New Dreamcast Games Coming In 2020
Enough of this pointless preamble. Here's a brief run down of all the games we know of (so far) that are heading to a Dreamcast GD-ROM drive near you in 2020...
Xeno Crisis (Bitmap Bureau)
Xeno Crisis wowed gamers on both the Mega Drive and modern platforms when it released in late 2019. Bitmap Bureau's successful Kickstarter campaign resulted in this rather brilliant homage to retro shooters like Smash TV bringing some proper old-skool top-down arcade action back to TV (and Switch) screens, and the Dreamcast version was added as a stretch goal. Luckily, enough people wanted a version for Sega's old warhorse that this became a reality and Xeno Crisis is set to hit the Dreamcast some time in early 2020.
Visit the Bitmap Bureau website for more information.
Arcade Racing Legends (PixelHeart)
The second fully 3D indie racing game to hit the Dreamcast after 2017's rather impressive 4x4 Jam, Arcade Racing Legends looks to pay respects to some of the most iconic vehicles from Sega's arcade heritage and bring them all together in one place. It's a nice idea, and one I'm surprised Sega hasn't capitalised on itself. What this means is that you can pit the iconic vehicles from Daytona (Hornet), Sega Rally (Lancia Delta and Toyota Celica), Scud Race (Porsche), Crazy Taxi (Axel's Cadillac) and other well known franchises against each other across a range of original tracks.
article about this here), and while the campaign page states that the game would ship in December 2019, this doesn't appear to have happened just yet. As a big fan of racing games, I'm hopeful that Arcade Racing Legends will live up to the promise, and add a new dimension to the stable of indie titles coming in 2020.
Visit the Arcade Racing Legends Kickstarter campaign for more information.
Intrepid Izzy (Senile Team)
With such iconic titles as Beat of Rage and Rush Rush Rally Racing already in their portfolio, you'd be daft not to have high hopes for Senile Team's latest Dreamcast offering Intrepid Izzy. The action platformer looks like a playable cartoon, with some very clean character designs and inventive gameplay elements. You play as the titular Izzy, ass-kicking her way through a number of 2D platform stages and engaging in light RPG elements. There's also a pretty cool move list implemented, meaning that traditional commands for executing fireballs and special attacks are seamlessly integrated into proceedings.
update on Kickstarter in late December 2019, in which it was revealed that the game will be entering testing very soon with a PC release to follow. There's no concrete date for the Dreamcast and PS4 versions, but rest assured they will both launch in 2020 and hopefully continue Senile Team's run of excellence on Sega's platform.
Visit the Intrepid Izzy website for more information.
Xenocider (Retro Sumus)
Another title with 'Xeno' in the title? You bet your ass! Xenocider comes from Spanish developer Retro Sumus and we've covered it several times here at the Junkyard over the last few years. 2020 looks to be the year it hits though, and this cool-looking Space Harrier/Sin & Punishment homage looks like it's going to be a blast to play. You control lone cybernetic heroine Xara as she flies ever forward through a range of stages set in caves, swamps, cityscapes and underwater blasting swarms of alien enemies; all while a stupendous original soundtrack blasts from the speakers.
Visit the Retro Sumus website to find out more.
Jay Townsend's SLaVE (GOAT Store Publishing)
It seems like forever and a day ago that we first learned of SLaVE, a Dreamcast exclusive first person shooter with puzzle elements and a distinct psychedelic visual style. Those who pre-ordered this game back in the mists of time will no doubt have seen the regular email updates from Dan Loosen, which periodically drop into inboxes to explain the constant delays.
"I realize that this has been an extremely long road, and I can assure you that there is no one more excited than us that the finishing line is within sight. For those of you that have stuck with us, you have no idea how much we appreciate the support. If there is anyone getting this email who dropped out, we still appreciate the support and we apologize for the length of time it took to finish. We've learned a ton with this project, and will do our best to not repeat the lengthy delays.
"So here's what the next steps on our end are - once we confirm we're gold, we contact the manufacturing plant and get in line for a production spot. The speed of production then depends on what else they have going. There are less plants that make CDs now than there were, so that time can vary. Because of this, production could take three months from the point they verify our gold copies to the point we get games in hand. The good news is when they verify the gold copies, we get an actual date that we should get the games from the manufacturer, and we'll share that ASAP after that."
- Dan Loosen, GOAT Store Publishing
Visit the GOAT Store website for more information.
There are several other games we haven't heard anything about in a really long time (and one which was put on indefinite hiatus in the form of Tanglewood), and while I'm still optimistic we might one day see them released in some form or another, whether they become additions to the Dreamcast library is another matter entirely. Elysian Shadows and Hypertension: Harmony of Darkness are two titles that immediately spring to mind.
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