Atari VCS console architect resigns, citing no pay in six months

October 09, 2019 1 min read

A report from technology website The Register has revealed that the retro-themed Atari VCS console is suffering further serious in its development, with its latest dilemma being the resignation of project architect Rob Wyatt on October 4.

Wyatt claims that Atari "haven't paid invoices going back over six months" to his design consultancy, Tin Giant, noting that it's amazing that his team have been able to keep operating. "I was hoping to see the project through to the end and that it wouldn't come to this, but I have little choice other than to pursue other opportunities."

The resignation of Wyatt is the latest in a line of problems that the VCS has faced since its initial "Ataribox" announcement back in the summer of 2017. After the initial reveal, things went a little quiet for a while, before a successful Indiegogo campaign raised an eventual $3 million USD from backers, with the console originally expected to arrive in June of 2019.

Not helping matters is the fact that Feargal Mac, who first put forth the idea of a new VCS console to Atari, eventually sued the developer, claiming that they reneged on a deal to provide him a cut from the crowd-funding revenue. This is not to speak of disgruntled backers who were still waiting on concrete details pertaining to the Atari VCS, its infrastructure, and its official release, which had gone overdue. As it stands today, the Atari VCS is expected to launch in March 2020.

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