Arcade Classic Centipede Celebrates 40th Anniversary This Month With New Game

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By Billy Givens on September 3rd, 2021


Atari in collaboration with developers Adamvision Studios and SneakyBox Studios will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their arcade classic Centipede with a brand new game in the series. Centipede: Recharged will land on all major platforms and the company’s new Atari VCS console on September 29.

If you grew up playing Centipede or have checked it out at some point since its original launch in 1981, you’ll be pretty familiar with the simple but fun mechanics at play in the series. This new title may have a new vibrant neon aesthetic, but by and large, the fundamentals remain the same here as they ever were: You shoot descending centipedes and work around the mushrooms they leave in their wake. But Centipede: Recharged has a few tricks up its sleeves in the way of power-ups dropped by spiders, which grant you some crazy cool weapon upgrades like railguns, explosive bullets, and more.

Centipede: Recharged will feature an Arcade mode that can be tackled solo or in couch co-op, and those looking to test their mettle further can even dive into more than two dozen challenges that introduce a variety of unique gameplay alterations, all while vying for a top spot on the global leaderboards. The Atari VCS version will also include some exclusive challenges that aren’t likely to ever make their way to other platforms.

Centipede: Recharged launches this September for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S and X, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and Epic Games Store. The game will hit a gorgeous 4K resolution and 120FPS on PS5 and Series X, and it can hit as high as 240Hz on PC. Wherever you decide to play it, though, you can rest assured it’s going to be quite a flashy nostalgia trip.

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