There may be trouble with Atari and its upcoming Atari VCS console. Rob Wyatt, who was working as the architect and main developer of the system with his Tin Giant team, has resigned. Wyatt told The Register that he quit as of October 4, 2019, after not being paid for over six months for work on the Atari VCS.
Wyatt also offered an update on what was going on recently with the Atari VCS. He noted the prototype motherboard arrived in September 2019 and Tin Giant’s debugging of it had just begun. Wyatt is also working with The Last Gameboard, a company that has been around for a while, as a CTO making its own table-top system.
This is the second time Atari has dealt with payment issues involving the Atari VCS. Feargal Mac Conuladh came up with the idea of the system and was supposed to be a general manager. On July 13, 2018, he began the process of suing Atari over not receiving payment totalling $112,000. The case was settled on May 7, 2019.
Meanwhile, at about the same time news broke about Wyatt’s resignation, Atari released a project update on Medium. It showed off the pre-production printed circuit board, the casing showing how it might look, and confirmed that the Atari BIOS can be run on the pre-production units. The other team Atari has working on the system is SurfaceInk, who presumably is still at work on the system.
When The Register reached out to Atari for a comment, PR firm ÜberStrategist Inc said, “Atari wishes to inform you that some of your questions indicate that you possess information that is incorrect and/or outdated. In addition, some aspects of the Atari VCS project clearly have been leaked to you in violation of existing confidentiality agreements, and Atari therefore hereby reserves its rights in that respect.” The Atari VCS is currently scheduled to launch in March 2020 in North America, with $249.99 400 4GB and $389.99 800 GB models available.
Source: The Register