Sega Announces Dreamcast Classics For PSN, XBLA
You just gotta love the good ol' days when straight-up colorful arcade goodness was all over the shelves for the Dreamcast.
And Sega wants you to relive it. Sega Europe and Sega of America have announced their intention to bring several Dreamcast classics to the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. The first two will be Crazy Taxi and Sonic Adventure, two of the very best titles available for Sega's last piece of hardware; Sonic will come first to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Dreamcast this fall. Each game in the plan is "based on the original Dreamcast incarnation, featuring all of the gameplay that older players fell in love with." But Sega will also toss in a bunch of enhancements and improvements, such as new high-resolution visuals, surround sound, online leaderboards, and of course, Trophies and Achievements.
If you had forgotten, the Dreamcast dropped on September 9, 1999 (yep, 9/9/99) and remains one of the most beloved consoles in history. It also introduced online support for the very first time with the addition of an online modem. Said Haruki Satomi, VP of Digital Business at Sega of America and Sega Europe:
"The Dreamcast is fondly remembered by a large community of dedicated fans as a console that was ahead of its time in terms of graphics, quality and online gaming. There are few things that are more requested from us than making Dreamcast classics available for download in today’s digital market place. We’re very excited to begin offering gamers our beloved Dreamcast titles again on the current console systems."
The timing was just bad. Sony released the PS2 a little over a year later in the US and that marked the beginning of the end for Sega's hardware ventures. That doesn't stop the Dreamcast's short lifespan from being revered by many who really loved that style of gaming, though.
6/10/2010 9:03:17 PM John Shepard