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Atari Announces Yars Rising for All Major Platforms

Atari Announces Yars Rising for All Major Platforms - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 April 2024 / 1,270 Views

Publisher Atari and developer WayForward have announced Yars Rising for the PlayStation 5Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo SwitchPlayStation 4Xbox OnePC via Steam and Epic Games Store, and Atari VCS. It will launch later this year.

View the announcement trailer below:

Read details on the game below:

From the renowned development studio WayForward Technologies, Inc. (Shantae, River City Girls, Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp) comes Yars Rising, a 2D action adventure exploration of one of Atari’s richest, and best known classic titles.

In WayForward’s experienced hands, the Yars franchise becomes an expansive mystery solved through 2D platforming action. Take control of the young hacker Emi Kimura, who is hired by a mysterious patron to infiltrate the shadowy QoTech corporation. Run, jump, sneak, and hack your way through challenges as you slowly unravel a complex secret shrouded in intrigue.

2D Platforming Action

Emi must jump, blast and sneak her way past waves of robotic and alien enemies. Her latent powers are revealed as the game progresses, granting her wild augments and biohacks that let her to reach previously inaccessible areas.

Science-Fiction Intrigue

A seemingly bottomless mystery takes Emi from drab office buildings into hidden underground labs, and even to the farthest reaches of space as she uncovers the dark truth behind the QoTech corporation and discovers her own personal connection to an alien race.

A Lineup built for Speed

Featuring nine different car types, from muscle to sports car, all with their own speed, acceleration and handling. Each car is customizable with different colors and Atari-themed decals. Customize your lineup and get racing!

Challenging Retro Minigames

A series of hacking minigames pay homage to the original Yars’ Revenge, which fans love for its top-down, quick twitch gameplay.

Stealth Traversal

Emi can’t always shoot or jump her way out of a jam—tense sections of stealth gameplay force her to duck into the shadows to hide from relentless security guards.

Classic WayForward Aesthetics

With fantastically rendered 3D environments and an ensemble of captivating characters, the WayForward team brings Emi’s story to life as only they can.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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2 Comments
SuntannedDuck2 (on 17 April 2024)

I know Way Forward are a great developer but man I thought oh it's Yars Revenge it can only go up from here because while Yars Revenge is a good game you'd think ok how are they going to take a different angle to it. Ah the most generic 2D platformer way possible. Yes because while personality wise it looks good.

Level design/moveset wise, wow stealth and speed among other things. It's a bit done to death not exciting sorry.

So we have fairly good animations yes, we have vent crawling, we have enemies that try to follow you. We have fair minigames to be still Yars Revenge but not just the boss/shields but other ways to present it. Honestly I'd rather just that than a generic 2D platformer/Metroidvania.

Heck the wings better be used in some stages or in some good gaps for platforming or else this is the most generic thing yet again.

Otherwise why should I care, give your character designs the moveset not just oh they have wings oh to fit a character design and not offer such a moveset WITH THEM, because just wings as presentation is just disappointing. Not false advertising or misleading just disappointing. (I have read the manual I don't remember the story of Yars Revenge very well or the characters names/I forget the perspective it was from).

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Shadis (on 17 April 2024)

I'm all for a new Yars game, just not sure how this ties in with the original in any way. Could end up being a great game, guess we will just have to wait and see.

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