News From April 1999:
Today, Iomega and Sega announced that they had reached an agreement to use Iomega's Zip Drive in an upcoming peripheral for the Dreamcast. The drive will use Iomega's 100Meg Zip Disk technology, while Sega plans to also sell their own brand of disks for the drive. The drive is expected to ship during the 3rd quarter 1999 as an add on to the DC. Interesting that this 3rd quarter is also the launch of the DC in the US and Europe. This add-on will offer gamers a better permanent storage solution to hold Web data as well as e-mail and other things. Perhaps even it can be used for Save game data, which would alleviate the need for owning multiple VM cards since a single Zip disk costing as little as $10 holds tons more data, at a lower price than the VM cards. Hmm...another use I can think of is using the drive to store updated game data, such as statistics for sports games, program feature updates, and other goodies. The Press Release also makes note that the information is quite preliminary and could change at any time. Iomega's Zip drive is already in wide use in all sorts of computers around the world, and some may claim it as the leading floppy disk replacement.
Thanks to K9Crpse for pointing me to the PR...I may have missed it as it was well hidden.
There were lots of little DC stores this week, here's the lowdown:
Remember those wonderful games for the Genesis way back when....Streets of Rage, Revenge Shinobi, Beyond Oasis...there was one big thing in common. The musician: Yuzo Koshiro. Yuzo will be returning to the scene as he brings his team from Ancient to work on the Shenmue soundtrack. There are also rumors floating around that Team Andromeda, and members from Sonic Team will be helping out as well.
- Sega is currently planning a new Dreamcast startup sequence to make the logo appear more 3D.
- Sega of Japan has extended free Sega network services to Japan's DC owners until further notice. Originally the free service was to expire early this month.
- There will be 500 limited edition, black colored Dreamcasts units released in Japan in the near future. They are expected to cost around ¥10 000 (83USD) more than the regular white Dreamcast consoles.
- French developer No Cliché is working on two Dreamcast titles. If you don't remember, back in 1997 they were known as Adeline. Responsible for several hit PC titles including Little Big Adventure, they were bought by Sega Europe. They have thus far divulged no real info on the game other than that for info, we'll have to wait for the DC launch...The first one has a working title of 'Gutherman'. In it you will "drive vehicles through several breathtaking missions." The second game "Agartha" is some sort of horror adventure title.
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