Atari Revival Offers Same 88 Percent Revenue Split as Epic Game Store

Atari is still working on its new console the Atari VCS. What’s clear by now is that this new console is not a retro console like the SNES Mini, but a new fully-fledged system with a dedicated Atari app store. And developers who agree to make exclusive games for the store will receive the same revenue cut as on the Epic Games Store.In a new blog post, Atari has outlined its plans for how developers can begin making games for the upcoming Atari VCS. According to the company, there will be a digital app store for the console. Developers can submit their games or apps directly through the store for certification.

Any app or game that’s exclusive to the Atari VCS will receive an 88/12 revenue split, the same as Epic Games Store. Non-exclusive content will receive an 80/20 revenue split, which is still more generous than Steam’s 70/30 split.

Atari VCS

The new Atari console will support Unity and standard Linux tools and is working to integrate other popular development engines for “additional flexibility.” Furthermore, developers won’t have to request a development kit as every Atari VCS can be used as a dev kit.

The Atari VCS was announced in 2017. While its announcement was timed with retro consoles like the SNES Mini, Atari said the VCS was a modern system capable of running games in 4K resolution, HDR, and 60fps. Atari said it was a less ambitious Steam Machine.

There have been some questions regarding the Atari VCS after it launched an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign. Questions regarding its production haven’t been answered by the company, and Atari’s lead console engineer publicly quit the development team in October this year.Atari still says the console is on track for development and this blog post shows Atari is still updating the public on the system. For more, check out our preview of the Atari VCS from GDC.

Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.




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