Atari today announced the development of BattleZone for the PlayStation Portable, a modern update to the 1980 classic arcade game. BattleZone immerses players in an interactive world with relentless onslaughts of quick, action-oriented battles. In development by Paradigm Entertainment, BattleZone for the PSP system will blast onto global terrain in November 2006. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The BattleZone arcade game broke the mold for vehicle action combat in 1980, and todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s version will reinvent this classic property into a modern day must-have,Ã¢â‚¬? said Stephen Baer, Senior Product Manager, Atari, Inc. Ã¢â‚¬Å“BattleZone for the PSP system offers the fast-paced action and addictive gameplay that meets the demands of todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s on-the-go generation.Ã¢â‚¬?
Set in futuristic international military environments, BattleZone puts players in control of highly maneuverable hover tanks, challenging them in close combat scenarios against their rivals. BattleZone features fast and furious gameplay, photo-realistic environments, eight unique customizable team vehicles, an assortment of high-powered weapons and multiplayer battles. The four-player WiFi mode lets players go head to head, while unlockable weapons, vehicles and upgrades add even greater depth to the gameplay experience. In addition, extra game content will be available through the BattleZone web site, offering gamers news, leader boards and an exclusive online level builder tool that allows players to customize game maps. The extra content can then be downloaded to the playersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ PSP system through a local PC-USB connection.