Look - more awesome Ataribox news!
Last month, the Ataribox's website also went offline, sparking speculation that the whole idea had been ditched.
Apparently not though, with Atari announcing, alongside the relaunch of several classic Atari games, that "for the first time at an event, see a prototype of the 'Ataribox Project', Atari’s first major hardware platform in over twenty years!"
Before you get too excited though, the announcement comes with an unnerving glut of great-sounding blurb but very limited product detail.
From the announcement: "Inspired by the iconic silhouette and style of the legendary Atari 2600 Video Computer System, Atari’s new entertainment platform has already generated tons of positive fan feedback.
"Thanks to its skillful blend of modern lines and reverential details, it has evoked positive reactions from long-standing and new Atari enthusiasts. Now, for the first time, see and touch a fully realized prototype of the new platform in person!"
But no launch details, no firm specs, no details on what has caused the delays or whether they have been overcome. We will ask Atari CEO Fred Chesnais about them when we catch up with him later this month.
"See and touch". Nothing about playing it.
What is important to understand is that Atari isn't the company that you may imagine: it has less than 10 employees and doesn't really build anything. Each of its ventures has relied on crowdsourcing, indicating that the company has no capital to draw on.
They're almost up to ten employees now?
The hot tub parties must be getting crowded!
Edited by Nathan Strum, Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:19 PM.