Wed, Jun 30, 2010 | 15:57 BST
SEGA considering Saturn era releases on XBL and PSN
SEGA’s Yosuke Okunari, producer of the Dreamcast and Master System re-releases, has said the firm’s considering releasing titles from SEGA Saturn digitally.
Speaking with Game Watch Impress, Okunari said SEGA started off with Genesis and Dreamcast titles because those were the most popular and well known of the lot.
“When you look globally, the Genesis and Dreamcast are well known, but Saturn is unknown,” he said. “During that period, PlayStation and Nintendo 64 were a success overseas, but to be honest Saturn was not a success. Because of this, we decided on Dreamcast.
“It’s not that we’re ignoring Saturn I think you can see this, considering that we ported Nights Into Dreams and other titles.
“What we announced this time is a project where we will have consecutive releases of titles that were debuted on Dreamcast. Separate from this, we’re of course thinking about ports of Saturn games. It’s the same as how Sega Ages and Virtual Console were separate existences. It’s not that we have no intention of porting Saturn titles, so please share your requests.”
Okunari went on to say that SEGA may put online functionality in some games, but also teased that some of the titles being reworked may already contain online capability.
He also said the reason SEGA was skipping digital Wii releases was due to size limitations, but he added, however, the firm plans to continue developing games for Virtual Console.
Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi are to be released by the end of the year on XBL and PSN, with more titles to follow in the future.