NOW A NEW GENERATION OF GAMERS CAN EXPERIENCE THE GAMES SOME OF US GREW TO LOVE
SEGA has recently announced their plans to begin re-releasing classics from the Dreamcast console onto Xbox Live Arcade later in 2010.
The first two titles announced by SEGA are Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi, with Sonic scheduled to be released this Spring. All titles are expected to have a higher resolution, which is common with most ports as well as surround sound support, leaderboards and achievements. Presumably they’ll be the standard 200 Gamerscore affair but as this is a major announcement it’s certainly possible they may allow a different GamerScore limit, although doubtful.
During E3 there may be a larger release schedule announced so keep an eye on SEGA and what they have to say over the coming weeks.
As it was the Vice President of Digital Business from SEGA America and Europe giving these statements it’s expected these titles will hit the Australian marketplace. No Microsoft Point fee per game has been announced as of yet.
As an avid Dreamcast fan myself (my favourite console) I’m incredibly excited by this news. Having had my Dreamcast long perish it will be good to play all the classics I came to love on the system such as Rival Schools 2, Sonic Adventure 2, Power Stone 2, Shenmue 1 and 2 as well as the lesser knows like Frame Gride and other bullet hell games. It’s evident now why there hasn’t been Dreamcast collection discs where there have been games like the SEGA Ultimate Mega Drive Collection. Bar the obvious size difference in games it would seem like this is something that has been in the works for quite some time. With luck we may even see some games that weren’t released in PAL territories suddenly appearing in our Marketplace for purchase.
Given the first two announcements it seems it may only be first-party releases for a while. Hopefully with time we’ll begin to see the inclusion of more third-party releases to the schedule.