Another poorly kept secret gets solid confirmation! Sega today announced that both Crazy Taxi
and Sonic Adventure
are definitely coming to the Xbox Live Arcade this Autumn/Fall, with more Dreamcast titles to follow!
Celebrating the 11th anniversary of the launch of the Dreamcast - which was memorably 9/9/99 in the US, giving a strong hint of when to expect the games - Sega are pledging that this will just be the first two of many classics made available via XBLA.
Quoted below is a section of the press release from Sega:
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 integration will be available for each game released.
Launched in Europe on October 14, 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 an inbuilt 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.”
The games will be shown at E3 next week, so eyes peeled for more information then.
As I wrote about back in April (Leaked Screenshots Reveal Upcoming XBLA Games?
), these were just two of the rumoured Dreamcast games set to hit the Arcade, so chances are it won't be long before the phenomenal Jet Set Radio
gets a re-release on our console of choice. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part...