Tempest 4000 Is Coming
Back in the early 80s, my dad took me to an arcade and that’s where I first saw it. In this oddly shaped cabinet, it’s vector line graphics wow’d me and I fell in awe of it at the first quarter drop. Years later, Tempest would get a sequel on the Atari Jaguar and it was great as well. Now, we will finally see the next installment in the series: Tempest 4000.
In a press release from Atari, they announced Tempest 4000 is on the way headed up by Jeff Minter. Minter is responsible for the previous entry into the series, Tempest 2000, on the Jaguar so expectations are very high. The game is set to include 100 levels with various weapons and power-ups, support 4k, have multiple modes (including Standard, Pure and Endurance), leaderboards, a retro soundtrack inspired by 90s Techno, and still retain the gameplay feel of the original game.
“At the end of the day, video gamers always win,” said Jeff Minter, Executive Producer of Tempest 4000 and founder of Llamasoft. “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.”
News of Minter being apart of this project is unexpected, but welcomed surprise, as he has previously butted heads with Atari over previous projects. His company Llamasoft released a game on Playstation Vita called TxK that was similar in ways to Tempest. The game was planned to be ported other platforms, but Atari put the breaks on that.
So yeah all the stuff we had ready or near ready will now never see the light of day.No TxK PC, PS4, Oculus, GearVR, Android. Thank “Atari”.
— Jeff Minter (@llamasoft_ox) March 18, 2015
Tempest 4000 is set to be released this holiday season for current gen consoles and PC.
UPDATE: Jeff Minter just tweeted out a screenshot of the title screen. Looks like this one might be pretty far into development already.
— Jeff Minter (@llamasoft_ox) August 16, 2017