April 14, 2024

Pong is a kind of video video games that I don’t want to elucidate. I say Pong and you possibly can see it in your thoughts. However what if Pong was extra? What if that ball you batted round for many years may escape and see the world? That’s the query requested and answered in Qomp 2, Atari’s upcoming, and odd, sequel to Pong.

Okay, I do know I stated I didn’t want to elucidate Pong, however simply so everybody right here is on the identical web page, right here we go. Pong was developed and revealed by Atari in 1972 and rapidly turned a pop-culture phenomenon, a large arcade hit, and helped set up the online game trade. That includes two paddles, usually white, on a black background, gamers management these digital paddles to bounce a white block, aka the ball, forwards and backwards. If one participant misses blocking the ball with their paddle the opposite participant will get some extent. Repeat for many years. That’s Pong. However what if when the ball was banked off your paddle, it saved going and going? That’s Qomp 2. 


Atari is looking Qomp 2 an “suave reimagining of Pong.” And I’d agree. In a brand new trailer launched on August 29, we will see the unusual sequel in motion, with Pong’s iconic ball escaping and exploring new worlds and puzzle-filled ranges. Gamers will use a easy two-button management scheme to discover and escape every space. Merely faucet a button to vary route in 45-degree increments after which maintain and launch a second button to sprint ahead.

The Steam web page for Qomp 2 signifies it is going to have 30 ranges unfold throughout 4 completely different worlds. The sport will even embrace boss fights and what Atari’s calling an “enigmatic story” about “doubt, worry, and self-acceptance.” In different phrases, this ain’t your grandpa’s Pong, that’s for positive.

If Qomp 2 appears acquainted past its connection to Pong, that’s as a result of it’s a sequel to a smaller indie recreation, Qomp, launched in 2021. That recreation had the same idea however on a smaller scale, and was developed by Stuffed Wombat. This new, greater follow-up isn’t being developed by Stuffed Wombat, but they seem happy about Qomp 2. 

Atari didn’t share a launch date for Qomp 2 past coming quickly. Within the meantime, I suppose you may play Pong when you wait.