E3 06: BattleZone announced for PSP

Update of '80s arcade game arriving in November 2006.

Atari has announced the development of BattleZone for the Sony PlayStation Portable, with a planned release date of November 2006. Paradigm Entertainment has been charged with updating the 1980s arcade game, which will offer unlockable weapons and vehicles, four-player Wi-Fi games, and two levels that will be customizable online.

The game is set in a futuristic international military environment, where players control maneuverable hover tanks in close-combat scenarios. Within this world, there will be eight unique customizable team vehicles, an assortment of weapons, and multiplayer battles. There will also be an online level-builder tool that will let players customize game maps and then download them to a PSP over a USB connection.

On the multiplayer side, BattleZone will feature deathmatch, capture the flag, team deathmatch, hotzone, knockout, and fox-and-hound game modes. These modes will be playable over Wi-Fi for up to four players. The game will span locations such as the abandoned cities of Russia, the jungles of China, and the desert canyons of the United States.

We'll have more info and screenshots on the title as soon as they're made available.

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21 comments
Vikingfbm
Vikingfbm

Battlezone: Now there was a RTS with tank rushes you could really appreciate. Still one of my top 10 games. It's good to see that Atari still think there is money to be made in the series. Even if it gets dumbed down a bit.

cyprus646
cyprus646

Im a huge fan of the battlezone series on the N64 i hope they make it ike that but with crisp psp graphics.

Supersonic2000
Supersonic2000

Battlezone is back? This is great. Now how about a Combat remake.

cesarotromundo
cesarotromundo

YEA! IM NOT GETTING THIS..but its cause i dont have money :(

skyvader
skyvader

porting the pc 3d version seems plausable. it is still a good game to play. especially with twin voodoo2 cards in sli.

runstalker
runstalker

Now let's have the PSP 2 announcement at E3: the updated design with better battery life and a big chunk of built-in flash memory. It only makes sense, with the PS1 game downloads coming. I've grown weary of screwing around with memory sticks for managing movies and big files already. PSP makeover please. Needs to be more future-proof this time, if it still intends to be the jack-of-all-trades portable.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

That was a good game wonder if it will be fun on the PSP.

frontier49
frontier49

Whatever. I'm trading in my PSP for the Lite. I haven't touched my PSP since last summer.

a0me
a0me

Noticed the release date? Jun 6, 2006. That's 6/6/6. (O.O)

Ryozo
Ryozo

The FPRTS remake released back in '98 was great fun; indeed, people are still playing online (too bad that the environment is such that cheaters can run amuck and spoil the experience). I cannot help but wonder if some of the Generals developers had some exposure to this (Jarmen Kell, I'm looking at you!)

vaejas
vaejas

Doot Doot Doot Dit. Dit. Dit...

yermomsboxx
yermomsboxx

When was the last time Atari made a good game? Seriously, I can't remember.

Mp5slipknot
Mp5slipknot

Sweet! This I definently am going to keep an eye on.

JimElNino
JimElNino

The PC Games were pretty sweet, but I doubt they would take that route with the PSP. Doesn't seem like the type of game that is the PSP gamers cup of tea, hell it didn't even sell well on the PC.

rbarahona
rbarahona

Good news. I'm willing to see more games for the PSP that use some of the WiFi connectivity.

Arkham
Arkham

Great news. I can't wait. Now for Arctic Fox!

grayfox_2k
grayfox_2k

sounds pretty cool... about the multiplayer... do you think ad-hoc or infra?

Sparticuse
Sparticuse

It doesn't sound like a remake of the PC, space race inspired battlezone from how they describe it in the news post. now that is a franchise id like to see come back.

basilfaulty
basilfaulty

:O Thank you, Atari... Thank you. OK, this is going to rock so much

SpaceMatt
SpaceMatt

Hmmm... A remake of the remake of BZ from '98 (I think)? Too bad it's on the PSP... this franchise belongs back home on the PC