Well the 1st June is upon us, and as predicted the standard ‘estimation’ update from Retro Computers surfaces at 08:00am this morning, Ironically this is 24hrs after one journalist from the BBC made the following statement:
This no doubt shook Retro Computers Ltd MD, Suzanne Martin and Director Dr. David Levy into action, as previously when the BBC attempted to cover this article last year, RCL threatened to take them to court over the article raised. This time however no such action appears to be on the horizon, especially given Indiegogo’s deadline breach that RCL assured every console would be in backers hands by the end of May.
Updated: RCL as of 10:00am this morning have responded back:
In addition, word also seems to be travelling fast of Retro Computers Ltd, lack of competence for producing retro hardware (especially given the successful campaign by Atari so far) as Ethical Marketing News also followed up the story for more information:
While no response has been made to the individual above directly RCL’s comment this morning went as follows:
Just so everyone’s clear, they originally stated the batch would be released between 8-12th last month, then slipped up during social media rant’s to upset backers that they hadn’t sent out any hardware due to licencing issues (which they’d not sorted out within the last 2 years), then setup a poll asking anyone (who wasn’t blocked from their facebook page, in this case backers who hadn’t complained for refunds) if they would like games/no games on the system, therefore breaching Indiegogo’s policy on changing the terms of the pledge, while also highlighting that if they were still able to flash the units accordingly then the devices still remained incomplete.
The only reason RCL have presently extended the deadline is to show Indiegogo and the BBC that they are still looking to release the machine, no more, no less, in the hopes of the story being buried under other news.
Suffice to say from reading the social media outlets, there are a lot of unhappy backers crying out for Indiegogo to take charge of the situation and return the money from the toxic brand.
Whether this white lie is accepted by the news outlet and the Indie platform is another matter as RCL have so far manage to break multiple deadlines over the last 2 years. Which given the complete lack of images of the version 2 device, straying away from the Rick Dickinson design, to which most backers paid money for, and the promise of 1000 licence pre-installed games, it’s starting to look bleak for the company. However I have receive a funny communication from a aquientance (who incidentally supplies with with non-transferable warranty stickers for console repairs) that an order for 300 stickers with unique serial numbers was made just yesterday. Wouldn’t surprise me if these are being linked to an imaginary manufacture date and added to a couple of prototypes to give an indication of action should the BBC come pursuing further.
On co-incidental news, Suzanne Martin has recently registered in April a new limited company ‘Primate Limited’, a media production company to which she is currently the only shareholder. Whether this is related to Retro Computers Ltd for production of footage, or has had assets transferred to it remains to be seen. But it does raise questions how a person can have time to run a 2nd limited company, but cannot resolve a manufacturing issue at their primary place of work.
Meanwhile, backers have been contacting, Watchdog, IGN, Eurogamer, Kotaku, Which and many, many more to raise aware to the situation to bring this situation to a wider public arena to gain traction and resolve this nightmare situation.