A new console rival is set to join the race being led by Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo in 2020, but it appears another will remain at the prototype stage.
News of the new launch was shared earlier this month, following another shock console reveal in 2019 that wasn’t linked to the PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch.
With 2020 just around the corner, fans will still be waiting months to play the next generation of devices.
We now know that the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett will be available to play in less than a year.
But they probably won’t be joined by the new console announced by Slightly Mad Studios earlier in 2019.
January saw SMS reveal their tentative plans to build a new console that would offer competition and further VR support. But since the Mad Box was first revealed, other news has been shared putting its release in doubt.
As reported by Tweak Town, Slightly Mad Studios has now been bought by Codemasters and will continue the process of developing their next big project.
This won’t be the Mad Box console, with Project Cars 3 a much more likely announcement to be made in 2020. No mention of the Mad Box was made following the reveal of the new deal, although it sounds like the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett are being planned for.
“We are delighted to bring such an incredible racing game developer to the Codemasters family, and this unequivocally establishes us as a global powerhouse in the development of racing titles,” said Frank Sagnier, Chief Executive Officer at Codemasters.
“We share the same passion and vision and our new partnership will accelerate our growth. With more streaming services coming to market and the next generation of games consoles due in 2020, this is the perfect time for Codemasters to take its next step.”
“Our combined racing games portfolio is the envy of the industry and this new partnership will enable us to learn from each other, share resources and take advantage of emerging platforms and technology,” said Ian Bell, Founder and Chief Executive at Slightly Mad Studios.
“My team is excited to be joining Codemasters and we can’t wait to forge a relationship based on creativity, passion and the desire to create new racing experiences that excite and delight our communities.”
It should be noted that the Mad Box was never being planned for launch in 2020, but was a future project that was estimated to arrive in 2022 at the earliest.
But that doesn’t mean a new console won’t arrive in 2020 ahead of the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett. The new Atari VCS gaming machine is still scheduled for a full launch in March 2020, with crowdfund-backers expect to get their consoles first.
In a new Q&A, Atari VCS Chief Operating Officer Michael Arzt, answered question about the Atari VCS launch plans. The Atari VCS has undergone many changes since it was first announced and now includes features like 4K video streaming.
There will also be new games and old classics to play, as well as a level of app freedom not currently available on PS4 and Xbox One.
Speaking about the launch of the Atari VCS in 2020, Arzt told fans: “Right now, the product is progressing according to the updated schedule of March 2020.
“Our team is committed to bringing a successful product to market that we can be proud of, and that our customers will treasure for many years to come. Atari will always prioritize delivering a high-quality product over a self-imposed deadline. That was true at the project’s start, it was true in March 2019, and it is true today.”