After word came around that the “Arcade Station T2” was in fact not being endorsed by Microsoft, we see the dominoes falling fast as Highway Games, the site that was part of the promotion of the T2 has pulled their support for the cabinet as they learned that Quasimoto had not secured licensing on the unit. From the Highway Games announcement:
This machine was scheduled for production last month with the first sample to be displayed by Highway Games Japanese partner at the upcoming Jamma Show in Tokyo. However, after the recent press release and announcement through highwaygames.com, we have received a number of calls from insiders to mention that all licensing of the machine has not taken place. Specifically, that whilst Microsoft was involved initially in the development of the controller board, no final authorisation or licensing was signed by Microsoft. Special thanks to The Stinger Report, for exposing flaws in the licensing agreements and further thanks to our industry friends for providing detailed information…
…Highway Games wishes to apologise to our loyal partners. At no time were we aware that licenses were not complete, having been informed since early this year that this project is fully endorsed by Microsoft. We are both upset and frustrated to dedicate so much time and effort in a flawed project and as such, Highway Games reserves the right to seek legal counsel.
It is too bad that this didn’t come to fruition as the idea is good but I believe that unless a company like Microsoft undertakes the effort themselves then you’re never going to see an official unit along these lines.It is also difficult since you would also be dealing with license agreements from other developers who in recent times have begun printing on their discs that the game cannot be used for a public demonstration like this.