Hints of a major announcement from Sega next week have got some people convinced that the Dreamcast 2 is real.
For a few years after Sega went third party every E3 was filled with rumours about the Dreamcast 2 and Sega’s dramatic re-entry into the hardware business.
After a while though, people realised that was never going to happen and that Sega had fundamentally changed as a company, from the days when it made the Master System and Mega Drive.
But the company’s 60th anniversary is coming up and it’s clear it’s planning to make a big deal of it, with one Japanese journalist claiming he has a ‘huge scoop’ that will ‘rile up the games industry’.
During a YouTube livestream, tech journalist Zenji Nishikawa said the news was on the same scale as the initial PlayStation 5 announcement in Wired.
That doesn’t mean it’s a hardware announcement though, just whatever it is will have the same impact on the industry as a whole. Which… makes it sound like a hardware announcement.
Whatever the reveal is it will apparently take place in the issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine due out on 4 June (between this, the rumoured PlayStation 5 reveal and Call Of Duty Season 4, next week is going to be very busy).
‘Last year, Wired got the exclusive story on PlayStation 5, right? Other media didn’t. It’s that level of a scoop’, said Nishikawa, as translated by website Gematsu.
‘I interviewed a certain company’s executive and technical staff, it’s really revolutionary… really, it’s a revolution.’
At first he didn’t mention Sega’s name but then later seemed to do so by accident. Once he had though he made it plain that whatever his big secret is, it isn’t the Dreamcast 2.
What it is though, is hard to guess at. Some kind of new mini-console would hardly constitute a revolution and nor would the revival of any classic Sega franchises – which would seem to be the most obvious guesses.
Some kind of merger or collaboration with another company might fit the bill but Sega (and Atlus) is already owned by pachinko maker Sammy, so it’s hard to imagine how that’d work.
Whatever’s going on it won’t be long till we find out, but either this is going to be massive surprise or a massive disappointment…
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