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#1 nathanallan OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:27 AM

Mike showed me this article and it made me get all excited:

http://thegia.com/20...es-dreamcast-2/

In essence, Sega is talking about a new hardware platform that uses off the shelf parts just as they always have done (I really love that part).

Confirming years of rampant speculation, Sega today announced the next-generation Dreamcast2 entertainment console for worldwide release in Q1 2010. This marks Sega's first return to hardware manufacture since the original Dreamcast was discontinued in March 2001.

"There are those who thought today would never come," said Sega Corporation President Rieko Kodama. "Even within Sega, there are those who had their doubts. But the Sega today is not the Sega of yesterday! And I am pleased to stand introduce to you the Sega of tomorrow: the Dreamcast2."

Kodama's oblique reference to the "Sega of yesterday" no doubt refers to the the fallout from the ill-fated Sammy-Sega merger of 2003. Never a clear match, the odd couple's relationship was strained to the breaking point when Sammy's core pachinko business was found in late 2004 to have close ties to Japan's criminal underworld. The resulting legal and financial fallout forced Sammy to spinoff Sega just to stay afloat. Battered and bruised, the newly independent Sega was nonetheless able to retain key creative talent and refocus on their core business of video games.

The sleek, white Dreamcast2 features integrated wireless controllers and 802.1g/n wireless. Under-the-hood, it uses a quad-core Intel i7 processor and custom Nvidia graphics chip equivalent to a mid-range 300 series card. When pressed on why Sega chose to use "off-the-shelf" components, Kodama laughs, "We want developers to be able to use all the power of the Dreamcast2. That's the most important thing, right?"

Kodama would rather talk about the ClubSega free online service. ClubSega is designed as a "thin" online service that sits on top of existing services. "You already know who your friends are," explains Kodama, "and you've spent years building those relationships online. Why should you have to start that all again just because someone in Marketing wants your mailing address?" She waves her hand dismissively. "That's silly." Instead of a dedicated online service, ClubSega is being pitched as a "cloud" that integrates with the services you already use. Your status and achievements can be posted and tracked from Facebook, Twitter, mixi.jp, or even the ClubSega.com website. Online play will always be free.

Games announced for launch include:

* Sonic Factory - A 2.5D Sonic game with a focus on speed and platforming. Even more exciting is the robust level editor that allows players to create and trade levels online. From Sonic Team.
* Jet Blast Radio - Professor K and the gang are taking their message of peace, love, and tagging to the final frontier! Bring freedom to a dystopian space station while grinding and tagging in three dimensions. From Smilebit.
* Panzer Dragoon Drei - An "endlessly replayable shooter RPG" with dynamically generated levels (created by the "AI Direktor") and a focus on dragon evolution and customization. From Team Andromeda.
* Sega D 2010 - A stock car racer with a focus on mountain drifting and realistic weather modeling. From AM5.

From Software has announced that Chromehounds 2 and King's Field: The Seventh City will be available at launch. Square Co., LTD CEO Hiromichi Tanaka has also pledged support for the system, stating, "Square is extremely excited by the Dreamcast2. We look forward to bringing our classic franchises to this powerful new platform." Additional third-party game announcements will follow at a later date.

When asked how the Dreamcast2 would be competitive with Sony's PlayStation 4 and Apple's iPlay, Kodama's response was terse: "The games." When pressed for more detail, she replied, smiling, "We at Sega know our fans have been waiting a long time for this day to come. All we ask now is that they wait a while longer."

I will hold my breath as far as celebrating, but definitely good news! BTW I am a Sega fan.

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#2 Trooper OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:47 AM

Let me be the party pooper then. I'm quite sceptical since there's nothing to be seen about this on any of Segas sites and also Rieko Kodama became President of Sega Corporation....that's news to me anyway. So no, I wouldn't hold my breath.

Edit: Oh and last time I checked Hiromichi Tanaka was Senior VP of Sofware Dev. at Square, not CEO, but I could of course be misinformed.

Edited by Trooper, Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:52 AM.


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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:54 AM

And since when did Sega break away from Sammy? Last time I checked they were still merged. I call BS on this one, especially since it has no outside sources whatsoever.

#4 Trooper OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:56 AM

Yup, SegaSammy Holdings is still alive.

#5 Mord OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:04 AM

And since when did Sega break away from Sammy? Last time I checked they were still merged. I call BS on this one, especially since it has no outside sources whatsoever.


I'm probably not going to have the money for it regardless if it does launch in Q1 of 2010. But if it did end up to be true and it launches, I'd be quite surprised and very interested.

