It's little more than a footnote for nostalgic video game fans these days, but Swordquest is something truly special for kids of a certain generation. And now it's coming back to life.
A quick refresher: Swordquest was a four-part video game for the Atari 2600 that was one of the first attempts at an action adventure game, and each installment came packaged with a comic book that fleshed out the story. Things were going great until Atari ran out of money and wasn't able to finish the last game in the early '80s. Along with the games and comics, the series also included cash prizes for devoted players who found all the secrets buried within the games.
Now, Atari is teaming up with Dynamite Entertainment to bring the comics back to life — albeit with a meta touch. Instead of focusing on the original games' heroes, these new comics will focus on the unreleased game and a kid's decades-long quest to play the unreleased final installment in the series. The protagonist, Peter Case, falls on hard times and has to move back home ... but there he rediscovers his old Atari system and falls back into the world of Swordquest.
The new Swordquest will be co-written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims (X-Men ’92), with art by Scott Kowalchuck (Batman '66). George Perez, the comics' original artist from the '80s run, will also be back to work up some variant covers. The first issue of the new Swordquest hits comic stores in May. Sadly, no word on whether the long-lost final game will ever see the light of day.
Check out some cover art via Polygon below and let us know what you think.