Yes, that Pong.

Atari announced PONG Quest, a new role-playing game that is based off of the classic PONG. If you are wondering just how they can make an RPG out of PONG, you certainly aren't alone. I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that this is an April Fools joke, right? I thought so too! I really did. And then I kept reading the press release I was sent. Then I saw the trailer reveal (seen below) and the key art in the press kit. It was only then, after I looked at everything, that I realized that this is most certainly a real thing.

PONG Quest is currently in development by Chequered Ink. The game will be published by Atari, and is currently looking to be released "soon" to PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Players assume the role of a "brave young paddle traversing a variety of treacherous dungeons." All of these locations will be "loosely based" on other classic Atari franchises. These franchises include Asteroids, Centipede, and others. Your adventures will take you far and wide in an effort to save the PONG World and reveal the mysteries of the Spooky Door.

PONG Quest is going to retail for just $14.99 (USD) when it releases at some point this Spring. PONG Quest will also feature some classic and competitive modes if you just need a quick fix of PONG in your life.

In PONG Quest, you’ll explore a fantasy world as you encounter a variety of paddle opponents in energetic, RPG-esque battles! Special unlockable PONG balls add new depths and strategy to the classic gameplay putting a fresh and modern spin on the original.

Classic, competitive, and online battle modes round out the fun, complementing a fantastical story-mode — it’s PONG like you’ve never seen it before, but everything you love about it!

Additional Key Features Include:
  • Paddle Customization: Design and personalize your own Paddle avatar with fun clothing, accessories, and more.
  • Powerups Galore: Over 50 specialized PONG balls, each with their own unique attributes, grant players the ability to make their bounce-backs fiercer than ever.
  • PONG for All: Engage in multiplayer mayhem with up to three other players, each with the ability to use specialized PONG balls, creating unpredictable twists and immeasurable fun.

PONG Quest