Jeff Minter and Atari have buried the hatchet and are teaming up to create another Tempest title.
Minter, a long-time video game designer and programmer from England, is known for his fondness for classic arcade-style shooters, and in his multi-decade career has created versions of and games influenced by Space Invaders, Defender, and Berzerk, among others.
He also is a huge fan of ruminants.
Minter has previously created two Tempest titles for Atari: a remake called Tempest 2000 for the Jaguar in 1994, and Tempest 3000, an enhanced version of Tempest 2000 for that same ill-fated console.
In 2014, he released Tempest-style tube-shooter TxK on the Vita to critical praise, but Atari was unimpressed, and legal threats blocked ports that were planned for PC, PlayStation 4, and Android.
Despite this clash, Minter and Atari are now pairing up for Tempest 4000, which is coming to “current generation consoles” and PC this holiday season.
The game will remain faithful to the fast-paced gameplay of the original, while adding new features, a new throbbing techno soundtrack, and gorgeous graphics, said Atari.
The original Tempest was one of the first video games to use 3D vector graphics, and has been featured prominently across pop culture – including in Ernest Cline’s extremely lame dystopian YA novel, Ready Player One.
“At the end of the day, video gamers always win,” said Minter.
“I am very happy to work with Atari again to bring a long-awaited sequel of Tempest to our legion of fans and a new generation of gamers worldwide.”