Had the idea for this thread, on the boil for a while now, been looking into UK Press and wannabie jurno-type claims over the past year or so and raised the odd eyebrow at certain YT vids along the way, but as far as i can tell..the following titles never got any further than having a part number assigned to them by Atari:
No particular order:
CX-7871 Prince (I'm assuming here this is the ST strategy/wargame by ARC, more reasoning to follow..)
CX-7873 Star Breaker (the ST shoot-em-up by Arc?)
CX-7871 9 Lives (The platformer by Arc on ST?)
CX-7883 Badlands Pete (ARC's ST Wild West Platformer)
CX-7866 Eliminator (ST game released by Hewson?)
CX-7896 Alien VS Predator.
At least we know what happened to Chronicles Of Cute, that was at least started, previewed in Zero magazine, moved to ST and Amiga on ARC label...
But as for the rest? As far as i can tell, seem like nothing but wishful thinking on Atari UK's part.
Throughout my time as an 800XL/ST/Lynx owner, you'd often here key figures from Atari UK annouce a developer conference where they would be looking to incorporate cross-platform support for all Atari platforms, a move designed to re-assure A8/XEGS owners they had not been forgotten, whilst Atari UK's focus was clearly on the ST and in early 1990, Bob Gleadow talked of 1 such conference planned for April of that year and how it'd embody the Lynx, Portfolio, STE and 7800.
So, given that Atari UK had actively sought for conversions of games perhaps better known on the ST at that time, it's more than likely such conferences were used to get a 'feel' to see IF any developer wanted to convert an ST title down to the 7800/XEGS..is it not?.
I've asked Simon Butler in the past about UK Press claims of possibility of 9 Lives etc coming to Lynx, let alone 7800..he knew nothing and didn't think the original game itself was that great...
A similar frame of mind comes from Scott D.Williamson, concerning White Water Madness, he has stated as far as he's aware, versions of the game for 2600, 7800 and XL/XE were only ever PLANNED and game itself? "..like Toobin, only not as creative."
Yet it too had a part number given to it:
CX7864 i believe.
Was it common practice to simply give a planned title a part number before you'd even signed a contract for rights to it/had a developer lined up?.
C+VG put out claim Gremlin were converting likes of Technocop...something no-one from Gremlin think was ever likely to happen from them, themselves....
Raze claimed Turrican would be running at an Atari Railway Carriage tour...as yet totally unfounded claim.
Activision had the home rights for AVP..during whole C64/ST/Amiga era, so Atari would of had to of either bidded for rights for specific console versions and so far no-one has even been able to suggest a developer for it...
Badlands Pete on ST didn't exactly set reviewers on fire...Atari ST User giving it 76/100 but ST Format on 32%.
So, whilst i could see the 'reasoning' behind Atari wanting to get the ARC Label games out on console as well, the 7800 was no ST hardware wise and when the 16 bit versions themselves weren't great, i couldn't see them doing the buisness on the 7800....
So, why on earth are titles like White water, AVP etc along with Pac-Land, Road Riot etc appearing on YT with screenshots taken from Aliens (USA) C64, Amstrad CPC (Pac-Land, Gauntlet), SNES (Road Riot etc)....?
And with the likes of Paperboy being annouced as finished, real A8 Star Raiders II and 7800 Toki seemingly springing out of nowhere, what are the chances, do we feel of fresh, realiable info ever coming forward on the above?
Of all the Lost Games on Atari Platforms i've looked into, the 7800 has been the most frustrating.
Electrocop seems out of reach, Paperboy finished, yet not even a screenshot to compare to say C64/MS and then to muddy waters even further, you've folks putting images from other systems up on YT that bear little/no relevance...GRRR....