Thirty-one years. Warlords was released as an arcade cabinet by Atari thirty-one years ago. By contrast, I am only 28 years old. This game was, quite literally, before my time. Now, that’s not to say that I never experienced the cabinet. I spent many hours in arcades when I was but a wee lad, and Warlords, while not a regular favorite, got its fair share of time.
This summer, thirty-one years later, Warlords returns to the arcade. Xbox LIVE Arcade, that is (and PSN, but PSN didn’t fit in with my witty segue). The gameplay is reminiscent of a four-way, inward-facing game of Breakout where the other players’ bases are your targets. There aren’t many changes to the original formula, except the addition of more chaos. There will be a single player campaign that consists of the standard gameplay stages, as well as co-op missions that run like Smash Brothers.
So far, the expected price point is between 800-1200MSP and $9.99-$14.99.