Atari Revives Centipede As A Post-Apocalyptic Shooter (With Giant Bugs, Of Course)

Atari, after reviving (or attempting to revive) classic games like Warlords and Yars' Revenge, is turning its attention to 1980 arcade classic Centipede for its next project. This is Centipede: Infestation, a twin-stick-style shoot 'em up for the Wii and Nintendo 3DS.


This take on Centipede is, believe it or not, a "post-apocalyptic action experience" that blends run and gun shooting with tower defense mechanics. In Centipede: Infestation, players take on the role of orphaned teenager Max, post-apocalyptically shooting giant bugs of all shapes, sizes and leg counts.


And in this Centipede, developed by Atari and WayForward Technologies, there's apparently a deeper story than just "Shoot insects while trying to avoid death." According to the release:

During Max's travels he encounters a young teen named Maisy who possesses a collection of seeds that hold the secret to bringing plant life back to the wasteland. Max and Maisy join forces to grow these gardens and protect the last natural resources on earth.

You'll be able to save this centipede-infested world when Centipede: Infestation comes to the Wii and Nintendo 3DS this fall.

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laser beams

i don't know who Atari is racing against to the bottom (or why they're so eager to get there)- but this looks like a huge pile of poo. Centipede is such an awesome game, that it shouldn't be so difficult to revive it for current consoles. i wish Namco Bandai would buy Atari and let their "Namco Generations" team go to town on some modernized Atari classics classics. i want to play a new Centipede or Missile Command (Tempest and Star Wars Arcade would be nice, too) by the team that brought us Pac-man CE: DX and Galaga Legions.