Where have we been?

The development of the Spartan console project has taken an unfortunate turn, don’t worry it hasn’t stopped. Development has temporarily slowed down.

Our office is based in Cape Town, South Africa. Currently, South Africa is in a peril state. Mass civil unrest, the uncertainty security and possibly the threat of civil war has lead us to make the decision to relocate our base of operations from South Africa.

On top of this Cape Town is going through a severe drought and is the first city in the modern would that may run out of water.

Our focus has always been to keep our team under one roof. We’ve had a key member of our team has left already. With this in mind, not all of our team can move from South Africa.

Where will we be moving?

Now that’s an interesting question. We have 2 feasible locations in mind but an announcement won’t be made until we have made a final decision.

We’ll be prepping smaller updates from now on to show some sort of progress. Sorry everyone.

 

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87 thoughts on “Where have we been?

  1. Reply
    Tommy O'Neil - March 11, 2018

    I’m going to be honest with you guys — I don’t buy this for a second.

    First of all, there are WAY too many typos in your post to even take this seriously. Hell, it isn’t even a finished post.

    Secondly, the whole situation is just ludicrous. You guys make empty promise after empty promise, saying that you bought a new camera, and then another tweet saying that you “just got the finalized design for the 6-button controller”. How about *proving* it to everyone? Even a SMALL update would be nice rather than posting a lame excuse for why you can’t provide us with ANY kind of update.

    For the record, I went ahead and decided to build my own “Sega console” out of various modern PC parts inside a nice little Sentry case, with the Sega logo traced on the front of it. I also plan on buying the Retro-Bit controllers Sega is putting out to make it as official and authentic as possible.

    I’m not saying all this to be a troll or a Debbie-downer, but I think if you guys were really serious about making us believe you, you would’ve been more transparent about your operations, and posted a lot of smaller, more frequent updates instead of trying to make every update a big announcement of sorts. The reality is, it’s pretty much impossible to believe a word you’re saying to us here anymore. Sorry guys…

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - March 12, 2018

      We’re sorry we’ve lead you to doubt us Tommy. Our unit doesn’t consist of off the shelf parts.

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        Tommy - March 12, 2018

        Well, I accept you’re apology. If you guys are really based in South Africa and are having a hard time with you, then I *do* hope you recover from that. But without any physical proof to show where you guys are located (like pictures or something), it’s really just some stranger telling us a story and expecting us to believe it..

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          libby - March 26, 2018

          they were based in california….

          I do believe they were working with someone in south africa, a coder/programmer. Who was probably making their front endsystem/software… realised this projct simply has no backing, no invetment and no direction. In other words a more of a failure then the new atari vcs.

          Their software guy has bailed … just like all the people who initially thought “when they lied about sega being interested” that this was genuine.

          sad thing is someones parents have been paying for this webspace for awhile now…

          Why don’t you snowflakes understand that you are going nowhere with the sega Brand. If you had half a brain cell you would have talked with tectoy who have far more money then you to find out why sega wont even make a new console with them for the brazilian market.

          I can tell you but i think a single cell organism would jave more chance of understanding.

          Creative excuse though… very creative

          1. Chris L
            Chris L - April 29, 2018

            You’re completely incorrect, we’re all based in South Africa and will be moving the project over to the UK.

            Our main developer and product designer bailed which left us stranded.

            Where did you get this false information?

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        BBQ - March 23, 2018

        Sega will make a console if sega wants to hear from you project. so go for it I’ll give you a link here and sent it to sega https://www.cnbc.com/video/2017/03/02/nostalgic-about-your-old-sega-genesis.html

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        BBQ - March 23, 2018

        Sega will make a console if sega wants to hear from you project. so go for it I’ll give you a link here and sent it to sega https://www.cnbc.com/video/2017/03/02/nostalgic-about-your-old-sega-genesis.html

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        BBQ - March 23, 2018

        Sega will make a console if sega wants to hear from you project. so go for it I’ll give you a link here and sent it to sega https://www.cnbc.com/video/2017/03/02/nostalgic-about-your-old-sega-genesis.html

        1. Chris L
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          Chris L - March 24, 2018

          Thank you for the links.

