Atari Panther

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The Atari Panther was the 32-bit predecessor to the Atari Jaguar video game console. It was developed by the same ex-Sinclair team Flare Technology who were previously responsible for the Flare One and the Konix Multisystem. It was scheduled to be released in 1991, but Atari Corp. decided to abandon the project in favor of the Atari Jaguar.

It features three chips, consisting of a Motorola 68000 running at 16 MHz, an object processor called the Panther, and an Ensoniq sound processor called Otis, featuring 32 sound channels (presumably a ES5505). The Panther can display 8,192 colors from an 18-bit palette of 262,144 colors, and supports 65,535 sprites of any size simultaneously. The Panther was never manufactured as the design was eclipsed by that of the Jaguar.

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Two games were planned for the Panther's release: Crescent Galaxy and Raiden. They were both rewritten for the Atari Jaguar upon the former console's demise.

Cybermorph, which was the pack in game for the Jaguar, was also developed on the Panther and then ported over to Jaguar when Panther was scrapped.