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Atari’s new console gets a release window, Crowdfunding kicks off soon

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While we are all going crazy about things like Destiny 2 (or maybe it is just me), and the Xbox One X, we should actually be paying attention to Atari's new console which is slowly creeping through the shadows, ready to pounce on the competition. It has been a few weeks since we reported on the design reveal of the console which we loved, seeing as it is basically a throwback to the classic 80s device. Since then we have not seen or heard much about the device until a new email giving us an update on the console arrived this morning.

Although brief, the email highlighted the plan for the console in the coming year as well as gave us a hint to a possible release window next year. If all goes well, we could own the new Ataribox and have it on our gaming shelf come this time next year. The email reads:

The buzz on Ataribox continues to grow, and we can’t wait to share more news in the weeks ahead.

Ataribox will first be made available via a crowdfunding campaign this Fall 2017 with shipments planned to start in Spring 2018.

Why Crowdfunding? Amazing brands are driven by amazing communities. Coming back to hardware is an important step for Atari, and something we intend to do carefully, hand-in-hand with the Atari community that loves our brand as much as we do. Crowdfunding is the ultimate community approach to bring great products to life; and for Atari, it allows us to reward our community with exclusive access, special editions, and include them as active participants in the rollout of the Ataribox.

Basically what we can understand from the email is that Atari will be launching a Crowdfunding campaign in the new few months which gives them a chance to work hand-in-hand with the community, which is the people who played the original games and console. This, in turn, will shape the production of it and perhaps create a fan-favourite device built by the fans. 

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