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        Thomas Hunt - April 14, 2018

        Hello Chris L. I am deeply intrigued and have been a hardcore Sega fan! If this does come to fruition I would be ecstatic! And if you need tester I’m so available. Can’t wait to hear more on your progress, and would love to be a applicable role in it. Contact me at my email anytime.

        1. Chris L
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          Chris L - April 29, 2018

          Thank you! These comments really help keep us motivated <3

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    Gilmar - March 11, 2018

    Good luck to all of you.
    Sincerely: Gilmar
    Rio de Janeiro – Brazil.

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      Tommy - March 12, 2018

      *having a hard time over there
      (sorry)

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    Judge - March 11, 2018

    Somewhere safe where your project can be completed in a stress free environment with the people you love. Bring the gamers passion and soul into your system! I’ll be watching…

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    Bobby Scott - March 12, 2018

    I’m just happy to finally have some sort of clarification true or not. You see I’ve been following around the Spartan Company ever since that one youtuber said something about it I became intrigued about your company. I just ask that when you do get settled that I at least get an default update threw the Spartan News and Updates email thingymajiger.

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    RYR99 - March 15, 2018

    And by smaller updates, updates every week!

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    SegaSonic - March 15, 2018

    I realize your focus is on this model, but I want to ask something.
    Can you please insert a Blu-ray Drive? Not just for movies, but for a way to get games the retro way. Plus it’s better incase your system breaks, you won’t lose your games.

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - March 24, 2018

      The next iteration of the design will include a disc based drive. 🙂

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    SegaSonic - March 15, 2018

    Sorry, I was getting impatient on that first one to load

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    SegaSonic - March 15, 2018

    This was part of my impatience… lo siento.

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      SegaSonic - April 8, 2018

      How do I delete this coment?

  9. Reply
    SegaSonic - March 15, 2018

    How do I delete all these access comments!?

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - March 24, 2018

      We deleted them 🙂

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    SuperCasualGuy - March 16, 2018

    If the Spartan does happen, I will 99% get one. 20 years without SEGA hardware, despite not being alive when any were in production, really sucks. We need a new competitor in the gaming industry other Google.

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    Nerdieo - March 18, 2018

    I have nothing but hope for your team, as well as yourself, Chris! I do not want to see this fail. This is very disappointing to hear as many may immediately receive doubt from an update like this, but I’ll keep my chin up for you guys with beaming eyes! I look forward to your smaller updates with the console. Good luck!

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - March 24, 2018

      Thank you for the support.

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    Enzo - March 18, 2018

    I think your team should goto Sega of Europe because Sega of Europe is into nostalgia

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      Funny Paradox - April 11, 2018

      Where Is SEGA Europe

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    Aj - March 22, 2018

    Best of luck with this
    BTW if your looking for a place to move to, might I suggest here in Canada and namely Ottawa. Lots of the needed infrastructure here is in place for a project like this, huge employee base of experienced and skilled technical, marketing and production people are here on the west end in Kanata. Lots of office space and whatnot. Even some competition and other players in the game market place (Phil Giroux from the Tom Green Show has his company Lixar here or players like Shopify for example). If your going to go anywhere, come to Ottawa.

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - March 24, 2018

      Thanks for the recommendation and support. 🙂

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    BBQ - March 23, 2018

    Sega will make a console but sega wants to hear from you and your project so go fir it/.. I’ll give you a link

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    Andrew Lebbon - March 24, 2018

    This is bullshit.

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    Andrew Lebbon - March 24, 2018

    This is bullshit.

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - March 24, 2018

      This project isn’t stopping, it’s just temporarily slowing down.

  17. Reply
    Scott Devine - March 25, 2018

    would new titles be coming to Spartan?

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      RYR99 - April 17, 2018

      There will be new 3rd party titles coming to the Spartan Console!

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        Scott Devine - April 18, 2018

        Who can compete with Spartan?

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          Bill E. - April 28, 2018

          If they make it quick enough they can compete with gen 9 console like the Nintendo switch

          1. Chris L
            Chris L - April 29, 2018

            We’d prefer not to rush this, sacrificing quality would be a bad idea.

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    SegaSonic - March 28, 2018

    Will you also make the 4-6 face buttons [A, B, C, X, Y, Z] analog, as apposed to digital?
    Trust me, it may do well for certain games.

