Half-Life for the Dreamcast officially cancelled

Confirming speculation, Sierra has finally terminated the Dreamcast version of the PC classic.

In a press release issued by Sierra late today, it was confirmed that the Dreamcast version of Half-Life has been officially cancelled. For several months, speculation has persisted that the game may never be released on Sega's final console, and today these suspicions were confirmed. Half-Life is the latest in a string of third-party Dreamcast software cancellations since the platform was discontinued in March. Sierra's official press release stated, "Sierra regrets the cancellation of Half-Life for the Dreamcast due to changing market conditions."

When contacted for comment, Sierra stated that no further explanation for the cancellation would be issued and that it would not answer questions regarding the game's demise. Half-Life for the Dreamcast was to include an exclusive side mission called Blue Shift that would let you play as a Black Mesa security officer. The PC version of Blue Shift was recently released.

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12 comments
luisphilly
luisphilly

This is the part i can never understand. Ok the Dreamcast was canceled. Still there where a few million Dreamcast units floating around. The game was canceled supposed just days before been gold. Why not just release it and try to recoup some of your money back? The game was essentially 99% complete already. 

TMizzle11111
TMizzle11111

Ok for anyone who might read this who cares, to correct previous comments, Half life games WERE IN STORES for the Dreamcast when they were cancelled. The game WAS released, but was cancelled very quickly after because of reasons I cant comprehend, I remember seeing it at target and almost buying a copy, I was with my mom at the time, I was just 14 or so then so I wanted it for christmas, went back a week later and never saw a copy of half life in a store again. If only my mom had bought me it that day I could have had it, although I sold my DC many years ago anyways, the only explanation I think for cancelling it was that they wanted Blue Shift to only be available on PC, so people would have to buy the game and the expansion to play it, but it never made sense why they would take off a fully completed game from the market? Perhaps it was buggy, but so was the PS2 version. Anyways, this is very old news but I had to get this out there: Half life WAS made for Sega Dreamcast and was for a very short time available at retailers.

rabbids4eva
rabbids4eva

I know! maybe you could build a Time Machine, Come back in time before DC version of Half-Life was cancelled, Stop the cancellation, give Portal DC project letter for the DC version's name: SEGAPORTAL, and go back into the present! and whala! Half-Life is released on the Dreamcast! good idea,eh?

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

the ps2 version has awful frame rate dips. Inexcusable for such an old game. Looks ugly, too. I really need to get a copy for my DC for comparison. Bin Laden is dead. God Bless the U.S.A. and our Special Forces.

Semaphore313
Semaphore313

By canceling this, Valve just made sure that everyone who's playing it anyway isn't giving them any money.

sisominux
sisominux

The ultimate fps, already completed and ready to make the Dreamcast owners happy, CANCELLED!!! And all "due to changing market conditions" (read: the incoming PS2 version): what the hell does it mean?! Was it too annoying for Sony?! Well congrats to Valve, and to all gamers who think every brick Sony produces is the best console available... fortunately an unofficial release does exist!

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

it exists, just not as an officially released product.

JeyNyce
JeyNyce

it may not have came out for the dreamcast offically, but if you look around you can find the files and make your own copy.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

 @TMizzle11111  You're mistaken. There were no "official" copies of the game ever released. What you saw was a placeholder box or jewel case with the Half Life and Dreamcast logos on it -- a mock up. Just like what you see in stores now for upcoming games. The only way to get the unreleased DC version was by downloading the source code, which was leaked.