No sooner after the rumors of a Sega/Nintendo merger had
been squelled, another rumor about the future of the Dreamcast
cropped up. Just days after comments about the imminent demise
of the machine turned up, then reports from a number of reputable
sites, namely Gamers.com
seemed to confirm the unthinkable: Sega was not going
to continue producing Dreamcast hardware. Even though they
had around 100 games planned for later release, they were
dumping the system.
This commentary is not about the decisions made by Sega,
but what they mean, or may mean. At a time when Sega could
have easily carved their way back into the gaming market,
they seemed to pull up lame. With a prime slate of games and
a growing dedicate fan-base for their machine, gamers may
be left scratching their collective heads on this one. At
a time when Sony was fumbling around, trying to get enough
of their PS2s out, Sega could have easily taken a firm control
with a cheaper-priced machine (especially a machine that was
heading towards 100 dollars a pop).
Taking a look back, gamers may only be able to point at
a few small signs that this would happen, one of which was
the holiday sales at the end of 2000. Sales numbers plainly
stated who one the sales war for Christmas: the PSOne. Yes,
the five year old machine that was selling for $100! Of course,
it helped to have a great game base to work from.
Speaking of which, we here at ILS find this information a
little unfortunate, considering that the Dreamcast was finally
coming out with some good games (Shenmue, Phantasy Star Online...).
Sega announced some of the following games for release in
the next year:
Crazy Taxi 2
Sonic Adventure 2
Space Channel 5 II
The House of the Dead 3
Toe Jam & Earl III from Smilebit
Considering the quality and quantity of the new year's crop
of games, this leaves us asking why?
Of course, underlying in all of this is another rumor that
has cropped up, hinting that Sega is in talks with Microsoft
to have the X-Box become backwards-compatible with the Dreamcast.
If this rumor is true, then it will propel the X-Box to imminent
contender while letting Sega just spend time on creating new