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Atari announces Tempest 4000, Jeff Minter involved

August 08, 2017 1 min read

The very first thing I posted on Destructoid as a staff writer was a love letter to Jeff Minter, the creator of Tempest 2000 for the Atari Jaguar, the “visualizer” you see on many consoles and PCs when you put a music CD in, and wonderful newer titles such as TxK and the jaw-dropping Polybiusfor PlayStation 4. In the same article, I berated Atari for the particularly shitty practice of trying to block TxK from release on other platforms apart from the Vita due to its similarities to Tempest, in what I viewed as poor treatment of a brilliant developer who essentially made Tempest 2K what it was in the first place. If I remember right, I used bad words to describe Atari. Bad mean words.

Well Atari -- I'm sorry. I apologize. I don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors, and underestimated your intent to get back into the industry, but bringing Jeff Minter back on to head Tempest 4000 is a really solid fucking start, and that’s exactly what is happening right in time for a holiday release on PC and current-gen consoles.

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