The Intellivision Amico, a reboot of the 1980s console meant to enchantment to households and informal audiences with trendy video games, can be delayed to an April 2021 launch. It was initially given an October 2020 launch window.
Intellivision chief govt Tommy Tallarico introduced the delay in a broadcast Wednesday afternoon to followers and backers of the crowd-funded console. Tallarico attributed the delay to the manufacturing challenges imposed by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of Intellivision’s finest efforts to hit their promised launch date. This is the challenge’s first delay.
To get the unit on cabinets in October, Tallarico mentioned, would have required compromising on options and facilities he and the designers assume are important to the Intellivision Amico. “Our [launch] date is going to be determined by specific quality criteria that the team has defined, and not a day before,” Tallarico mentioned.
He hopes to place a “founder’s edition” of the Amico in early backers’ arms on April 3, 2021 (“That’s four-three-two-one, launch” Tallarico mentioned, punning on the date format.)
Tallarico introduced plans for the Intellivision Amico in October 2018, pegging it for an Oct. 10, 2020 launch on the time. The project was offered on the Fig hybrid crowdfunding platform, and it has drawn a mixed $5.5 million in backing and pre-orders from Fig and different sources. In May, J Allard, the Xbox co-founder, mentioned he was becoming a member of Intellivision Entertainment as international managing director, to assist deliver the console to market.
Intellivision’s Fig site is taking $100 deposits for each variations of its console, at $249 and $279. The Amico will include a number of titles bundled in, with others obtainable from an internet market for between $2.99 and $7.99.
The the rest of Tallarico’s hour-long event on Wednesday showcased the video games which are anticipated to launch with the Intellivision Amico subsequent 12 months. Notably, the Amico could have titles licensed by Major League Baseball (harkening to the unique Intellivision’s Major League Baseball, the primary licensed sports activities online game), Sesame Street, and the property of Evel Knievel. The Intellivision Amico may even see a Hot Wheels-licensed sport, which reunites Intellivision with the console’s unique producer, Mattel.