Hello Dreamcast fans, it’s been a busy old year for our favourite white box hasn’t it? New games have been announced, old games have been found and software has been released, but with all this happening a question has been raised, there were many more Dreamcast titles that were meant to make 2013 and with the end of the year fast approaching it’s beginning to look a little worrying as to the whereabouts of some of the games that were showcased for release in 2013.
Let’s take a look at the status of some of the software that was planned for 2013 shall we?
First up is Isotope’s thriller shooter Scourge. Now, in our opinion this is easily the most ambitious and impressive project currently in development for the Dreamcast. Corbin Annis and myself have talked in depth about how the game draws its parallels from cancelled psychological thriller ‘Agartha’ by No Cliché and the title has gone through numerous changes in it’s development cycle and the team has only recently acquired GOAT as the publishing house for the title, most Dreamcast fans would be forgiven for forgetting about Scourge considering the game has been in development for so long and some may even worry that Hypertension – the game Scourge was born from was cancelled and resumed again this year, could the team be spreading their resources too thinly? Are they not promoting the game enough? Both are valid questions but one thing is sure, Corbin, the founder of Isotope has recently welcomed into the world his new baby so Scourge’s release is certainly not happening in 2013 understandably.
Follow the games progress here : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isotope-TDGMods/232903863419077
Next up is Leona’s Tricky Adventures. What the hell happened to this one? We had the little-known Kickstarter that was cancelled due to lack of funding as a result of no marketing then we start to hear that the company, KTX Software began taking pledges through their own website (linked below) and the original Kickstarter backers would have their special exclusive version of the game still available to them as well as early beta access to the title to help the game on it’s way – Dreamcast Today was one of those backers, we got one email from KTX regarding beta testing and that was it – nothing more has been said since that point and although there are rumours that the game is still being privately tested, DCToday has to wonder how much time does this one actually need considering it was meant to be out in the Summer?
Fund the game from their website here : http://www.trickyleona.com/
Redux Dark Matters – Originally planned for a June/July release of 2013 we think it’s safe to say that was never going to happen, Redux development has been awfully quite recently which leads us to believe that Hucast have spread their time versus productivity too thinly between the development of Redux and Ghost Blade. Redux originally started life as a Kickstarter project in 2012 and a year later we still haven’t seen the game, we’ve heard that Hucast have been working towards implementing some of the Kickstarter goals but other than that, we’re in the dark about this one. We have the feeling something will happen with this one pretty soon though.
Ghost Blade – This impressive-looking shooter came from the left field around March of this year, the game was announced and shown off in a series of videos that can be found in our news section, that was as far as it went though. Ghost Blade hasn’t been heard of since the debate and controversy surrounding those extra 300 Limited Edition units. There was little doubt that the game was coming in 2014 rather than 2013 though, Dux 1.5 was released by Hucast in early 2013 and with Redux already behind schedule we think it’s safe to safe that mid ’14 is when you’ll be playing this bad boy.
Tahi – Arocean War. There’s a few things that can be said about the impressive development time of Reticon’s adventure debut on Dreamcast, everything was shaping up to be very impressive, Frank Lima and his team gained a fantastic knowledge of the Dreamcast’s architecture and even created an engine to which Tahi and other 3rd parties were meant to be using, things went quite around 2009-11 with Reticon’s website not being updated in the frequency it once was, services resumed full-force during 2012 with a proposed Kickstarter that was meant to take place in 2013 – this is possibly where some would attribute the problems under the surface with Tahi, the game was still very much a mystery and aside from a few renders, the team seemed very reluctant to show the progress of the project, needless to say – the crowd funding never happened, there was talk of other formats for release of the once exclusive title and the team slowly moved on with their lives leaving Tahi as much a myth today as it was back in 2008. The game may resume in the future and Dreamcast Today has every faith that the game will be released – whether it’s on Dreamcast is another matter.
The inactive Reticon blog can be found here : http://reticon-et.blogspot.co.uk/
Neo XYX – NG.Devteam are quite renowned for their behind the scenes work on their Neo Geo and Dreamcast titles and NEO XYX is no exception. The game was another one that was a surprise announcement in October 2012 and Dreamcast Today is lead to believe the game could be released in December 2013. There has been very little coverage of the game in that time however, there was some cam footage from a retro convention earlier in the year but we haven’t seen a proper promotional trailer yet which it would appear the game is lacking the media circus afforded to Gunlord in 2012. NEO XYX is looking promising but there’s a good chance that it would miss it’s December release due to the Christmas rush with postage orders making better sense to release the game in Q1 2014.
Of all the games due for the next twelve months we have faith that Pier Solar HD is the one game that will make it’s 2013 debut on Dreamcast. The team at Watermelon have been consistent in their communication with fans about the project and have not side-tracked on development. Of course, they have a December 2013 release window which like NEO XYX, could prove hazardous being so close to Christmas.
Order the game here : http://www.magicalgamefactory.com/en/factory/pier-solar_1/
On a footnote, it’s worth mentioning that other games for Dreamcast are in development that currently don’t have release dates. Team Alice are currently showcasing a development build of Dynamite Dreams – a title that recently resumed development from a three year hiatus. 2D Retroperspectives are also working on two Dreamcast titles, Saviour and Jump N Blob : Re-blobbed the latter of which was announced last week for a possible disc-based release with enough support from fans. Yuan Works have also recently come out of the shadows with an update to their blog, their promising second Dreamcast release Little Ninja went cold in around 2009 but with enough support from the Dreamcast community, the game can be resurrected.