TxK Ports Cancelled After Atari Claims Copyright Violation

2014-06-27-145140Llamasoft's TxK was released to almost universal acclaim on the PS Vita early last year, and its success meant it was only a matter of time before the game's creator and industry legend Jeff Minter looked towards porting the title to other platforms.

These other platforms were to be Android, the PS4 and PC - along with an Oculus Rift compatible version (which I have sampled...and it is as mind-blowing as you'd expect). It seems that these ports have now been cancelled however, after news emerged earlier today that Atari has launched a copyright infringement claim against Minter, in which the former gaming giant accused Llamasoft of stealing the source code for TxK and also implementing other features in the game (namely allowing the ship to jump and certain art assets) that Atari lay claim to.

The story came to light when Minter tweeted: 'So yeah all the stuff we had ready or near ready will now never see the light of day. No TxK PC, PS4, Oculus, GearVR, Android. Thank 'Atari.'' followed by a link to a forum post detailing the case which has apparently been going on for some time behind the scenes.

Whether this issue can be resolved so that PC, Android and PS4 gamers get to sample the delights of TxK, a pseudo update of Llamasoft's outstanding 1994 Atari Jaguar title Tempest 2000, is yet to be seen.

Please note that the first link below goes to Pastebin as the original post at YakYak.org has experienced high traffic and is currently unavailable.

The second link is to the letter from Atari's law firm to Llamasoft outlining their case.


Link: Jeff Minter's Statement on Atari Copyright Claim

Link: Atari Legal Letter Outlining Copyright Infringement

Last Updated ( 18 March 2015 )  

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(Link to this comment) CraZyEddy2010 2015-03-18 20:21
+1 (Link to this comment) BuckoA51 2015-03-18 22:21
#boycottatari on Twitter
+1 (Link to this comment) ewjim 2015-03-18 23:35
A sad day that a gaming pioneer isn't given the respect he deserves... especially by a defunct hollow entity such as atari. No typo there. They don't deserve the capital A as they aren't relevant.
(Link to this comment) Tomleecee 2015-03-19 07:04
Yeah, it's shocking state of affairs, but if you read the legal letter from Atari's lawyers it's pretty conclusive (although some of it is clearly rubbish). It's sad because this entity calling itself Atari has absolutely nothing to do with the company that brought us the Jag, 2600 etc etc. It's basically Infogrames trying to make a fast buck out of somebody else's hard work. Minter even states in his forum/blog post that he offered to make everything 'legit' by doing a deal with 'Atari' by licensing the IP etc. But it seems the suits just want to run Llamasoft into the ground for no good reason. This looks very, very bad on them. All I can say is that I will not be purchasing any of their future releases and that probably goes for a lot of others too.
(Link to this comment) ewjim 2015-03-19 09:55
They don't really have any releases do they? Terminator Salvation and Alone in the Dark.

(Link to this comment) Speedle 2015-03-19 14:33
I guess what's left of atari is so desperate for any penny they can get they will do anything... sad times indeed. Hopefully this will only harden Jeff's resolve to keep bringing awesomeness to our gaming screens.

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