Sega making Dreamcast 2?

Source: Trademark-trolling site Trademork reported this week that Sega had filed a new application to secure its rights to the Dreamcast name. The site speculated that the game maker might be preparing to reenter the hardware market with a Dreamcast 2. A slew of Web sites jumped on the speculation...

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Source: Trademark-trolling site Trademork reported this week that Sega had filed a new application to secure its rights to the Dreamcast name. The site speculated that the game maker might be preparing to reenter the hardware market with a Dreamcast 2. A slew of Web sites jumped on the speculation and passed it along with a token dash of skepticism.

What we heard: The Sega Dreamcast launched in the US on September 9, 1999. Despite boasting a library of highly regarded games including Soul Calibur, NFL 2K, and Jet Grind Radio, the system struggled to gain a foothold in the market. Less than a year and a half after the system's launch--and only a couple of months after Sony released the PlayStation 2--Sega officially gave up on the Dreamcast and game hardware altogether in January of 2001.

Peter Moore, then-president and CEO of Sega of America, explained the company's withdrawal bluntly. "With the hardware game becoming increasingly competitive--especially for companies like Sega, whose pockets are not as deep as our competitors--we've chosen to place our bets on our software, our heritage, and our proven track record," Moore said at the time.

Those who follow the industry, or at least haven't been living in a cave for the last couple of years, will recognize that the industry landscape that Moore described is largely unchanged. If anything, it's more competitive, and Sega's pockets haven't gotten substantially deeper. They certainly aren't deep enough to afford buying themselves back into the hardware game. Microsoft has invested billions getting the Xbox off the ground and is only now starting to see potentially sustainable profits from the division, seven years, three Halos, and two systems later.

There's also the issue of what Sega could bring to the table to steal any substantial market share from Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony. The company's biggest asset would be the array of familiar franchises and brands it has, such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Virtua Fighter. Seven years ago, that same strength proved inadequate when the Dreamcast failed to compete with even the specter of the PlayStation 2's approaching launch.

The industry is larger than ever, and the stakes in the hardware market are accordingly high. Sega folded years ago, figuringthat it'sbetter to be a heavy hitter in the third-party publisher world than a straggler in the hardware game. There's no reason to think the company would get back into the game now.

The official story: "Although I think all gamers would like to see a new Dreamcast (including myself), this looks to be more wishful thinking in the rumor mill."--A Sega representative.

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus.

Discussion

964 comments
598gh
598gh

I hope that there is SEGA VS Nintendo battles again get da fuck off $ony and micro$oft you r not gaming companies

DrBillyBoy
DrBillyBoy

it's 2012 n nothing!!?? god i hate MS n sony

Devin-B
Devin-B

Mark my words, I will buy a Dreamcast 2 over the next Xbox or PS4. Sega has consistently made better hardware. The Dreamcast was head and shoulders above it's competition in terms of hardware.

dipesh5555
dipesh5555

The dreamcast is set to be realeased IN 2013!!!!!!!!!!! - Check the video below, for a small trailer, and additional information realeased last week by sega. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXmCrR8jRmM CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xD cant wait!! :D

malachi_27
malachi_27

Sega, you will have all my hard-earned college money if you make a Dreamcast successor. Seriously.

sporauto96
sporauto96

In October 1, 2010, Yuji Naka, head of Prope has announced that he hopes to make a Dreamcast 2.From wat I heard Prope and Sega have been working on it

SolidSnake_09
SolidSnake_09

For those of you that support a 2nd Dreamcast check out my new Facebook page called "Project Dreamcast 2"

hellpolice
hellpolice

I too would love to see Sega coming back to game and a dreamcast 2!!

NerdyGeekboy
NerdyGeekboy

Dreamcast 2 will be one of the greatest consoles in this generation (or the 8th generation). And if they sell it cheap like what maddoxpatt said, then i see myself saving up to buy one.

Gotteencs
Gotteencs

WOW....WOW.....WOW.....JUST WOW!!!!!OMG DREAMCAST 2!!!1

maddoxpatt
maddoxpatt

Oh god, don't get me started on how amazing a Dreamcast 2 would be. All of these people say that the Dreamcast 2 would fail. But it wouldn't. Here's why. 1. Millions of people who want a second Dreamcast would drop Sony and Micro$oft in a minute to buy a DC2 2. It would be cheap. Dirt cheap. Sega is notorious for making cheap yet effective consoles. 3. It would be reliable. My 10 year old Dreamcast is still going strong today. I even play Quake 3 and Phantasy Star online everyday. 4. They have many flagship franchises that are known and loved. If you look at it this way, the best 3d Sonics were on the DC... as opposed to them just throwing out crap rehashes, they would take their time with their console, because it would be a major selling point. 5. WEB BROWSIN'. 'Nuff. Said. Maybe MS and Sony will bring out a PS4 and Xbox 760, but it wouldn't win. Sega is too reliable and loved to lose. I am absolutely confident that Sega would win the console war. Now please note, I didn't mention Nintendo, because they are the only people who really pose a threat to Sega. Of course, I can hope all I want... but I don't expect to see a second Dreamcast anytime soon.