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    Spamhead - March 28, 2018

    Sounds like a sega dream cast 2 project failure all over again. I hope that you prove us doubters all wrong and make the dream come true.

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - April 29, 2018

      We’re back on track. 🙂

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    Joel Quintero - March 28, 2018

    I’d love to be able to play on your upcoming Sega console my old 8 bit Master System and 16 bit Genesis cartridges which i still have in my possesion.Would you support this feature?, i’d like to see someday a Sega console that supports playing with our good old video game cassetes too withouth having the need to download them from the web

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - April 30, 2018

      Cartidges can be played using an external adapter. 🙂

      1. Reply
        Scott Devine - April 30, 2018

        Will the old cartridges exclusive to Spartan?

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    Mikey Calhoun - March 30, 2018

    Hey Spartan team I’ve been covering news on the Spartan console for some time now and have questions of my own regarding the console. There is too many delays,not seeing enough of the spartan. We only got a look at the ui
    But let’s actually get some gameplay know there, post stuff like that show us what we are in for. And also I am here for you guys if you need help Chris you know we’re to find me bro. Lastly the console is great.

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - April 29, 2018

      You rock Mikey. Thank you for sticking by us.

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    RYR99 - March 31, 2018

    If you are wondering why he has not done posts on social media for a while, read this;

    Our office is based in Cape Town, South Africa. Currently, South Africa is in a peril state. Mass civil unrest, the uncertainty security and possibly the threat of civil war has lead us to make the decision to relocate our base of operations from South Africa.

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    Kamalus - April 1, 2018

    can you specify when you say: « slowing down »?
    Thanks you

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - April 29, 2018

      It was only a temporary set back, we’ll be able to provide more frequent updates now.

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    Charles - April 10, 2018

    What’s your progress on sega saying yes

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - April 30, 2018

      As much we’d like to, we can’t give any information out regarding that… yet.

  25. Reply
    Funny Paradox - April 11, 2018

    Where You Want To Go ?

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    BulbaSour - April 14, 2018

    I can’t wait and I have faith in you Spartan!

  27. Reply
    Filoc - April 15, 2018

    Estoy harto ya es abril 15 quiero saber su procedimiento en verdad quieren hacer una consola muestrame imagenes o pública lo que está pasando

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - April 29, 2018

      We have a new update out.

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    Lee - April 16, 2018

    Oioi! Well happy if you go through with this! If you plan any exclusive titles I’m a catalogue music producer with tracks spanning many genres 🙂

    https://soundcloud.com/axiom-theory

    Hope you go through with this I will buy one straight away lol.

    Thanks,

    Lee. 🙂

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - April 29, 2018

      You have some great tracks! You’re on our list of contacts. Thanks Lee!

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    Scott Devine - April 18, 2018

    Can I plug flash drives into the Spartan console to view photos, play music and watch videos?

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    Scott Devine - April 18, 2018

    Can I insert memory cards into the Spartan console?

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      SegaSonic - April 22, 2018

      Ooh, that’s not a bad idea

      1. Reply
        Scott Devine - April 22, 2018

        Will they have 2 memory card slots?

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    Mo - April 20, 2018

    Any new updates on the console or the civil unrest?

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    TimeToMakeSomeCrazyMoney - April 23, 2018

    I get it, South Africa is a hectic place, but come on, where are the updates? It’s been so long since I’ve gotten this one that I had started to wonder if I had fallen off the email list somehow. Considering how little info there is on this thing right now, I think the Ataribox has a much better chance of coming to fruition, because 1. It is being fully developed by Atari, not some guys in South Africa, 2. They have appeared with working prototypes at E3 and give consistent updates, and 3. Have released significantly more information to the public, even though Spartan and the Ataribox came into the spotlight pretty much simultaneously. As my name suggests, I own a Switch. I also own a Dreamcast. I am also a PC gamer. I have spent an entirely unhealthy amount of time playing Sonic Mania and Adventure, as well as Shenmue. A new Sega console would be amazing. So why not get your act together, go straight to Sega’s world HQ in Japan, and propose the damn thing? I am praying for this thing to be released, please don’t muck it up and go the way of Project Dream. Also, on a more optimistic note, have you thought of trying to incorporate a VMU into the controller like the one on the Dreamcast? That would make it somewhat of a hybrid system, like the Switch, which could be another selling point.

