Atari Turns Godzilla Loose Again

As fans prepare to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Godzilla’s 1954 big-screen debut, Atari is bringing the Tokyo destroyer back to the game console this fall with Godzilla: Save the Earth. And we’re not talking about the Dean Devlin/Roland Emmerich 1999 incarnation. We’re talking classic Toho atomic monster mayhem.

Developed by Eugene, Oregon-based Pipeworks, makers of Atari’s 2002 hit Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, Godzilla: Save the Earth promises to faithfully recreate the look and feel of the cult film franchise as Godzilla faces off against more than 18 classic Toho monsters including King Ghidorah, Gigan, Mothra, SpaceGodzilla and Biollante.

The epic battle for Earth will range across the globe in more than a dozen massive, destructible city environments including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Osaka and New York.

Players will have nine game modes to choose from including Action, the mission-based single-player game; Challenges, a series of single-player challenges to complete; Custom, where players can set the parameters of a fight; and Versus, the classic one-on-one melee battle. Also included are mini-games such as rail-type arcade sequences.

Godzilla: Save the Earth is expected to ship this fall for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Both versions will also feature a variety of online multiplayer options for up to four players.