There are certain rumors in the video game world that just won’t die. Some of these hard headed rumors are annoying, but others invoke nostalgia and renew gamers' hope that their dream project will come to fruition. A few months ago, we mentioned rumors of Sega working on the Dreamcast 2 and now Yuji Naka, lead programmer on the original Sonic the Hedgehog, says he is, “hoping to work on Dreamcast 2”.
"I do miss those old days when I was heavily involved in hardware making at Sega. . . I was involved in most of the consoles and controllers that Sega came up with. If I have the opportunity in the future I want to be involved again with hardware making."
The days of Sega being involved in hardware are long gone, but who’s to say they can’t make a comeback. After all, Sega does seem like they are trying to revive their image with the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 4, Sonic Colors, and Super Monkey Ball game for the 3DS.
In today’s market, Sega would have a hard time entering the console wars. I’m just not sure the video game industry can support four consoles at once. I think it is more likely to see people like Yuji Naka go to Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony and help them in their console efforts. However, for those of us that still want to dream, Yuji Naka has some words of encouragement.
"Of course Dreamcast was my baby back at Sega and I want to carry on making good games for the European market and one day I'm hoping it gives me the opportunity to work on Dreamcast 2. I think if I can work really well with the platform makers then it's good for everyone, because I can then come up with totally new games."
I am a huge fan of the original Dreamcast, and would love to see Yuji Naka work on the Dreamcast 2. He is one of the guys behind games like Nights into Dreams. . ., Burning Rangers, Phantasy Star Online, and the recent Ivy the Kiwi?. So much nostalgia is linked to the Dreamcast, Sega would be crazy not to capitalize on series like Crazy Taxi, Typing of the Dead, Sonic Adventure, and Seaman. The big question is, do they need a console of their own to do that?
Can the video game industry support four consoles? What are your favorite Dreamcast memories and what do you think about all this Dreamcast 2 talk?