Arcade classic Centipede returns with a modern update in Centipede: Recharged

Those who grew up in the heyday of arcades remember Centipede fondly. Sure, it may have stolen all your quarters, but the game – as simple as it is compared to modern games – has stood the test of time. Lately,there has been quite a resurgence of interest in classic arcade games and it looks like Atari is ready to update Centipede for modern times. Enter Centipede: Recharged, a frantic, colorful update which still manages to retain the core features which made the game great in the first place.

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NEW YORK — Aug. 31, 2021 — Centipede: Recharged, the neon-fueled re-imagining of the arcade classic from publisher Atari in collaboration with developers Adamvision Studios and SneakyBox Studios, brings back the bug-blasting battle on Wednesday, Sept. 29 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Steam and Epic Games Store for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Atari VCS with exclusive content.

Initiate insect extermination in this widescreen glow-up of one of the greatest arcade games of all time. The rules are the same as 1981: shoot the centipedes as they descend the playing field, and contend around the shot-blocking and path-altering mushrooms they leave behind. New to Centipede: Recharged are power-ups dropped by the spiders, such as explosive bullets, spread shots, and a devastating railgun.

Fight for high scores in Arcade mode either solo or with a new simultaneous couch co-op feature. Tackle more than two dozen challenges that test bug-shooting prowess and introduce clever uses for the new powerups, with additional challenges exclusive to the Atari VCS. Take it to the next level with global leaderboards for the best records in the world, and earn more than 15 achievements, complete with a Platinum trophy on PlayStation 4 and 5.

Groove to the 80’s-inspired electronic soundtrack by award-winning composer Megan McDuffee, with the first single from the game’s soundtrack available now on Bandcamp. Vibrant, clean graphics clock in with 4K resolution and 120 frames per second output on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, with support for up to 240 Hz on PC, all keeping the lightning-fast and chaotic chitinous carnage smooth, stable, and seriously fun.

Centipede Recharged is the first title in Atari’s new premium gaming initiative, which will revitalize some of Atari’s legendary portfolio of titles for modern platforms. Atari VCS players can enjoy exclusive Challenges and full support for the new Atari Wireless Classic Joystick.

“We’re so excited to bring these classic, genre-defining games to modern consoles,” said Wade Rosen, CEO, Atari. “Our goal is to create faithful adaptations that ooze with nostalgia and style, and we’re looking forward to providing that to the old school fans that loved Centipede as kids, and a new generation of players who appreciate high-quality arcade action and 80’s aesthetic.”

Centipede: Recharged releases Wednesday, Sept. 29 on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Steam and Epic Games Store for Windows PC, and the Atari VCS, for which it features exclusive content and is optimized to work with the new Atari Wireless Classic Joystick, for $9.99. Centipede: Recharged supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean, and simplified Chinese.

For more information on Centipede: Recharged, please visit the official website and follow Atari on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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