Latest Dreamcast releases missing this one tiny detail….

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As Dreamcast fans, by now, we’ve most likely become quite accustomed to having our latest games available in the blue PAL Europe style boxes with the semi official look fitting in perfectly with other games released on the system up to 2002. If you’ve bought the previous batches of JoshProd releases you’ll notice just how close these games look to late retail games on the system.

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It’s been a collector’s dream to have such attention to detail lavished on the box art for these games, following very much in the footsteps of Watermelon’s Pier Solar which also saw a PAL release style of packaging too. However, it would seem that things have slightly changed with the most recent set of JoshProd games, if you look carefully on the front of the artwork, the Dreamcast logo and banner are absent meaning that these games share more in common with pre-2000 software rather than the later type which most collectors will have no doubt noticed. Sure, it’s a very small niggle, having spoken to Philippe Van Trong Nguyen of JoshProd, he confirmed to us that he would rather not possibly infringe any possible copyright by using these designs, it’s a shame really as uniformity is usually key with collectors of these types of games and that’s not to say we don’t understand why the changes have been made as we do. What perhaps would be nice would be much in the same way that Super Rare Games and Limited Run Games handle their packaging with having the number of the release on the spine of the game to make them stand out in a more positive light, urging buyers to grab the whole set… Just a thought.

 

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As seen from footage taken earlier in the year showing Battle Crust, the idea of adding the banner had gone as far as the mock up of the artwork stage, also Another World has been previously spotted with the late Dreamcast banner added even on Philippe’s Facebook page from 2016. Either way, it’s only a small detail in an otherwise excellent set of games, have you pre-ordered yours yet?

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Wave 3 Dreamcast Releases Available to Preorder on RushOnGame.

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As you have most likely seen by now, JoshProd has been teasing a reveal banner this week to which each day leading up to the 10th May has shown another blank square where a ‘hidden’ Dreamcast release hides. Well, we now have a clear picture of all the the games we can expect in the 3rd round of releases! There’s some interesting titles here  with one which is a surprise entrant, we already knew about Flashback 2 (Fade to Black), Battlecrust and The Escapee but Bang 2 Busters and Another World are interesting choices that weren’t common knowledge beforehand.

Bang 2 Busters is a cutesy platform originally for the Neo-Geo developed around 2000, you take control of the character using enemies as your projectile with careful aiming, an enemy can be used to dispatch the other threats in the level and pick-ups are available once enemies are taken care of, it’s an odd blend really that perhaps wouldn’t look out of place on the Amiga but gameplay-wise, it looks like it could be a whole load of fun, check the video below of the AES version.

 

Next up is Another World, which has seen an unofficial release on the console before this point but this time around, the game looks to have additional features some of which are shared in the 20th anniversary release if the trailer is to be taken literally. Another World follows in the same gameplay mechanic as Flashback which is featured in the last wave of releases for the console, we look forward to giving this one a shot when it comes out later in the year.

The Escapee, Flashback 2 and Battle Crust will prop up the aforementioned games too, all 5 are available to pre-order as a set from RushOnGame or individually too, it’s worth noting that the later style ‘ Dreamcast ‘ banner and swirl aren’t featured on the packaging for these games, one would hope that JoshProd reconsider this as all later software featured such design whereas earlier software had no logo on them, it would be nice to stick to the uniformity from the previous wave of games.

Here’s a handy link to get your pre-orders in now :

https://en.rushongame.com/sales/dreamcast-may-2018/

Pre-order the latest batch of games this month.

As reported earlier in the year, there are new games coming to the Dreamcast this year via JoshProd and sold via Rushongame, these 5 games which we assume are Battle Crust, Fade to Black, The Escapee and Okinawa Rush with one game being a mystery, this game could indeed be Saber Riders although that game does already have it’s own pre-order section on Rushongame’s website. We could very well be in for a yet-to-be-publically announced game for the system.

Naturally we shall be pre-ordering the whole bunch so we can bring you an extensive look at the games themselves, what’s your views? Are you pre-ordering some, one or all?

Whatever Happened To? Part 8 : Black & White

In this installment of our alternative reality look back, we pick a game which is almost never discussed. Set your minds back, it’s 2001, arguably the Dreamcast is set to have it’s most interesting year for PC based ports. Rather than the lazy PS-one conversions that gamers had become accustomed to, we were looming on more carefully planned out releases to compete with the other systems from Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. One such game was Lionhead’s Black & White, this game was to be released on the Dreamcast in 2001 shortly after a proposed PS-One version of the game, with 2001 coming and going, neither of the games materialised, why is this?

