Hey, guys, Atari is resurrecting Asteroids and making it a free-to-play game -- no, really. The other afternoon, Atari sent us its first word on Asteroids: Gunner, a re-imagined take on the classic arcade space rock-obliterator that combines new dual-stick controls, fancy 3D visuals, wave-based play, power-ups, ship upgrades and the usual free-to-play trimmings including IAP ad removal and IAP unlocks.

Obviously, this isn't the Asteroids we grew up with, but this is definitely the kind of game that's doing particularly well now and the kind of game that fits Atari's new metric-driven direction. If you're especially interested in diving into Gunner, but want to get your expectations in line beforehand, go give the Slide2Play preview for it a read. Spoiler: Gunner sounds like a well-rounded and easy to pick-up-and-play action game built for all audiences.

Here's some screens:

Gunner is set to hit this coming November 10 at $0, so the wait isn't much longer. Oh! And for this generious price, you'll get the first 50 levels.

[Via Destructoid]

  • http://twitter.com/mguniverse Danny Perski

    True Asteroids is supposed to have barely any graphics. :D

  • http://twitter.com/drelbs drelbs

    And now we know why Atari has been going after so many devs of Asteroid-type iOS games lately...

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Lord-Gek-Jordan/1559737263 Tim Lord Gek Jordan

    Could be fun but it sure sounds like EVERYTHING, other than the 50 waves themselves, is an IAP.  I'll bet if just trying to earn your credits in-game you'll not be able to unlock diddly.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, Tim, I'm with you on that and I bet you're right. Funny, I was thinking about that while I was reading the above story before I even saw your post here!

  • http://profiles.google.com/yooooung Young !

    Can't really look past Space Miner: Space Ore Bust for all my Asteroids needs.

    • Adams Immersive

      I’m not sure you have to... this looks just like it!

    • Bryan Jue

      Seriously. Space Miner is teh awesome. I mean, I'm sure this Asteroids remake will be cool too, but it won't have the humor of Space Miner.

  • Chris Aanerud

    Pew pew pew....drat, out of ammo. {{pays 99 cents}}

  • Anonymous

    iCade?