Atari Classics Evolve onto PSP

Publisher's latest compilation brings 11 esteemed games with new graphics, online leaderboards, multiplayer to Sony's handheld this fall; 60 other ports also packed in.

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Atari has been releasing classic compilations of some of its most venerated games on various platforms for years. Most recently, the publisher has taken a different tack by offering single doses for updated versions of its classic games through Xbox Live Marketplace. Atari classics that have found their way to Microsoft's downloadable game service include Missile Command and Centipede, with Warlords, Asteroids, and others due out later this year.

Instead of simply porting old titles untouched, Atari's latest offering appears to be a compilation of Xbox Live-like enhanced favorites. Today, Atari announced that Atari Classics Evolved will be available for the PlayStation Portable this fall. The game will feature redux versions of Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Centipede, Lunar Lander, Millipede, Missile Command, Super Breakout, Tempest, Warlords, and Pong.

As with the games most recently released through Xbox Live, Atari will be distinguishing its latest offerings with new "evolved modes." Aside from updating the graphics, the 11 evolved titles will feature global leaderboards and ad hoc multiplayer functionality.

Sweetening the deal, Atari Classics Evolved will also include more than 60 other games from the Atari 2600's catalog. Included in this most recent Atari classics compilation will be Yar's Revenge, Night Driver, Canyon Bomber, and Crystal Castles, among others.

Atari Classics Evolved has not yet been rated or priced. However, retro-game compilations typically sell at a price points lower than all-new titles.

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