Atari 50 expansion adds more than 30 games and new timelines this October

Atari 50: Anniversary Celebration is already a wonderful history lesson and playable compendium of Atari’s heyday, but it’s about to get even more comprehensive. The 2022 interactive documentary is getting an expansion that will include new timelines and 39 games.

This new version of the game is called Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration Expanded Edition and will arrive on October 25th. It will be released as DLC for Atari 50 owners and as a standalone title both digitally and physically. Developer Digital Eclipse (acquired by Atari in 2023) is bolstering the compilation with two new timelines.

The first is “The Wider World of Atari”, which includes 19 playable games and eight video segments. Topics discussed include Pong creator Al Akorn discussing the birth of Breakout, a spotlight on artist Evelyn Soto, who helped create Atari’s “Fuji” logo, and a deep dive into Stern Electronics’ Bergerk.

The second timeline is called “The First Console War” and features 20 playable games. It consists of six video segments and focuses on the rivalry between the Atari 2600 and Mattel’s Intellivision, with interviews from former Intellivision game director Dan Daglow, Activision’s David Crane and Gary Kitchen, M Network programmer Gene Terjung, and more. This timeline also includes playable M Network games (which, for the uninitiated, are Mattel-produced games for the 2600) and rare Atari 2600 and 5200 prototypes.

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration Expanded Edition Steelbook Edition (Switch Only)

Atari 50: Anniversary Celebration Expanded Edition will be available for PlayStation and Xbox consoles, Switch and PC. The standalone standard edition costs $39.99. The physical Switch version is getting a special steelbook edition for $49.99 and includes extras like a replica of Al Acorn’s business card, Atari 2600 art cards, and miniature arcade marquee signs (as seen in the graphic above). Atari has not disclosed how much the add-on will cost existing Atari 50 owners.

For more on the collection, read our glowing review of the original game here. Be sure to listen to our interview with current Atari CEO Wade Rosen in this episode of All Things Nintendo.

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