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - April 29, 2018

      With any small team, when you lose key members it impacts a project significantly. Fortunately, we’ll be able to provide a better flow of updates from now on because we’ve sorted out administration issues and gotten people on board which can push this forward. To answer your points:

      1. Sure, Atari is a corporation and we’re just a little team in South Africa. Atari is asking for money from the public, we’re funding this privately. We’re moving to the UK within the next 3 months. Which brings point 2.
      2. Being in the UK will allow us to easily attend international conventions, overall it allows us ease of travel.
      3. Atari started development prior to us and they have a much larger team.

      As we get closer to a finished product we’ll put forward a concise proposal for Sega.

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        Scott Devine - April 30, 2018

        Will the new sega console be revealed at E3?

        1. Chris L
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          Chris L - April 30, 2018

          Unfortunately not.

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    Scott Devine - April 30, 2018

    Hey, Chris. heres some questions I want to ask.

    1. Will the Spartan console be released in early 2019?
    2. Will a third Sonic Adventure game be developed by SEGA and Sonic Team and come to a Spartan console?
    3. Can I insert flash drives to the Spartan console watch videos, view photos and play music?
    4. Will the Spartan console prototype be at E3 2018?

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - April 30, 2018

      Hi Scott,

      1. We cannot give any official release date, if this project is endorsed by SEGA then it will be up to them to determine the release date. 🙁
      2. That would be a dream but that is not our decision to make.
      3. You can play media from a flash or external drive.
      4. Unfortunately not.

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        Scott Devine - April 30, 2018

        Would that will be Sega’s dicision to work on a third Sonic Adventure game?

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    Scott Devine - April 30, 2018

    Will Spartan be Dreamcat’s successor?

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    Scott Devine - April 30, 2018

    When will the Spartan prototype be revealed at, but not e3?

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    Scott Devine - April 30, 2018

    Will Spartan include more Sonic games?

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    Scott Devine - April 30, 2018

    Hey Chris

    1. Will the Spartan include Sonic games updates like Sonic Adventure DX and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle?
    2. Will the Spartan include the Sonic game combinations like Knuckles in Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Blue Sphere?
    3. Will the Sonic Boom games come to Spartan?
    4. Will Spartan be named Dreamcast Elite?
    5. Will the future Sonic games come to Spartan?

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    Scott Devine - April 30, 2018

    Hey Chris L,

    Will the flash drives store game saves?

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    Scott Devine - April 30, 2018

    Will the SD cards store game saves too?

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    Scott Devine - May 1, 2018

    Hi Chris L.

    Will the Spartan console support Sega CD and X32?

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    Scott Devine - May 1, 2018

    Hey Chris

    1. Will the 5 flash drives and 5 memory cards come with the Spartan?
    2. Will the Spartan be finalised with memory card slots and usb 3.0?
    3. Will Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic (2006), Sonic Riders series, Sonic Unleashed, Colors, Generations, Lost World, Forces, Sonic Boom Rise of Lyric, Sonic Mania, Sega Superstars series and Sonic All-Star Racing series come to Spartan?
    4. Will SD cards store games?

  42. Reply
    Scott Devine - May 2, 2018

    Hey, Chris.

    Question is: How do I transfer digital downloads?

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    Scott Devine - May 7, 2018

    Hey Chris

    Question: Can I reload game saves on Spartan?

    1. Chris L
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      Chris L - May 9, 2018

      Yes you can. But you cannot resume saves from older consoles.

      1. Reply
        Scott Devine - May 9, 2018

        What about game saves for Sonic 1, 2, 3, & Knuckles?

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        Scott Devine - May 9, 2018

        Can I at least resume saves from the emulators?

        1. Chris L
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          Chris L - May 13, 2018

          What emulators do you use?

          1. Scott Devine - May 13, 2018

            Game Gear, Genesis, Master System and Saturn.

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    Scott Devine - May 11, 2018

    Hey, Chris.

    I can’t resume saves from older consoles until you show the proposal to SEGA.

  45. Reply
    Scott Devine - May 17, 2018

    Hey, Chris L.

    Question: Why I can’t resume game saves from older consoles until you show the console to Sega?

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