Asteroids Sandbox Survival Reimagining On Early Access

“This ain’t your grandpa’s Asteroids,” I wish the creature wrapped in the flesh of Atari would hiss. Sadly not. That’s the kind of line I’d like when a classic game becomes something so very, very modern. And what way to reinterpret the vintage space shoot ’em up could be any more modern than a multiplayer sandbox survival game? That’s Asteroids: Outpost [official site], you guys, and it has launched in that thoroughly modern manner: onto Steam Early Access.

“Welcome to the new gold rush” is its wholly unironic slogan. Oh, go on, that’ll do. Atari are only getting started with weird takes on old games too.

Rather than explain at great comedic length the parts Asteroids: Outpost removes from Asteroids, I’ll skip to telling you what it keeps: it has asteroids, in that it’s set on an asteroid and also you can build turrets to shoot showers of other, smaller asteroids raining over yours. Beyond that, it’s a multiplayer survival sandbox with mining and crafting and building and killing and looting.

It’s £16.49 right now on Steam but that’ll go up to £24.99 in a week, which seems expensive.

Atari chief operating officer Todd Shallbetter called Outpost “part of our new strategy” in today’s launch announcement.

“We are going to be teaming up with young and innovative studios to take a refreshing look at each game from our extensive portfolio,” he said. “Releasing Asteroids: Outpost through the Early Access program will also help us get feedback from the community. Asteroids is the first of a long series of re-births, and we are considering doing the same for our other iconic games such as Warlords, Adventure, Tempest, Missile Command and many more.” Oh dear.

Tempest, of course, is the game Atari are giving Jeff Minter grief over. He says Atari are leaning on him over his arcade shooter TxK, with the publishers claiming it’s ripping off Tempest 2000, so he’s scrapped the PC port.


  1. RobF says:

    I’ve got some feedback for Atari but it’s not very polite.

  2. Wisq says:

    Huh, they terraformed that moon with an atmosphere? Because otherwise all those explosions and firey fragment trails are completely wrong.

    But yeah. Why do they even put old names on these new things? Asteroids is so bloody old that the only people who remember it are probably either a) not gamers any more, or b) going to resent you for it.

    • Shuck says:

      “Why do they even put old names on these new things? ”
      The continued existence of Atari in general never fails to baffle me. At this point it’s basically just a name given to a collection of old game IP rights that changes hands every few years. Most of the games are old (and primitive) enough that a) they no longer have commercial value and b) can’t be updated while retaining anything of the original game. So the game IPs are nothing but names. Which means “Atari” is just a name for a collection of names. It’s absurd.

  3. pepperfez says:

    Awful lot of effort to put into this sort of article if you’re just going to go and post it days early, isn’t it?

  4. ThatFuzzyTiger says:

    Atari can get lost, apparently the dev team is getting support from the group that were involved with the execrable WarZ mess. This will not end well.

  5. Diziet Sma says:

    Leave Jeff Minter alone Atari, then we can talk again.

  6. Neurotic says:

    Are we saying Space Engineers yet?

  7. Telkir says:

    Saw one of the tags and thought that, in typical jolly RPS style keeping its finger on the pulse of current feelings, it read “Salty Gamers”.

  8. SlimShanks says:

    Getting “started’ with weird remakes of their old games? What about the last time when they remade Combat, Missile Command, Warlords, and some others?

    • RobF says:

      Oh, that was 2 or 3 years since the last batch. That’s many a reptile withered and died in the skinsuit since then.

  9. Barberetti says:

    Thank fuck they don’t own Defender.

  10. omf says:

    Ah, the time-honored tradition of taking a totally unrelated property and slapping something with some name recognition on it.

    “This ain’t your grandpa’s Asteroids”. This ain’t anybody’s Asteroids.

  11. alms says:

    You go and tell me if you think I’m wrong there, BIG ICONIC NAME OF THE PAST gets remade as something other than an FPS, means that the era of the FPS has finally come to a end.


    • hotmaildidntwork says:

      Did you not see the trailer? What makes you think this isn’t going to involve first person and shooting?

  12. geldonyetich says:

    It looks potentially good, but early Steam reviews suggest that it is just a tad undeveloped at this point. If there is any one great peril of Early Access, it’s that you can burn out from the game before it is well and truly finished. Well, no, lets make that two great perils of Early Access: the other one is you end up buying a game that they don’t bother to finish.

  13. CookPassBabtridge says:

    As an aside, Todd Shallbetter sounds like a motivational self help author.

    I did have another point, but now I can only TOOOOOD.
    Who is friends with CHET and CHAD, from Kappa Phi Alpha Beta Potater.

    Sigh. Maybe the reimaginings will be good. Did anyone ever remake SWIV? Or was that basically Carrier Command: Gaea Mission? Also, Manic Miner, for no reason.

  14. Niko says:


    A S T E R O I D S

  15. Ross Angus says:

    I’m going to assume it’s turn-based, because of that trailer.

  16. BadCatWillum says:

    I’m holding out for one of the successors of Commodore Business Machines to commission a young and innovative studio to reboot Workbench Lander, as a crafting survival MOBA card game. Or something.

  17. Ejia says:

    So, let me get this right: there is an outpost, and there is an asteroid or two? Sounds… accurate, at least.

  18. DailyFrankPeter says:

    Any game which has a website with “BUY NOW!!!” link and a media link not containing any gameplay media is worth to me about $1 – i.e. random/bargain bin.

  19. Kempston Wiggler says:

    Hulking Space-suited warriors?

    Atari, putting the Steroids in Asteroids.