In the immediate aftermath of Atari Corporation's 1996 reverse merger with JTS, longtime publisher Telegames announced plans to manufacture and distribute complete but not yet released commercial games that it purchased from Atari. The six Telegames releases (1996-98) and ICD's Aircars (1997) became the first titles made available to Jaguar owners after Atari abandoned the platform. The games are mostly commercial quality titles and some, like Zero 5, Iron Soldier 2 and World Tour Racing, gave us a glimpse into what second generation Jaguar gaming might have looked like. But this wasn't the end.
In 1999, persuaded by the Jaguar fanbase and Battlesphere developers 4Play/Scatalogic, the then rights holders of Atari - Hasbro - agreed to open the Jaguar platform for indie development without the need for licensing. That's right, the Jaguar was officially an open platform. This paved the way for the release of other Jaguar titles, including Battlesphere and Battlesphere Gold and a host of lost titles courtesy of Songbird Productions. Later, the discovery of the encryption key for the Jaguar CD led to a slew of hobbyist and independent efforts.
Today, Jaguar development continues to go strong with original releases by Reboot, Orion, MD Games and BitJag, as well as recent ports from Cyrano Jones, Piko Interactive and RGC. Further, new tools have been created making the bar of entry much lower for aspiring Jaguar developers.
Have you played any of the Jaguar's fantastic post-Atari releases? If so, what are your favorites?
Edited by atarilbc, 06 September 2017 - 10:30 PM.