Atari has announced the launch of Atari XP, an initiative to bring rare and never-released Atari game cartridges to market. The first releases of this initiative will be Yars’ Return, Aquaventure and Saboteur which will be available in standard and limited edition versions and ship in iconic Atari 2600 boxes.
The limited editions for each game include a Atari 2600 cartridge made from special plastics, a premium poster, a printed instructional manual with bonus material, a collectible pin and collectible badge, a certificate of authenticity, and a digital copy of the game playable on the Atari VCS.
Only 1,983 copies of each limited edition cartridge will be made in honour of the year in they would have been released. The limited editions are available at atarixp.com for $149.99 while the standard edition cartridges will retail for $49.99.
Atari CEO, Wade Rosen, said: “With our large catalog of classic games, we saw an opportunity to bring high-value, nostalgic content to the very active community of hardcore Atari fans, collectors, and video game enthusiasts. We are confident that fans and collectors alike will be thoroughly impressed with Atari’s reemergence into cartridge production.”
Future titles will include previously unreleased titles from Atari’s expansive library, rare and hard to find Atari IP physical media, and improved versions of classic games with refined mechanics and graphics.