Tempest was a classic arcade title that polarized gamers. You either liked it or did not get it. There really was no in between on this game. The man behind it, Jeff Minter, also handled the amazing Atari Jaguar port called Tempest 2000, and the game TxK for Llamasoft. TxK hit the Playstation Vita last year and it was generally received quite well, at least that is what everyone thought. It seems there were a few people in the world that were not happy with TxK and now they have taken legal action against it and Llamasoft. This does not look good.
Atari has seemingly pitched their flag on the TxK planetoid and are pushing forward with legal action to prove ownership of the idea. This is obviously bad news. TxK was planned to come to the Playstation 4, PC, Android and even Oculus Rift and GearVR headsets. Jeff Minter has mentioned in a tweet, listed below, that these versions are now dead in the water.
‘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.”
Jeff Minter’s Twitter is currently full of bits and pieces of information on the situation from his point of view. It seems that things are note exactly staying “professional” in Atari’s claims against the classic game creator.
TxK is a homage style update to the 1994 Tempest 2000 that appeared on the Atari Jaguar and also personal computers. The game features a playfield that extends into the screen with your player ship on the closest end and enemies coming towards it. Shooting the enemies dispatches them from the game, repeating this process will eventually trigger the next level. The Tempest series of games are quite interesting and challenging, if you get them.
Retrocollect has links to various pieces of the litigation from both Jeff Minter and Atari so head over and read up on it.