Atari lawyers have demanded TxK be removed from sale, including all forthcoming ports over copyright claims.
That’s because its creator, Jeff Minter, is allegedly receiving a lot of legal pressure from Atari.
Minter previously worked at Atari while developing Tempest 2000 and is now saying the company is preventing him from releasing TxK on other platforms beyond PS Vita.
The first Tempest game arrived in 1981 and then Tempest 2000 was released in 1994, developed by Minter.
It wasn’t until 20 years later that Minter released TxK on the PS Vita, but there’s no getting away from the fact it has been inspired by the Tempest games.
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Atari, as rights holder for the Tempest games, has issued Minter with legal documents accusing him of copyright theft and outlined all the ways in which it thinks Minter is in the wrong.
You can read Minter’s account of the situation on YakYak – but be warned it contains a fair few expletives, as Minter is understandably a bit peeved.
Atari has gone so far as to say that Minter is “deliberately setting out to cash in on Atari’s copyrighted Tempest name”.
Minter doesn’t go into detail about what Atari wants from him, including any info on damages. But Minter does say Atari wants the PS Vita version removed from sale.