online version of the original which you can play here

14910 was my best after 3 games, god I'm rusty at it.
Xir 13th February 2015, 06:59 Quote
I've still got the original around somewhere
(God I'm old) :(
GeorgeStorm 13th February 2015, 08:44 Quote
So many fond memories of playing the original, is it available on gog or something? Probably have the floppy or whatever at home if I can get my parents to hunt for it, but it probably wouldn't work without a lot of faff
Gareth Halfacree 13th February 2015, 10:04 Quote
The original was an arcade cabinet with vector display, and is pretty unforgiving.
Domestic_ginger 13th February 2015, 11:34 Quote
I was lucky enough that's a friend had spacewar. Ship vs ship combat with gravity and shooting torpedo's angry bird style was pretty damn good.

The asteroids multiplayer game has already been done at least 10 years ago. Tbh it looked quite good. Its not rocks but more about inter ship combat and upgrades.
Xir 17th February 2015, 12:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
The original was an arcade cabinet with vector display, and is pretty unforgiving.

Okay, I've got the Atari 2600 port.

The Atari 2600 is from '77 and the Asteroids Arcade game is from '79. Asteroids wasn't ported till '81.

That's history for ya, kids! ;)
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