Retro Atari Titles to Hit XBLA

Starting January 2007, Xbox Live Arcade will see quite a few retro titles being introduced thanks to Atari. No coins and cartridges will be needed to play the following games which will be released throughout the year:

Centipede/Millipede: defend your village against an onslaught of centipedes, spiders, army ants and more, now with pre-rendered, high definition graphics. In addition to the classic mode, the evolution mode offers high definition graphics and special effects like motion blur, trails and particle-based explosion effects make this classic as enjoyable today as it was in the arcade decades ago.

Battlezone: the original tank vs. tank action classic has received an Xbox Live overhaul, adding in exciting new multiplayer modes including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag. This updated version is truly a must-have for any fan of the original, which is also included. Combine these features with new special effects for weapon firing, impacts and explosions and you have one killer classic as you’ve never experienced it before.

Asteroids/Asteroids Deluxe: rotate, thrust, flip, fire and jump to hyperspace as you blast oncoming asteroids to smithereens just like in the 1979 original, but in updated, beautifully rendered, high definition graphics that complement the classic original.

Missile Command: protecting your city from alien missile attacks has never looked better now that this classic has been overhauled with updated graphics and 3D rendered vistas. Choose from the evolved mode or the timeless original gameplay.

Tempest: clear a web of enemies before time runs out and advance to the next stage, using an arsenal of weapons at your disposal. This evolved version features a graphics overhaul while maintaining the same addictive gameplay of the original.

Warlords: a multiplayer classic that resurrects the competitive spirit of arcade games from years gone by. Knock out the other kings in their castles while keeping yourself protected at the same time. Up to four players can join the action with the game taking control of any vacant castles allowing for a variety of single- or multiplayer experiences. Gamers can also import their own pictures to their castles for an extra personalisation.

No prices were mentioned; it is expected that these games will cost the same as other classic titles available now.

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