Unreleased ‘Star Raiders II’ For Atari 8-Bit Shared Online By Original Developer Aric Wilmunder

Atari-Star-Raiders-II-Released-By-Original-DeveloperMany fans of the Atari 8-Bit computer range will not doubt be familiar with Star Raiders II. This deep space adventure was a graphical take on a much earlier text-based Star Trek game from the 70s. Having said that though, an ex-Atari developer recently surfaced online to announce that the Star Raiders II which saw release was anything but what it should have been. To back up his claim, Aric Wilmunder has shared with the retro gaming world the true and original Star Raiders II ROM for all to see.

This confusing past behind an iconic title is mainly down to the turmoil Atari was facing around the time of the game’s release. As Wikipedia shows, the game saw several versions and tie-ins in development, all before Wilmunder found himself working at LucasArts. Appearing on the Antic Atari 8-Bit Podcast, Wilmunder’s goes on to discuss his colourful past along with what happened to the original version of Star Raiders II.

Needless to say this episode of the Antic Podcast is a fascinating listen for anyone interested in video game history and preservation. Since the discussion too, Wilmunder has provided access to the original Star Raiders II on the Internet Archive, along with an interesting read from himself regarding the game’s history.

Star Raiders II (Atari 8-Bit) Gameplay

Link: Download Star Raiders II (Atari 8-Bit) ROM

Link: Antic Atari 8-Bit Podcast Interview with Wilmunder

Source: Vintage is the New Old



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