The Pong Paddle is coming back via Atari’s action RPG Pong Quest.
If you’re not sure what Pong is, it’s arguably the most simple game ever created. Atari’s 1972 table tennis title sports monochromatic visuals, as you’d imagine, and a simple HUD that displays the score. That’s it. You can imagine why a modernisation of the title is both intriguing and concerning. It’s not necessarily needed. Pong’s simplicity isn’t reliant on graphics or colours. You feel Pong is only ever going to be as fun as it was in 1972.
With all that in mind, you can check out an exclusive gameplay trailer from IGN here.
From what we can see, it just looks like a slightly modernized version of the 1972 original. There are cosmetic upgrades for the Pong Paddle you play as, improved periphery visuals and effects, but that looks like it from Pong Quest. It doesn’t look anywhere near as impressive as the trailers for Pacman Championship Edition DX, for example.
Pong is Pong. There’s only so much Atari could reasonably do to improve the incredibly basic game. Dungeon crawling was apparently the best avenue for improvement. Pong Quest shows signs of including rudimentary dungeoneering through its RPG elements. It looks basic but fun enough with opportunities for nostalgia via the inclusion of features from older Atari classics.
Will this be enough to bring Pong back to the forefront of arcade gaming?
Atari COO Jean-MArcel Nicolai has said:
“PONG as an RPG is something completely unexpected, but wonderful in execution. We are thrilled to bring PONG Quest to life to honor the classic IP and bring the beloved gameplay to a new generation of players and RPG fans.”
Pong Quest will be available on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One this Spring. For more information, check out Atari’s site here. Nintendo also announced they are bringing a number of Mario titles to the Nintendo Switch soon. Check out our article on that here.