As predicted by the sage GameFly, Atari's Star Raiders is indeed being updated for new audiences. Incinerator Studios, formerly a THQ-owned dev (Cars) is making a new space combat game based on the classic for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, due in early 2011.

The new version will still focus on spaceship dogfights, energy pool management, and navigation of a "galactic map," but also includes ship transformation features. Players will also be able to take part in epic space battles online in several multiplayer modes. "Great games such as X-Wing and Wing Commander were influenced by this Atari classic," Incinerator president Joel Goodman told GameSpot in an interview. Now we'll get to see what happens when Star Raiders influences ... Star Raiders.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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