TimSimm2
TimSimm2

i would love to see a dreamcast 2

thebigboss12345
thebigboss12345

come on guys....... if sega make dreamcast 2 it will NOT win the console war cuz SONY will make ps4!!!! and MS will make a better XBOX and SEGA will give up again

sulaymanqazi
sulaymanqazi

why cant they start off with a cheap console that people would like, and then make a nice one??? i dont care how bad the dreamcast 2 would be, but i will get one

aboood1289
aboood1289

sega dpn't have money to make a new console

pin00ch
pin00ch

...oh..and in case anyone wants flame me.Go ahead. I write software and design hardware for a living.....go for it...

pin00ch
pin00ch

...oh and M$ kit! I got 4 burnt out 360's in my workshop! pile of SH!TE

pin00ch
pin00ch

Look SEGA. Just bring the Dreamcast back! I may be too old at 35 but I have hated every machine since the Dreammachine and still play Saturn and Dreamcast daily. I looked at Soldier of Fortune today and cannot believe how good it looks and plays even today! sort it out! bring it back! and stop allowing the kids of today (no offense to the kids of today. RESPECT!) to play the rubbish that is being churned out. SEGA games just don't feel the same on non SEGA hardware....FULL STOP! I cant believe that I live in world without SEGA hardware. Its gutting. I feel sorry for those that only know SONY kit!

erix43
erix43

Sega needs to come back and have all the old Sega titles available online for free to all Sega players, have all the specs the PS3 has, and even a dishwasher inside the system. I would buy it. I can wash dishes and play video games!!! GO SEGA!!! Seriously, I MISS SEGA!!! Where are you Shinobi? Altered Beast? Alien Syndrome? Rambo lol? The Ninja? SEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEGA!!!!! PLEASE COME BACK

slayersdeath200
slayersdeath200

I think Sega should bring out the Dreamcast 2 as they have had enough time to watch too see how other consoles can do it right and wrong and focus on the quality games that the Dreamcast had

Gilamox
Gilamox

it would be awsome if if sega would make a dreamcast 2. we don't need any new games we just need classics that sega abandoned like ones from the sega genesis they need to make sequels to the classics that they made and they abandanded. i have a couple examples, rocket knight adventures 2, gunstar heroes 2, altered beast 2, aero the acrobat 3, and much much more. the one mistake sega made was their games were not that interesting and they were gineric you need to make sequels to the classics that i loved as a little kid.

Tyler_100
Tyler_100

I guess it depends on what we would ideally want more. Good franchise games from Sega, or focus on a new console. For me I'd rather go with quality games. Focus on those great franchises Sega, and maybe make Shenmue 1 & 2 a reality on the Wii?

jibberz
jibberz

As much as we want to see Sega come back with a DC2, it makes no sense to Sega at this point in time. The economy is horrible, to many competition and there's still a lot of people to remembered the Saturn and the Dreamcast which Sega basically bailed out on a little over a year it was release. It would however make much more sense if they kick some butts inside the company and start making games the way the use to. I still would like to see some games from Sega hit the PC or PS3. * Shenmue 3 * A return of the good old Sonic * Knights! * Rockets Nights Adventure * Gunstar heroes * Jet Grind Radio etc etc..

Hyrule4EVER
Hyrule4EVER

I'm sorry guys, but i'd rather go with a SHENMUE 3 or a REAL sonic game then a Dreamcast 2. what i'm hoping is that they kick those money grabbing publishers off Sonic Team's backs and settle down, shoot some ideas, put up a huge development time and remake... (Drum roll...) SONIC CD!!!

herms2
herms2

sonic adventure 1 was the best sonic game eva! sonic heroes or w.e ( seen it on tv) and all the 3dish stuff makes me angry. tht game is a joke and a disgrace to the first part.

peoplesmeat
peoplesmeat

Sega and Apple should get together to produce the Dreamcast 2. Sega builds the games, apple builds the box ;) They will need Activision & Capcom on board 2. This is my dream, there are many like it but this one is mine.

Ahmid_milad
Ahmid_milad

new Dreamcast!!! new Sonic,Shenmue,virtua fighter , i'll get one in a heartbeat i'll buy a dozen to keep the console going this time! Really!!

42007
42007

IT WOULD BE GREAT TO SEE SEGA COMING WITH DREAMCAST 2. THIS TIME THEY WILL WIN THE CONSOLE WAR. YEAH DEFINATELY. COME ON SEGA DO IT.

DarkFire716
DarkFire716

New sega console (tear rolls down face)......... Shenmue 3 (Breaksdown crying)................hell.........yeah.......

asixjo
asixjo

I reakon they should make a dreamcast 2 cos all the other consoles out are crap and why would you call a console a wii nintendo is dumb and so is playstation.if the dreamcast 2 does come out it should come out in 2009 and it would waste all the other consoles and it would be mean if it had a colour vmu and if sonic adventure 3 came out on it and shenmue so when dreamcast 2 does comeout playstation and nintendo and xbox you better get ready to get your ass kicked hahahaha!!!!!! HAH

snakes3425
snakes3425

If Sega is going to return, hopefully they learned from their mistakes. The only problem I see is that Microsoft and Sony have the 3rd Party Developers in their back pockets, and the 3rd Party Guys probably are still holding a grudge against Sega for a little thing called: Saturnday.

