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There have been a lot of popular properties that have had their worlds translated into tabletop form, but perhaps none more unconventional (at least within the last month) as IDW’s new partnership with Atari. Together they plan to release several new tabletop versions of classic late 70’s and early 80’s action video games, such as Centipede and Asteroids.

The biggest question you have right now is the same as mine: how will this even work? IDW isn’t spilling details. They are telling us that Jon Gilmour, designer of Game of Winter, is leading a team of “hand-picked up-and-coming co-developers” to make these translations possible.

“Atari is one of the hallmarks of our generation,” says Jerry Bennington, VP of New Product Development. “We’re honored with the opportunity to be able to bring the Atari classic archive to the tabletop.”  Fred Chesnais, Chief Executive Officer at Atari, adds “IDW Games has a fantastic history of bringing licensed products to market, and we’re thrilled to work out a partnership and see our classic games on the tabletop.”

The first Atari tabletop game, based on Centipede, will show up in hobby shops this fall. Tabletops based on Asteroids and Missile Command will follow.

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