December 4th, 2019, 21:44 Posted By: wraggster
Following a string of delays, Atari announced it is "deep in the final stages of pre-production" for the Atari VCS.
Originally announced in late 2017 as the Ataribox, the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign was pushed back to summer 2018 and the console was re-branded the Atari VCS.
After raising £2.3 million on Indiegogo, the retro-inspired console was slated for March 2019 release, only to be delayed again until March 2020.
More concerns were raised just last month after Atari VCS architect Rob Wyatt announced his departure, alleging that Atari owed him and his company Tin Giant "over six months" worth of invoices.
However, in a lengthy blog post, Atari VCS COO Michael Arzt has made assurances that the Atari VCS launch is imminent, and that Indiegogo backers should be receiving their console ahead of the March release window, along with a bonus reward for their patience.
Arzt said the March 2019 delay was to improve the console's performance and lifespan, make it cooler and quieter, and adjust the gamepad and joystick following extensive testing.
"Atari will always prioritise delivering a high-quality product over a self-imposed deadline," he added. "That was true at the project's start, it was true in March 2019, and it is true today."
While Atari is still being closeted regarding certain features and partnerships, Arzt said the company is working with some very large brands, and currently on-boarding both game and app developers.
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