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We can’t comment on the PS-One release, perhaps that was to do with the PS2 being the console to own by then, taking away the buzz from Sony’s aging hardware. The Dreamcast version most likely was canceled due to Sega’s decision to pull out of hardware manufacture in January 2001 and the development of the game taking too long according to Peter Molyneux, let’s not forget that for its day, this was a massively ambitious game to port to consoles, it’s worth noting that PS2 and Xbox versions of the game were canceled too after 2002.

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So how far did we get to getting this once promising title on the console? Well, not very to be honest. I would expect that aside from porting over some assets, Lionhead probably didn’t pursue the idea of a Sega version for long, no actual evidence of the game running on the system has ever been shown, and should it exist in any form, we’ll bet it is locked away safely where it’ll never been seen again, curiously enough, the game was mentioned in a retail point of sale hand out alongside Half-Life which one would presume is where the pack shot for both games came from.

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Unlike Half-Life though, Black & White was later removed from the 2001 games flyer found in first party software, as seen, there are notable canceled games on the list already so perhaps Sega already knew that progress wasn’t commencing on Black & White.

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Where can you play the game today?

Well, as we mentioned above, only a PC release actually happened in the end, so that is the only way to play this game, as is often the case, the game play mechanic is perhaps a little basic by the standards of today, but to serve as a what could have been, check it out.

More Dreamcast games coming!

Hot on the heels of Battle Crust being shown off in a JoshProd Youtube video this week, it turns out that more games are heading to the system this year, as is the nature of JoshProd’s releases, there is usually a batch of games released around the same time and offered in a bundle.

The news first broke via Dreamcast News and then later The Dreamcast Junkyard lifted the lid further with a detailed rundown of each of the games. What we have this time around is an eclectic mix of old and newish starting with Steam’s Battle Crust which we talked about recently the next on the list is Escapee which as described by the above DC sites, plays like Flashback which was already released on the Dreamcast in the last batch of JoshProd games, a trailer for this can be found below :

The Escapee is by Invictus Games and was originally released on Amiga with ports to Apple TV, Android and iOS later.

Next up we have Okinawa Rush, this fun looking scrolling brawler boasts a ton of cool moves with a levelling system for the player’s character in addition to this, a deep parry mechanic allows the player, with the right timing to parry most oncoming attacks, this game looks right at home on the console. Okinawa Rush was a Kickstarter in 2017 for PC, Xbox One and PS4 where it met it’s target, we can’t wait to play it on the Dreamcast.

Next up is Fade to Black, does this game sound familiar to you? It should do! This was the follow up to Flashback and was released in 1995 on PC and 1996 on PS-one, ironically the game was published by Electronic Arts so would never have made the Dreamcast even in it’s ‘day’. The game is Gauraud shaded on PC and texture 3D on PS-one so it’ll be interesting which version the Dreamcast gets, it’s certainly an odd choice to release it all these years later with 3D ageing far more drastically than two-dimensional games but a welcome addition since with have Flashback already on the system now.

Of course we also have Battle Crust as well which no doubt will find a natural home on the 128 bit Sega console, we have a feeling that JoshProd may very well have other games yet to be revealed too, history has told us so far that there is usually 5 games to each batch and Saber Riders is most likely the 4th game here, we’d predict that perhaps there is a racing game  yet to be shown fully aside from a few teases here and there.

Make sure you head over to the mentioned Dreamcast sites as well as JoshProd’s Facebook page to keep updated and spreading the word, let’s keep these releases coming!

Battle Crust is your next Dreamcast purchase.

JoshProd, the published behind last years slew of PAL designed Dreamcast games is continuing into 2018 with another publicly announced shoot em up for the system, Battle Crust, upon some quick research of the title, we found it to have been released in 2016 on Steam originally, it’s a 90’s inspired shooter featuring 6 levels in which you’re able to pick up assist items on the way to help your mission such as the charge shot.

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From what we can see of the game in the trailer, the game looks to be fun and features a vertical playing field unlike Sturmwind and Dux which scroll horizontally, the original developer of the game is Picorinne Soft whose other work is Infinos Gaiden – a horizontal shooter released this year .

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By catching the teaser on JoshProd’s Facebook page, you can catch a glimpse of the game on the DC as well as the cover art too which is looking fantastic as usual.

Battle Crust will be released this summer which we’d assume will be via RushOnGame.

