Making sense of the past
Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration is part retro game collection and part documentary, exploring the vast legacy of the Atari. A new interview with Chris Kohler, Editorial Director at developer Digital Eclipse, explores the process of putting it all together. Compiling all these games and presenting them in a way that makes sense was no easy task.
And how do you even begin to condense 50 years of video games into the one collection?
We are taking a very big bite at the proverbial cookie, yes. This is where the interactive timeline presentation comes in. If we were to take this massive list of over 100 games spanning 50 years of development, and just lump them all into a single menu labeled GAMES, I feel like that would be doing a disservice to the player. Hence, everything is accessed via the interactive timelines—in chronological order, yes, but most importantly all in its proper context, so you can chart the evolution of Atari games over the last 50 years. (And, of course, if you just want to jump straight to a single game that you know you want to play, you’ll be able to easily do that as well.)
This certainly sounds like a unique way to experience a massive library of games for the first time, or as a veteran Atari fan. Kohler also mentions that games will feature local multiplayer modes, high-resolution scans of the original boxes and manuals, and more settings to bring them to life in a modern context.
Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration hits Switch November 11, 2022. Click here to read the full interview.