This might have been one of the worst kept secrets in gaming for a while now, but it’s always nice to receive official confirmation of such issues. To be honest, I’m not sure if this even qualifies as news anymore, but it brought a smile to my face too wide to ignore.
Following months of leaks and tip-offs, an ESRB classification last week and under cutting an expected E3 announcement by a couple of days, SEGA have officially confirmed that the Dreamcast is about to make a long overdue return. Although the console itself won’t be returning in physical form (no need to dig out those old VMU’s just yet), some of the finest games released during the systems short life will infact be finding new homes on Xbox Live and the Playstation Network.
Available later in the year, SEGA’s “classics” range will begin with Sonic Adventure, whilst being swiftly followed by Crazy Taxi. As would appear almost customary for game re-launches in the modern era, both games will launch with leaderboard and achievement/trophy support, along with a boost to the resolution and audio quality.
Despite being prematurely killed off by Sony’s marauding Playstation 2, the Dreamcast has retained a strong following of fans down the years. With such a strong back catalogue of releases, it’s not at all hard to see why, but thankfully we are assured that SEGA won’t be stopping their “classics” range with Sonic or Crazy Taxi. Although details of their next re-launches are currently unknown, I’ve certainly got some ideas about what I’d like to see next.
Three words, SEGA: Jet. Set. Radio.
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