Tempest 4000

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Tempest 4000
Tempest 4000 logo.png
Publisher(s)Atari, SA
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • WW: July 17, 2018
Genre(s)Shoot 'em up

Tempest 4000 is a shoot 'em up video game developed by Llamasoft and published by Atari, SA.


Tempest 4000 is a shoot 'em up video game. Players take a control of the Claw, a spacecraft that can shoot at enemies and obstructions. Levels take place on geometric prisms. The goal of the game is to survive each level by eliminating enemies as soon as possible and to achieve high scores for leaderboard positions. The game features one hundred levels and three game modes: standard, pure, and endurance.[1]


Tempest 4000 was developed by Llamasoft, a company founded by British video game designer and programmer Jeff Minter.[1] In 1994, Minter created Tempest 2000—a remake of the 1981 arcade game Tempest—for the Atari Jaguar.[1][2] In 2015, Llamasoft released the Tempest-inspired video game TxK independently for the PlayStation Vita.[1] Due to similarities between Tempest and TxK, Atari, SA blocked the release of TxK on other platforms.[1] Minter was unhappy with Atari's intervention; however despite this, he partnered with the company to create Tempest 4000.[1]

The game supports native 4K resolution and features a soundtrack inspired by 1990s-era techno music.[1]


Tempest 4000 was announced August 2017, and the game was showcased later that month at Gamescom.[1] The game was expected to release on Windows-based personal computers, and the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One video game consoles.[3] Tempest 4000 was scheduled to be released on the PlayStation 4 on 28 March 2018 but was delayed with no new release date announced.[4]

In July 2018 Tempest 4000 was released for multiple platforms.[5]

Atari later announced that the game would be a launch title for their upcoming Atari VCS microconsole in 2019, but this was denied by Llamasoft.[6][7]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Yin-Poole, Wesley (8 August 2017). "Tempest 4000 is real, Jeff Minter is developing it and Atari is publishing it". Eurogamer. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  2. ^ O'Connor, Alice (8 August 2017). "Jeff Minter making Tempest 4000 for Atari". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  3. ^ Moyse, Chris (6 September 2017). "Footage surfaces for Jeff Minter's Tempest 4000". Destructoid. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  4. ^ Clements, Ryan (23 March 2018). "The Drop: New PlayStation Games for 3/27/2018". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  5. ^ https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/07/tempest-4000-finally-lives-after-delays-legal-threats-but-whats-up-on-pc/
  6. ^ "Atari VCS: Game, Stream, Connect Like Never Before". Indiegogo. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  7. ^ https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/935946-atari-vcs-is-fake-tempest-4000-developers-call-out-atari-for-lying-about-their-game-running-on-the-system/

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