Soundwave079
Soundwave079

Hmm I actually liked the Dreamcast and in fact I still have it!! my favorite games are Marvel Vs Capcom and Street Fighter. I would probably buy their new system if they can compete with the other console giants and most importantly games that are better than the other consoles...

GOAT_DUDE
GOAT_DUDE

did sega make any sonic games for the dreamcast 1?

GOAT_DUDE
GOAT_DUDE

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HOW SEGA DOES THIS TIME AROUND

tritosk8
tritosk8

aww that would be amazing o and they forgot halflife probably would of saved the dreamcast...i got the leaked version...damn i loved my dreamcast i mean it had crazy taxi 1 & 2....house of dead....its pretty funny i still have my dreamcast but not my ps2 but i do have all the next gen systems....dreamcast 2 would own=] the dreamcast owned i mean the graphics and game play was revolutionary way ahead of its time....they just needed more 3rd party games thats all. if they did come out with a dreamcast 2 i diffenently would get it launch date if i could:D

cyberdarkkid
cyberdarkkid

I think it's a great idea to think of making a different video game console, This sega dreamcast 2 might surprise us just like the wii did :)

Plazmawolf
Plazmawolf

If they made sonic not a total embarresment (sonic now sucks... if you dont belive me play sonic heros) If they REALLY steped up to the plate and REFUSED to accept to make sonic ANYTHING less then perfect no matter how long it took to make ONE sonic game, and got sega's own mario, GOOD, made a dozen games equel to mario galexy or halo 3 that sells like crazy, that got consumers confidance back, work hard making their name get it's past pride... then maybe dream cast 2 can come (please no add on stuff this time.) ... oh and it would need to be somewhat cheap.

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

This rumor has been widely speculated for about two years now. Ever since SEGA unveiled the Lindbergh 256-bit arcade board there's been constant speculation that Sega is planning to release another console in the distant future, now the rumors are finally coming forward. Say what you like, but nobody just doesn't see SEGA returning to the home console market soon because they haven't been cutting it as a third party market. BUT, that doesn't mean that SEGA won't return to the home console market. And I'll tell you way they can and they may. First of all SEGA is doing far better finacially then they did during the Dreamcast. Anybody in Japan knows this, because SEGASammy is fairly successful, it's outside of Japan where people don't think they're doing well just because their current 3rd party efforts haven't been up to par. But in Japan, they make nearly bilions selling arcade machines, own TMS anime company and an amusment part called "Joyopolis". Now for those who say that Sony,Mircosoft and Nintendo have a strong hold on the industry. You have no idea how much trouble it's in. For one, console demand in Japan is now at an all time low because Japanese consumers don't get to play that many of thier favorite genres on the current round of console. Mind you Japan doesn't like the type of genres americans like, they like DS games, RPG and hardcore arcade ports. So if SEGA were to launch another console in Japan, I'm convinced that they would outsell all of thier competitors. In the U.S. SEGA could and I believe will bring a whole like of NEW things to a console, for one theire console would be the first to have 256-bits. 2. It would be the first to have HD-DVD rom format. 3. Since Lindbergh is built off of PC hardware it would be nice to have a console that plays PC games besides backward Dreamcast compatitbity. Now since PS3 hasn't been doimg well, Sony has been hoping that in 2008 things will look better for them, the idea of a SEGA console that more inexpensive and more powerful than PS3 frightens them since this could be a serious threat. So. Will SEGA release another console in 2008? I believe they will. If not in '08 than you can certainly bet in 2009 or 2010. While people deny the idea of SEGA releasing another console it there's not doubt that it will happen and that Sega will make a comeback more bigger and unexpected then anyway can ever imagine. I AM definitely looking foward to what SEGA may unveil in 2008.

efry1getzLAID
efry1getzLAID

Speculation... well how about this. Sega IS planning a Dreamcast 2, and guess what its a portable and backwards compatible. Now imagine if Microsoft went into partnership with Sega (its happened before) to finance its release. Speculation... well how about a color Virtual Boy with headmount visor... I've got a billion of these

jimmyhat999
jimmyhat999

I work in Game and the guy on "Game radio" (worst radio station ever!!!) was sayin they're bringing a new console out, that was yesturday. Would be so amazing to see Sega back in the hardware game!!! i would get rid of my Wii and 360 for a new Sega console!!!

HFViking55
HFViking55

I miss my Dreamcast. It was the first time I got to play an FPS on a console online and with more than four people in it. And I was actually able to play it decently over a 56k connection via a then free NetZero account (since AOL didn't work with the modem).

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

I'm convinced that SEGA will release another console in 2008. You may not see it. you may call this rumor bogus but when it's confirmed, you'll be looking foolish rarson.