Atari has self-published a Q&A with Atari VCS COO, Michael Arzt. Within the exec talks about QA testing, production, and the March 2020 release date for its retro throwback console. It even lightly touches on the controversy surrounding the console’s rocky journey to production – and apparently “no news is good news” for all you Indiegogo backers out there wondering what the hell is going on.
First of all, Arzt confirms that “the product is progressing according to the updated schedule of March 2020.” That gives the Atari VCS roughly four months to get finished and out the door on time. The project was given the green light on Indiegogo on June 30, 2018, receiving £2,362,318 in funding from 11,623 backers. Atari lists the VCS as in “prototype stage” on its campaign page, two stages shy of a completed project.
Communication, or lack thereof, has been a sticking point for backers of the Indiegogo campaign. The company’s official account was stripped of its mod status in the largest VCS subreddit due to attempts to mute users voicing their concerns. When asked to share Atari’s communication plans for the next few months, Artz responded with the following.