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Atari Classic Warlords Reimagined for PSN Today

Todd Shallbetter's Avatar + Posted by Todd Shallbetter on Oct 09, 2012 // Sr. Director of Digital Strategy and Distribution, Atari

Warlords, one of Atari’s original and celebrated arcade titles, is launching in updated form for the PlayStation Network today! We have a never-before-seen, exclusive launch trailer to show PlayStation.Blog readers right now. Enjoy!

I’m sure there are readers out there who’ve spent many hours in the arcades playing Warlords and other Atari games back in the 80s. With this new PSN version, we wanted to capture all the fast-paced, multiplayer fun that made the original a hit in its day. But as you’ll see, Warlords has been completely overhauled with a new identity for modern consoles, yet we really felt it important to keep it as true to the original as possible. As Nolan Bushnell used to say, Atari games are “simple to play, difficult to master.” I think you’ll find that to be the case with Warlords.

The core concept of the game remains the same as the original – defend your fortress while attacking others. You can play either cooperatively or competitively, defending your fort from attacks with up to three other players. Winning requires speed and strategy, as you’ll be forced to defend your stronghold by blocking fireballs with your shield while hurling your own fireballs towards your enemies and managing your troops, called Snoots. There are also offensive power-ups that you’ll need to overcome your challengers and take down their fortress walls.

Warlords for PS3 (PSN)Warlords for PS3 (PSN)

The power-ups that you collect play a significant role in gaining the upper hand during battle: Castle Crusher immediately blows out a portion of your enemy’s walls; Slowed Shield reduces the opposing player’s shield speed temporarily; Extender increases your own shield’s size; and White Knight Shield potects your little Snoots from attack when the Black Knight’s troops show up.

In addition, there are multiple game modes to help keep the experience fresh over extended play, including single-player quick matches and campaign modes that are 1v1, 2v2 and free-for-all among four players in both online and local play mode. Fireballs can also be adjusted from 1-5 for each match. There’s also a “Classic” mode without Snoots, power-ups or the Black Knight.

The key to winning is in how you strategically use your Snoots to overcome opposing players. The Snoots are a versatile lot, and can provide additional support to fight your enemies, collect important power-ups, capture control points, banish the Black Knight, heal your walls, and destroy your enemy’s castle walls. With smart use of your Snoots, the game will quickly tilt in your favor.

In the end, we hope that old gamers of the original classic and new gamers alike are happy with what we’ve created. Visit PlayStation Store this afternoon to download the game when, and be sure to leave us some feedback. We’d love to know what you think!

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11 Comments

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+ Joe-TFW on October 9th, 2012 at 11:35 am said:

Wow, some great 2600 memories here. The update looks slick. So much good stuff this week and this looks to just add to that. Is there a price and demo for this?


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+ blinkstar-1080 on October 9th, 2012 at 11:36 am said:

Looks fun. Today’s store update is pretty massive. Should have something to make everyone happy.


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+ T3DV0L70L1N4 on October 9th, 2012 at 11:39 am said:

Please update the store soon! I need to get me some Retro City Rampage and Machinarium!


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+ tusunami on October 9th, 2012 at 11:56 am said:

Never heard of this game,but this seems to be another quirky & unique title coming to Psn.I’ll have to check this out.


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+ blinkstar-1080 on October 9th, 2012 at 11:58 am said:

Dishonored is live on the store for anyone wondering. Just use the search function.


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+ Xoombie503 on October 9th, 2012 at 12:01 pm said:

why no vita love?


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+ GhostMachine1 on October 9th, 2012 at 12:08 pm said:

why are there so many amazing games coming out on the same day?


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+ kivi95 on October 9th, 2012 at 12:20 pm said:

Clap clap clap. Wow great decision to launch this game today when so many other games releases.


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+ aelurio1980 on October 9th, 2012 at 3:55 pm said:

And for the vita … ???


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+ SpooNManX on October 9th, 2012 at 7:17 pm said:

Loved the original!
I believe it was the first 4 player game for the Atari 2600 IIRC.

I would gladly pay $5 for this. (Hopefully it’s not more). Also, why aren’t we seeing Plus discounts on games like this and Retro City Rampage? I’d like to see more discounts on day one titles and less on games several months old that we likely already purchased.

That way we would have a better chance of an actual deal and we would be the new games right away.


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+ mainkster on October 9th, 2012 at 8:34 pm said:

does atari still have the rights to D&D if yes they should make a baldurs gate game , the only D&D game on ps3 is daggerdale , i need my D&D Fix


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