Atari announced a June 15 release date for Pixel Ripped 1978, developed by Brazilian studio ARVORE.
This entry follows in the footsteps of the series' previous entries, 1989, 1995 and the On The Road spin-off, but is the first to feature a partnership with Atari. This will push the setting deeper into nostalgia-laden gameplay, featuring gameplay inspired by some classic Atari titles such as Yars' Revenge and Crystal Castles shown in a whole new light.
Pixel Ripped 1978 will also feature an "authentic recreation of the fabled Sunnyvale Atari studio" with "dozens of multi-layered Atari easter eggs."
Here's ARVORE and Atari's summary of what to expect from the game when it arrives this summer:
Developed by award-winning VR studio ARVORE, Pixel Ripped 1978 is set in an alternate universe 1970s where the video game revolution was about to erupt, and Atari was front and center! The game’s protagonist, Bug, is an early Atari game designer and programmer who has a unique ability to travel into the games she’s making to work out bugs and glitches from the inside. A cool job at Atari quickly goes haywire when the game she’s working on, Pixel Ripped, gets hacked, turning classic Atari characters into ghastly foes. Bug joins forces with her own superhero creation, Dot, to fight evil from the inside and finally launch the game!
Last week, a developer video from ARVORE gave us a recap of the studio's journey with Pixel Ripped so far, starting from lone developer Ana Ribeiro as the effort grew to 20 people working on the title as part of the studio's multi-game production schedule.
Pixel Ripped 1978 launches June 15 for Quest 2, PSVR 2 and SteamVR for PC. Be sure to tune in to UploadVR's Showcase on June 14 as ARVORE is planning to reveal a video for its latest release!