ARVORE and Atari announced the upcoming sequel to Pixel Ripped is set to arrive on all major headsets next month.

Update (May 22nd, 2023): ARVORE confirmed with Road to VR that Pixel Ripped 1978 is coming to Quest 2, PSVR 2, and SteamVR headsets on June 15th.

We’re sure to see plenty more gameplay between now and then. In the meantime, the studio released a behind-the-scenes look at the game’s development, posted below this update. The original article follows below:

Original Article (March 22nd, 2023): To bring the latest entry in the Pixel Ripped franchise to life, the Sao Paolo, Brazil-based Arvore has struck a major branding partnership with iconic gaming house ATARI.

In the trailer, you’ll see an Atari 2600 and a number of games, such as Crystal Castles (1983), Fast Freddie (1982), and Yars Revenge (1982).

While not the most influential titles to grace the console over its 15-year lifespan (1977-1992), the partnership is essentially allowing the studio to dispense with the ‘Pretendo’ and ‘GearKid’ soundalike consoles and near-beer versions of classic games, offering up a more direct homage to late ’70s and early ’80s gaming.

Here’s how Arvore and ATARI describe Pixel Ripped 1978:

Dot must join forces with “Bug,” the quirky visionary who developed the original Pixel Ripped series. Help Dot maneuver through multidimensional challenges to protect Bug’s childhood memories from the evil Cyblin Lord, a villain able to break through the screen and invade the real world. In the game.  The setting? The intense burst of creativity that vibrated through the San Jose suburbs in the late 70s and early 80s. Feel the mighty effects of how the Pixel Stone alters reality itself!

The franchise’s titles are standalone experiences, which also includes Pixel Ripped 1989 (2018) and Pixel Ripped 1995 (2020). 

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Atari CEO Wade Rosen says Pixel Ripped 1978 is also aimed at “fans of Pixel Ripped and […] the broader Atari community.”

Pixel Ripped 1978 is slated to launch on PC, PSVR 2, Meta Quest 2, and PlayStation 5 at some point this summer.

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  • Octogod

    Brilliant. So happy to see this series continue!

    • Carlos

      Best VR game in my opinion.

  • sfmike

    Is there a rule now that all games have to have female protagonists?

    • brandon9271

      probably. game devs are under a lot of pressure to be woke these days

      • Alexisms

        What do you mean by woke?

        • Jonathan Winters III

          Woke = conforming to artificial social norms created by media controllers.

          • Alexisms

            As the cliche goes “show you don’t understand what woke means without saying “i don’t know what woke means””

          • Daniel Meyer

            I find it hilarious, that so many Americans believe Woke is something bad. Same as socialism is something bad. No wonder the US is such a shitshow and citizens are suffering that much for basic rights… It baffles me how they need up to 4 jobs to be able to pay rent and even then they are just living paycheck to paycheck. In socialistic Europe I just went down to a 4 workday week to have more time for myself and am earning enough to have bought a own house and this with 40% taxes. And I am pretty much in the middle of our country regarding the height of wages.

            How did it come that hate and fear for women and people who are different grow that much in the US? Didnt you fought against Nazis once? Why do you start to become like them?

        • Max-Dmg

          Current Netflix/Disney is a good example lol. They’ve fallen to the dark side :P

      • Max-Dmg

        Yeah, keeps ruining what could have been good games.

        • disqus_o4N8KCTF90

          Are you allergic to women or something?

          • Max-Dmg

            The men pretending to be women that you are meaning, yeah.

        • NL_VR

          If you trying to hide your homosexuality it’s not the way to go

          • Max-Dmg

            Because that comment makes sense. I’ve probably had more women in a month than you will have in your life.

          • NL_VR

            Yes it is common homosexual men have lots of sexual relationships

      • disqus_o4N8KCTF90

        Having a female character is woke? Lol

    • ViRGiN

      common sense that if you don’t feature females/black/lgbt then it’s a racist game nowadays.

      • sfmike

        BINGO!

        • Daniel Meyer

          Wow… Let me guess you guys are american… Figures…

          You know, maybe it would be the best you don’t play games with female protagonists at all. Or better, dont play games with females in it at all if you are so unsecure about this. Or even better: How about you stop playing videogames and stop posting nonsense on the net? This is ridiclious and I am ashamed to be the same gender as you.

      • Daniel Meyer

        Nothing tells me more that you are racists, than being offended by awareness against racissm.

        • ViRGiN

          Your profile picture tells me you are a degenerate

    • Sagefire

      The player character in Pixel Ripped 1995 was a boy named David, so apparently not.

    • vancleefmustache

      I don’t know, maybe because the creator of Pixel Ripped is female like around 50 percent of the population on this planet. I never understand people who get so bent out of shape when the protagonist of whatever game/movie/book/whatever isn’t the same gender, race or sexual orientation. You do understand that you are just playing a character. You are not actually Nathan Drake either, even if you show up to work everyday wearing a shoulder gun holster.

      • NL_VR

        Hes probably homosexual who only want men