Jump to content
Posted Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:45 PM
Never knew that the panther dev kits had actually been sent out to third parties already and that some people (such as psygnosis) were already working on games for it. That's interesting that some major third parties were getting a head start on the panther when Atari had to finance most of the Jaguar releases.
I wonder if Atari would've done better or gone down faster had they released the Panther in '91 or '92. People were getting ready for the next generation by the time the Jaguar and 3DO came out (the companies just majorly screwed up in different ways), the Panther would've had to be pretty special to make an entry against the SNES and Genesis. However, the cost and time to make impressive games was probably less in the early16-bit than the early 32-bit generation so maybe Atari wouldn't have had a huge post-launch software drought. I imagine the panther getting a ton of amiga games and having a library similar to the CD32!
Previous reports suggest that several games including Trevor McFur, Raiden and Cybermorph had been programmed for it. But the article gives the impression that only a few minter demos were in a satisfactory state of completion to show to the magazine (unless Atari was holding back so as not to have their ideas copied by competitors).
I don't understand hardware specs so it'd be interesting to know how close the panther and the Jaguar were, and if the panther could have handled everything that was released on the Jaguar (two separate matters, but since most games underutilized the Jaguar the panther probably really only needed to be 75% of the jaguar to do anything that was actually released on the Jaguar).
Posted Sun Oct 5, 2014 12:57 AM
Wow, look at that facial hair Minter was sporting!
Posted Thu Dec 4, 2014 11:36 AM
Emailed a contact over claims Domark were well into converting Pitfighter to Panther, when Atari pulled the plug.Long shot, but we'll see....
@Willard:Regarding Atari releasing Panther-According to Atari UK's marketing manager, reason Panther was canned was due to it taking too long to get finished, where as the Jaguar was ahead of schedule and thus IF Atari had gone ahead and launched the Panther, there'd only of been a 6-9 month period before they were ready to launch the Jaguar....
Posted Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:35 PM
Might be getting 'close' to finding out IF Domark really were working on Pitfighter for the Panther, just had an email in:
Posted Thu May 28, 2015 7:06 AM
Update/closure on the hope of learning more from Domark etc regarding any Panther games they were working on.
Posted Sun Apr 3, 2016 10:44 AM
Thread bump, but it wasn't unti i started throwing all my old games magazines into recycling, my memory was jogged about the claim The One made about Domark heavily into coding Pitfighter on the Panther....
Posted Wed May 11, 2016 10:32 AM
Unseen64 have started scanning in 1st of the many, many UK magazine press clippings i sent him, (so far no Atari related items, only PC/PSP/PS1/PS2 etc related AVP/Aliens/Predator games)...
Posted Wed May 11, 2016 5:48 PM
I thought you said you weren't a journalist? Why are you behaving like one?
Posted Wed May 11, 2016 10:36 PM
Edited by Lost Dragon, Wed May 11, 2016 10:51 PM.
Posted Thu May 12, 2016 3:35 AM
Edited by Lost Dragon, Thu May 12, 2016 3:48 AM.
Posted Thu Jul 7, 2016 1:20 PM
Joel was also kind enough to say this regarding the Panther:
"Unfortunately, that was a very long time ago so I don't have a lot of clear memories about the Panther. I believe it was developed by a group in England. I worked out of Atari's Lombard office (a suburb of Chicago) and we received an early prototype of the hardware. Our role was to give some feedback on the hardware and the development environment. If memory serves, the development environment would have been on the Atari ST using the GNU compiler. Again, that was a long time ago so I may have those details wrong.
I recall the hardware capability being average, but probably not anywhere near good enough to make a splash. The Super Famicom had already been released in Asia and my recollection was that the Panther hardware was really not that much better. At the time, there were also a lot of rumors of 3D hardware coming out in a few years from a number of different companies (including Atari)."
All Joel's personal opinion of course, but at least we can now add another name to who did what regarding the console.
Another piece of the jigsaw as it were, but it might of been better if asked a number of years ago, as like ATD, people understandably have trouble remembering just what was done, as so many years have passed since they worked on the hardware.
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users