Atari legend denies working on ‘unreleased’ games Atari sells for up to $ 150
Legendary Atari developer Howard Scott Warshaw has denied being involved in any “unreleased” games currently sold by Atari for up to $ 150.
Atari this week launched a new label called Atari XP, in which it plans to sell “never-released and rare Atari games from the 1970s and 1980s”.
The company claims in its marketing that the titles were created by Howard Scott Warshaw, one of Atari’s most famous game designers.
The first three games on the Atari XP site are:
- Saboteur, a “creative multi-level shooter developed by Howard Scott Warshaw in 1983 but never released”
- The Return of Yars, a sequel to Yars’ Revenge “created by Howard Scott Warshaw and slated for release in 1983”
- Aquaventure, a game apparently designed in 1983 and attributed on the site to Howard Scott Warshaw
Atari sells each game in two forms: a standard cartridge at $ 49.99 and a “limited edition” cartridge at $ 149.99 which includes a poster, printed manual, collectible pin and badge, and Certificate of Authenticity. .
However, VGC reached out to Howard Scott Warshaw, who confirmed to us that he had nothing to do with two of the three games sold as his creations.
Warshaw confirmed to us that Saboteur was his game. “I wrote Saboteur almost in its entirety,” he says. “It was scheduled to be released in 1984.”
However, Yars’ Return was not created by the designer and is not “scheduled for release in 1983,” as the Atari XP site claims, he said.
“There was no Yars’ Revenge sequel planned for 1983 and I didn’t write one,” Warshaw told VGC. “The Return of Yars was Curt Vendel’s hack of my game many years later, and he deserves credit for it. I had nothing to do with it. “
An article on Atari’s Facebook page in 2020 even corroborates Warshaw’s claims, stating, “Did you know? Yars’ Return was originally released as a homebrew, but will later be adopted into the official Atari library and released to the Atari Flashback 2 console in 2005!
As for Aquaventure, which is also credited to Warshaw on the site, Warshaw tells us, “Aquaventure is something I’ve never heard of or anything to do with. The idea that I am the designer on it is totally wrong. Anyone who reads my Once Upon Atari book will know all about my work at Atari and realize the truth about these games.
Warshaw is known for making one of the best games on the Atari system, the original Yars’ Revenge, as well as the critically acclaimed game adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
However, it is Warshaw’s work as it was designed on the infamous Atari 2600 version of ET the Alien – which he only had five weeks to write – for which he is the more famous. The game was such a commercial failure that the unsold cartridges were buried in a landfill in New Mexico.
Despite this, Warshaw remains a legendary figure among Atari fans, so the opportunity to purchase boxed cartridges of his unreleased games would be a tantalizing prospect for many fans of the console.
Unfortunately, it appears that, according to Warshaw, two of the three games sold were not his work.