The first book from the collaboration will be a hardcover retrospective of the classic gaming company and their titles through the years. As the most famous of the forerunners of today’s video games Atari has quite a history to explore. The book will look at game development and marketing and include photos and original art concepts.
There will also be reprints on previously published materials, and new comics and graphic novels based on the original games such as Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Yar’s Revenge, and others.
Atari CEO Fred Chesnais said of the announcement, “We are excited to be teaming up with Dynamite Entertainment to bring a modern twist to a classic series of comics and table top books that are rich with historic art”.
It remains to be seen as to how well new comics can work with the mostly plot-less video games of old. Games today are often intensely plotted and planned in storyline alone so are better suited to further exploration in graphic or prose novels. Still the nostalgia of it may be enough to get people interested. These games are not just a part of history but a part of our childhoods and revisiting there can always be fun, quality not withstanding.