40 Winks possible for Dreamcast after all.

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Since the recently launched Kickstarter for the Nintendo 64 version of 40 Winks was created, there was buzz and rumour surrounding a possible Dreamcast port of the game being a hidden stretch goal, 40 Winks was originally released for the Sony PlayStation in 2000 with an N64 version to follow, this latter version never happened due to GT Interactive hitting financial turmoil which was a shame considering the Nintendo version was due to have a multiplayer mode not found on the 32 bit incarnation.

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Well, it turns out today that after the runaway success Piko Interactive has been having with it’s Kickstarter – the game has been souring through it’s stretch goals, the team have now revealed that should the game reach 200,000 dollars, a ground up version will be developed for the Dreamcast meaning it’ll use the FMV from the PlayStation version in addition to the N64’s multiplayer. One would hope the graphics will be cleaned up slightly but this is all very exciting and really goes to show that in 2018, stranger things truly do happen in the world of Dreamcast. Although 200,000 dollars does seem a fair chunk of wedge, we think that it could very well be achievable.

Piko Interactive are no strangers to retro gaming, they’ve worked on Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Atari Jaguar and other systems, bringing unreleased games and re-released software back from the dead, this marks the first time they’ve potentially working with the Dreamcast but it’s not their first time crowdfunding, some may remember the Super Nintendo 4 in 1 cartridge from 2012/13 which was successful and released in a timely fashion.

What’s your views? Could you see yourself playing 40 Winks?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/retrogames/40-winks-a-new-nintendo-64-game?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=40%20winks

 

Whatever Happened To? Part 7 : Max Payne.

In this instalment of ‘Whatever Happened To? ‘ we look at a man with nothing to lose, Max Payne, this game was in development in 1998-99 and was initially announced for the PC with a DC version to follow, Remedy and Take 2 were quite enthusiastic about working on the Dreamcast but multiple delays and push backs meant that with the Dreamcast business losing steam and the looming PlayStation 2 release, it was soon time to put the idea of a conversion to Sega’s console to bed.

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It’s widely acknowledged that the game wasn’t seen running on Dreamcast hardware according to one of the developers at Remedy, however, we reckon there is a playable version out there, somewhere and one day – maybe, just maybe we will see it’s release in some form, from the early demo videos of the game (most likely running on PC hardware) we reckon the Dreamcast could have run the game without sweating too much, the lack of a second analogue stick may very well have been an issue though,

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Where can you play the game today? Well, the smartest choice is naturally the PC, but should you have a PlayStation 2 or even better, an Xbox Classic, these serve up as a good reminder (albeit, graphically more enhanced) of what could have been on Sega’s poor, neglected box of tricks.

Agartha Release Incoming.

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You may remember in recent times that cancelled 2001 No Cliche horror game, Agartha had been found in a semi-playable state and shown off from it’s slumber for over 15 years – there was romancing around the time of it’s discovery that one day, we could see the game actually see a release across the Internet, well, that day is coming very, very soon,  January 15th to be exact! That’s right, you’ll finally be able to see what all the fuss is about.

This is a fantastic way to start 2018 for the beloved Dreamcast console, We’ve been waiting for this game in particular since it’s original reveal all those years ago, so for those involved in making this a reality, we thank you; the sense of community is fantastic in the Dreamcast fanbase these days. What a time to be alive folks!

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What we have to keep in mind is the sadly wasn’t near completion, so the offering is no doubt really just going to be a taster of what could have been, from what we’ve learnt, there isn’t a more complete version of the game out there unlike many other Dreamcast cancelled leaks over the years, but we aren’t one to look the gift horse in the mouth.

The article involving the release of the game can be found here :

http://x-community.grafbb.com/t2190-exclu-mondiale-agartha-bientot-disponible

Intrepid Izzy Looks To Seek Funding Via Kickstarter

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Many of you are most likely already aware that Senile Team, the developers behind Beats of Rage and more recently, Rush Rush Rally Racing, have been working on a new game for the Dreamcast which was recently announced to be Intrepid Izzy, a platform game which saw the reflexes and timing of the player tested in a modern yet retro inspired adventure game. Intrepid Izzy has taken to Kickstarter in the last 24 hours or so to seek €35,000 of funding to see the game released on both the PC and the Sega Dreamcast with the Playstation 4 being a stretch goal due to the expense of the development kit.

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Fans of the Dreamcast can pick a fairly standard release at €35 or go for some rather interesting special edition versions in the higher reward tier.

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What’s worth looking at here is the video teaser shown on the game’s main campaign, it does actually look pretty fantastic and the animation is very very impressive.

What do you think? Will you be backing the game? Share your thoughts and check the link to the Kickstarter below.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/senileteam/intrepid-izzy-pc-dreamcast-ps4/description