Sega of Japan confirms cross-development rumors!
For the last several weeks, uncertainty has circled the Sega Corporation. Rumors spread like wildfire throughout the media regarding potential buyouts and cross-development plans, culminating in yesterday's Nihon Keizai Shinbun report stating that Sega planned to halt Dreamcast production altogether. Today, Sega, in a shocking statement, partially confirmed these reports. Apparently, the longstanding company is considering multi-platform development and restructuring its Dreamcast production.
While the company stressed that nothing has been made official, Sega did confirm that changes in the company's hardware production are likely.
Sega, in an official statement, declared that while the Dreamcast will remain an integral part of Sega's business, changes will be made regarding its production and distribution. The company also boasted that 100 titles prepared for the Dreamcast are on the way for the coming fiscal year. Regarding multi-console development, Sega announced that negotiations are currently underway concerning the distribution of Sega titles to the rival PlayStation 2 and the Game Boy Advance. Finally, Sega reversed a previous stance, stating that the company will set aside significant resources to bring the Dreamcast architecture to the PC, set-top boxes and other electronic appliances.
The company cited a failure in the Japanese market as the catalyst for the reconstructions. Sega hopes to find greener pastures by using the enviable Dreamcast technology on other platforms -- specifically PC cards. While Sega has not commented on the possibility of the company lending Dreamcast teachnology to other next-generation consoles, many industry experts maintain that the situation is plausible. While these announcements on the Japanese front are certainly earth-shattering, Sega of America has yet to make similar confessions.
The mentioned Dreamcast PC card is to hit Japanese retailers this summer, and an additional card for laptop computers should drop in fall. Today is a sad, sad day for videogaming.
1/24/2001 Bryan Keers