Atari VCS Architect Quits Over Lack of Pay

Atari’s often delayed Atari VCS retro console is still not out. Now, according to a post from The Register, things aren’t looking good as the project architect has quit.

On October 4, Rob Wyatt, quit the project claiming Atari hasn’t paid invoices dating back six months. Wyatt designed the updated look of the VCS through his agency, Tin Giant. “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.” Wyatt says, “As a small company, we have been lucky to survive this long.”

This is the latest in a series of troubles Atari faces, with a man suing the company for using his idea of an updated console. In 2017, after the initial reveal and a successful Indiegogo campaign raised $3 million USD, the VCS was set to launch earlier this year.

In response to the article on The Register, Atari released a statement to Gamasutra:

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“It is Atari’s policy not to comment on an isolated matter under dispute, only to say that the Atari VCS project has always been a team effort and its success has never been and will never be dependent on any single individual or partner. We remain confident in the Atari VCS as the entire team works diligently to bring forth its vision according to plan, and we will continue to communicate accordingly over the coming weeks and months, including hands-on presentations to key media and partners planned for later this fall.”

It isn’t looking good for the retro console right now, and the way things are going, it isn’t likely we’ll see this console this year, or even ever.

Even with Atari releasing a post on Medium featuring some of the technology used in the VCS’s current build, and images of the factory floor where the console is being assembled. Only time will tell, I guess?

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