Glasgow-based development company DC Studios has recreated 10 classic titles from the Atari VCS 2600 era for inclusion on the forthcoming low-end console device, the Atari TV Game, which faithfully replicates the joystick of the VCS 2600 and plugs directly into a television.
The company, which previously created the content for the Activision TV Game – including classics River Raid and Pitfall – has faithfully ported titles including Pong, Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command and Yars Revenge to the pint-sized unit, which will be released in Europe in February.
The Activision TV Game sold in excess of 350,000 units in North America, and the Atari branded unit is expected to enjoy equal if not greater success, with hundreds of thousands of units expected to be sold. Such success from a product well outside the core focus of most developers should not come as a surprise, according to DC Studios CEO Mark Greenshields.
The industry is a global business and should be treated as such, he commented. There are many new areas outside the traditional development sector which show enormous potential for developers in attracting new sectors of the population to play games. I firmly believe that to succeed in the long-term developers will have to take advantage of these opportunities regardless of their geographical location.