Yar’s Revenge, one of the biggest games on the Atari 2600 is coming back with a new sequel- decades after the game first caused a storm on the home console.
In our exclusive interview with Howard Scott Warshaw, he announced that he’d signed the paperwork to make the new Yar’s Revenge a reality.
“I have signed a deal with Atari to do a Yar’s Revenge sequel”, Howard says. “There are other Yar’s Revenge products coming out from Atari, but I am actually going to design and oversee a development for an actual HSW Yar’s Revenge sequel. It’s a design I’ve had in my head for decades, I’ve thought of doing it , I’ve wanted to do it. I got to talking with Atari recently, it turns out it looks like we’re going to do that. So I just wanted to let you know that that’s coming”.
There’s no release date for the game yet, though from the sounds of it the game’s still very early in development.
According to Howard, he’d been cooking up a sequel to Yar’s Revenge for years now- and he wants to make it something both true to the spirit of the first as well as its limitations.
“It’ll be on a number of platforms, It’s not initally going to be a 2600 game but it’s going to be a game that could be developed on the 2600 because it was designed on the 2600”, Howard says. “It’s a gameplay I’ve had in my head for many years, all these decades, I’ve never seen this gameplay done anywhere else”.
Howard talks at great length about the development of the original in his book, Once Upon Atari: How I Made History By Killing An Industry.