16 years ago, Sega stopped the production of its Dreamcast. Following this unfortunate decision, many game studios decided to cancel their projects on that platform. I suppose they made the choice of stopping the bleeding rather than taking any more risks and releasing their Dreamcast games. I remember I was really disappointed to see all those promising games being canned. I think that brutal stop is probably one of the aspects that make this system so fascinating. More than 15 years after this tragic end of Sega as hardware and console maker, the Dreamcast community remains strong, fans keep faith and share theirs gems: Propeller Arena, Half-life and Geist Force to name but a few.
Last week, I received a message from Kuririn84 who is an enthousiastic owner of a Katana devkit. On the hard drive, he found files of an unreleased game, Millenium Racer: Y2K Fighters. I think only few people knew about this game and even fewer knew about its portage to the Dreamcast. I took those files and worked on giving this game a second chance. After digging a bit in code to see why it was failing to boot and doing few file manipulations, the game started to show its guts and to be honest, it rocks! It is not a demo or an alpha version that would be just frustrating, it is a complete version! Cool, right? Another brand new game! The WiiU is far from being that good :p
To distribute the game, I built a GDI image, region-free with VGA support (was already there) and forced PAL-60hz mode for PAL console. For the sake of digital preservation, I kept original files datetime, ISO9660 volume name, date, etc. as if a real GDR existed. I hope you will like it and again thank you Kuririn84 for sharing your findings 😉
And sorry if I haven’t replied yet to some of you. I will next week!