If you go back and read the news I posted (contained in the first message of this thread), I stated that Atari licensed the rights to produce the game for the 7800, just as they did with Q*bert for the 2600. So that makes it a little bit more believable, since there is some precedence for Atari having licensed rights from Parker Brothers.
Didn't Atari just buy Parker Brothers's video game catalog outright, along with Coleco's?
As for this "prototype," all I can say is, way cool. I hope it gets finished, and I hope it keeps the Q*Bert
name. I know, copyright infringement and all that, but it would be such a shame to turn it into something else at this point.