Of course if it's true and they launch it and Sega botches everything up, I won't be a happy camper. ;)

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:30 AM

"When asked how the Dreamcast2 would be competitive with Sony's PlayStation 4 and Apple's iPlay"


WAIT ONE MINUTE!

iPLAY???

I'm missing something here. Did we just jump timelines or something?

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:44 AM

even if this were true, i would be against it

im finished having my heart broken, no more hardware from sega

#8 DaytonaUSA OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:04 AM

I know this is fake, but Sega D 2010 would be awesome, being the big Sega racing game fan I am.

I really wish this was real. I think I, and countless others, would buy this at launch without a thought. But Sega, even recently, has said they aren't interested in hardware battles any longer, and quite honestly I think it's probably best for the company as a whole to stay as a publisher only.

That being said, if we could please have more arcadey games like back then from Sega, that would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:11 AM

Well, that's that:

http://www.videogame...009-believe.htm

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:34 AM

Am I the only one who can't see anything on http://thegia.com?

Edited by roland p, Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:35 AM.


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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:51 AM

bs.
just pure bs.
there is so much wrong with the story it's not even worth pointing out.

of course even in a magical fairy land where monkeys fly out my butt and sega still releases hardware I'm not stupid enough to give sega one red cent of my money. Their business practices lost me as a customer back in the dreamcast days.

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:50 AM

I agree it is BS. Sega went on the record a few months back as saying they have no plans to ever go back to hardware and they are a software developer/publisher now.
I learned never to say never but I just dont think it will happen.

I love the dreamcast and still have mine hooked up but I'm not sure if I will ever want another Sega console again. They really cant support it and they really screwed many people over in the 90's.

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:44 AM

DC2 would be cool, too bad it's a hoax.
Is the Mattel GigaIntellivision still coming out?


:cool:

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:58 AM

When's the keyboard coming out???

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:47 AM

Yea, it would be awesome. I know I would buy one.

Like Daytona said it's better that they stay a publisher. They don't have the ability or the money to join in console wars anymore. If they did they would be crushed.

What would be amazing is if they actually put out a Dreamcast game. Just one, for old times sake. :)

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:28 AM

What would be amazing is if they actually put out a Dreamcast game. Just one, for old times sake. :)


That would be sweet. I know I'd buy it for sure.

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:04 PM


What would be amazing is if they actually put out a Dreamcast game. Just one, for old times sake. :)


That would be sweet. I know I'd buy it for sure.


Put that new 2D sonic on a GD-Rom in standard definition, and I'm sure it could handle it ;).

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:15 PM

That's too bad about the DC2, I was excited, even though I'm not a big Sega fan.

Is the Mattel GigaIntellivision still coming out?


I'm hoping for a HyperScan 2 :P

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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:21 PM

Woot! I'm marking 10-10-10 on my calendar!






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Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:44 PM

What, no Saturn 2? Blasphemy!

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Posted Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:28 PM

Fuck the saturn, they need to make a genesis 2. However, yeah, as said above, it's BS. And if it turns out to be true, I'll be the first to say...."well, here we go again. I'll wait till they blow these out at $20-$50 a year or two fromnow" and save my money :P (comeon, who wouldn't see that coming? This is SEGA we are talking about here)

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Posted Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:44 PM

Fuck the saturn


May you die a slow, slow painful death. :P

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Posted Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:44 PM

What, no Saturn 2? Blasphemy!


Agreed!

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Posted Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:41 AM

even if this were true, i would be against it

im finished having my heart broken, no more hardware from sega


Agreed, I'll never buy another console if Sega makes it. I'm a longtime Sega fan, yet they continually shit ALL OVER their fanbase, just so they could shove endless sports titles down our throats. Makes me sick. All the potential of the Dreamcast, all of it's great titles, yet we get, what, 2 actual RPGs? And how many redundant, cookie cutter sports titles? Urg.

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Posted Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:23 AM

even if this were true, i would be against it

im finished having my heart broken, no more hardware from sega


Agreed, I'll never buy another console if Sega makes it. I'm a longtime Sega fan, yet they continually shit ALL OVER their fanbase, just so they could shove endless sports titles down our throats. Makes me sick. All the potential of the Dreamcast, all of it's great titles, yet we get, what, 2 actual RPGs? And how many redundant, cookie cutter sports titles? Urg.

good arcade titles and racing games would be good. I think it would be a real uphill battle for sega. They would need some revolutionary thing. I really liked them and would like an excuse not to be using all the other brand x machines.




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