Jeff Minter, the creator of TxK, has taken to Twitter and his own website to accuse Atari of blocking the release of the psychedelic shooter on other platforms, including PC and PS4.
Minter describes TxK as a “distantly related sequel” to Tempest 2000 but Atari seem to disagree and are pursuing legal action against him. The reason behind all of this is made clear in a post on Minter’s website where he runs through a long list of the accusations sent his way by Atari, including that he “stole secrets and source code during his time working on Tempest 2000”.
He also states that he tried to convince Atari to let him use official Tempest branding for TxK ports but was met with nothing but “intransigence”. Atari have also insisted that TxK be removed from the PlayStation Vita store as he is making money from what they perceive to be their property.
A series of tweets indicate just how upset Minter is with Atari by saying how he “loved working for Atari” to then follow up by saying he “never one day imagined he would be savaged by its undead corpse”.
Atari are yet to comment on the matter.
UPDATE: Atari has released a statement to VentureBeat, stating that while there is no lawsuit, they have been in touch since release hoping that the matter would be resolved:
Atari values and protects its intellectual property and expects others to respect its copyrights and trademarks. When Llamasoft launched TxK in early 2014, Atari was surprised and dismayed by the very close similarities between TxK and the Tempest franchise. Atari was not alone in noticing the incredible likeness between the titles. Several major gaming outlets also remarked at the similarity of features and overall appearance of TxK to Tempest; one stated of TxK, “This is essentially Tempest.” There is no lawsuit. Atari has been in continuous contact with the developer since the game launched in hopes that the matter would be resolved.