Sega denies Dreamcast revival
Trademark mysteriously updated
Sega has denied that it’s getting back into consoles, following rumours it has begun prepping the Dreamcast for a re-entry into the gaming market.
Sega's Dreamcast: back from the dead?
Rumours first began circulating when it was revealed that Sega had updated its Dreamcast trademark with a selection of seemingly random tech terms, such as “floor pads” and “flash memory cards”. The trademark was updated in August this year, though the change has only recently come to light.
The console was launched in November 1998 and designed to be a successor to the established Sega Saturn. The Dreamcast was withdrawn from production in March 2001, and Sega left the console game to focus on software.
Senior Sega US spokesman Charlie Scibetta has since provided a little clarification though, telling one online publication that the company "has no plans to get back into the console business" because it’s “very happy being a platform agnostic company”.
Scibetta did promise to look into the reasons why the trademark was updated though. But, the company could just be looking to protect its rights to the Dreamcast name, by updating the existing trademark pending ongoing use of, say, its games on other consoles.
Register Hardware contacted the lawyer named in the trademark update, David Ehrlich of New York-based lawfirm Fross, Zelnick, Lehrman & Zissu, but he said he was "not authorised" to communicate the reason for the update.
With current hardware, it should be possible to make a hand-held device capable of running old Dreamcast games (as well as new games).
The question is if it is worth it, as such a device would have to compete against both PSP and Nintendo DS.
... Jet Set Radio? That was my favourite, top fun and the art style was something else! Aw, I do miss the DC; its one of the great injustices that it was so soundly beaten by the inferior [?] PS2
This has made my day
The Dreamcast isn't dead - it's just sleeping.
Seriously, this story has made my day, for it has given me hope again, however slim. Who knows, prehaps - one, glorious day - I will never have to shead another tear when a top-tier Sega title appears on a sony console, imagining what might have been.
Also made my heart soar to see so much Sega-love flying around - Any other Phantasy Star Online addicts lurking?
not the first rumours of a revival
they started releasing games in Japan again at the beginning of 2006, although it seems it was too little too late...
Anyone remember RE-Volt
Re-Volt was by far the most played game on my dreamcast. Awesome fun.
And the controllers were a million times better than Playstaion. Very similar to original Xbox. Triggers too.