Atari and developer Chequered Ink have announced Pong Quest, a humorous new take on classic Pong with an RPG flair.
In Pong Quest, players will immerse themselves as a paddle in a new world where they will navigate dungeons that are based on past Atari hits like Asteroids and Centipede. Amusingly, there is an entire campaign mode, with the player trying to uncover the mystery of the orbs in order to unlock the 'Spooky Door'.
“PONG as an RPG is something completely unexpected, but wonderful in execution,” said Atari COO Jean-Marcel Nicolai. “We are thrilled to bring PONG Quest to life to honor the classic IP and bring the beloved gameplay to a new generation of players and RPG fans. Atari has a rich portfolio of titles and exploring new ways to breathe new life into those franchises yields exciting results.”
There will be many different paddle opponents for players to face in "energetic" RPG battles while solving puzzles and gathering precious loot. There will also be over 50 unlockable Pong balls with their own attributes to "add new depths and strategy to the classic gameplay". Players will be able to customize their paddle avatar with clothing and accessories, as well as play online with up to three other players. The usage of specialized Pong balls will also be allowed online, which is good, because regular Pong after 5 minutes is a rather dull affair.
Pong Quest will release digitally on Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 this spring for $14.99.
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