Its thinking... again!

by: Jeremy -
The Sega Dreamcast is coming back... well, the games are at least.

Earlier today, Sega officially announced that they would begin digitally distributing classic Sega Dreamcast titles on the Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network. The titles will begin rolling out this fall, in honor of the 11th anniversary of the system’s launch back in 1999 (9/9/99 to be precise). The first two games making their digital distribution debuts are Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi.

These two games, as well as other titles to be announced later, will be based completely on the Dreamcast incarnation of the game. The games will be receiving a boost in the visual resolutions, the sound systems utilized, and in the online functionality. All of the games will be given their own online leaderboards as well as all new Achievements and Trophies.

Hopefully Sega will be adding a few more titles to this list of expected releases next week. In the mean time, you can read the official announcement on the next page and view some of the first, official screenshots of both games below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE‭

DREAMCAST games TO MAKE DIGITAL RETURN

LONDON‭ & ‬SAN FRANCISCO‭ ‬(June‭ ‬10,‭ ‬2010‭) ‬– SEGA‭®‬ Europe Ltd.‭ ‬and‭ ‬SEGA‭®‬ of America,‭ ‬Inc.‭ ‬today announced‭ ‬plans to‭ ‬bring classic titles from its popular Dreamcast‭™‬  console to Xbox LIVE Arcade‭ ‬for the Xbox‭ ‬360‭®‬ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft,‭ ‬and‭ ‬PlayStation‭®‬Network later this year.‭ ‬Sonic Adventure‭™‬ and Crazy Taxi‭™‬ will be the first two classics‭ ‬made available,‭ ‬with‭ ‬Sonic leading the pack‭ ‬in‭ ‬Fall‭ ‬2010‭ ‬for the‭ ‬11th anniversary of the launch of the Dreamcast in‭ ‬the United States.‭ ‬  

Each game‭ ‬is‭ ‬based on the‭ ‬original Dreamcast incarnation,‭ ‬featuring all of the gameplay that older players fell in love with,‭ ‬whilst allowing a new audience to discover it for the‭ ‬very first time.‭ ‬The games incorporate all-new enhancements and features‭ ‬such as‭ ‬high resolution‭ ‬visuals and surround sound.‭  ‬Online leader boards are‭ ‬now‭ ‬implemented,‭ ‬allowing‭ ‬players‭ ‬to compare their skills‭ ‬with friends across the world‭!‬  In addition‭ ‬to‭ ‬this,‭ ‬all-new‭ ‬Achievement and‭ ‬Trophy‭ ‬integration will be available‭ ‬for‭ ‬each game released.‭

Launched on September‭ ‬9,‭ ‬1999,‭ ‬the SEGA Dreamcast‭ ‬is one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed consoles of all time.‭ ‬Featuring a software library of‭ ‬over‭ ‬650‭ ‬titles,‭ ‬the system was‭ ‬widely hailed as being ahead of its time,‭ ‬and was the first to introduce online console gaming,‭ ‬with Internet support for games through a‭ ‬built in‭ ‬modem.‭

“The Dreamcast is fondly remembered by a large community of dedicated fans‭ ‬as a console that was ahead of its time in terms of graphics,‭ ‬quality and online gaming‭”‬ commented‭ ‬Haruki Satomi,‭ ‬VP of Digital Business at SEGA of America and SEGA Europe.‭ “‬There are few things that are more requested from us than making Dreamcast classics available for download in today‭’‬s digital market place.‭ ‬We‭’‬re very excited to begin offering gamers our beloved Dreamcast titles again on the current console systems.‭”

Sonic Adventure will be available for download‭ ‬in‭ ‬Fall‭ ‬2010.‭ ‬Both‭ ‬Sonic Adventure‭ ‬and‭ ‬Crazy Taxi will be on display at SEGA‭’‬s booth‭ (‬#2023‭)‬ at this year‭’‬s Electronic Entertainment Expo.
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