Wow, that is interesting.
Hiya! I searched and found it!
It is indeed a statement by Mr Katz, so it should be relieable.
I have put the little text on the matter together from 2 pages; I did not want to print entire pages of the article here because the magazine is not that old and still available.
The article can be found in issue #27, in an article about the history of the Mega Drive. It is fascinating to see in retrospective what roads were open to Atari but not taken. Maybe, however slim the chance might be, the MD might have helped Atari set a foot back into the video game business, thanks also to the good software support from Japan. Maybe with a 16-Bit console having a stable market share they could have worked longer and had not rushed the Jaguar out.
Personally, with the Mega Drive being the console I am most attached to, I am glad it did not happen. While it did have a very successful life under Sega, who knows how it would have turned out under Atariīs leadership, without the image Sega managed to create for the system. Seeing how they managed to fail even with the Lynx, which I found out only last year is such an excellent handheld, I doubt they would have done much better with the MD.
Maybe it would have been called the Atari 15600 ?
It makes it even more interesting that Katz ended up at Sega for the ~1st year of the Genesis as well. (also interesting that before Atari he'd worked at both Coleco -with handhelds and Mattel durring Intellivision)
I can kind of understand Tramiel's decision, we don't have specifics like the cost it involved and such, or the particular date either (I'd immagine some time in '88), with the relatively poor market share, it would probably have seemed pretty risky to take on something like that. (then again, th epopularity in Europe was a pretty sure thing, but who knows what the specifics of the contract might have been -but had it involved Europe as well, I think a dual Sega/Atari endorsed product would be quite popular in that market)
On thing I hav ethought about though, is how the Jaguar hardware is rather in line with what Sega of Japan had wanted ~1993/94 for their nextgen system, strong in 2D (capable of system-32 arcade like capabilities), plus modest 3D capabilities (and the Jag could have served well as this with better funding), to handel some cut-down ports of model 1 arcade games. (and further cut-down model-2 games) Plus Sega probably would have had the CoJag for Arcades as well. No ideia what would have happened with the legal dispute in th eearly 90s had atari/sega already been partnered...
Not to mention what might have happened with the Lynx if Sega had partnered with Atari Corp. But that's completely off topic.
Edit: Hmm, if it was ~1988, I'd have thought Sam would have taken over as president of Atari crop, so it would have been his decision, not Jacks's... (maybe they came to Atari when the MD was still in development then, or maybe Jack was still handing thins over in '88, not yet fully handing responsibility over to Sam yet)
I hate it when you start to think about what you could have done yesterday and then it comes to be what you should have done would have changed the world as we know it...."should have never sold my time machine" JK
Were there pics of this Panther somewhere..I have never seen it before do they exist basically?
pics of one of the prototypes.
And the concept art:
Edited by kool kitty89, Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:03 PM.