Western avid gamers (i.e., US and European audiences) acquired their closing Dreamcast video games inside months of one another. First up was Treyarch’s NHL 2K2, which launched in February 2002 in the US. While it was hardly a becoming swan track for the Dreamcast period, the sports activities sport not less than acquired nice evaluations. So, on the vibrant facet, North American gamers had been capable of finish their time with the Dreamcast on a comparatively excessive word (assuming they had been hockey followers, that’s). Japanese Dreamcast homeowners acquired a port of NHL 2K22 in July 2002, however that sport was by no means formally launched in the PAL area.
Sega truly launched a number of video games to shut out the Dreamcast’s run in PAL areas. These had been the 3D area fighter Heavy Metal: Geomatrix, the modern war-themed RTS Conflict Zone, and the journey platformer Evil Twin: Cyprien’s Chronicles. Each of these video games was reportedly launched on April 12, 2002, though some nonetheless declare these video games didn’t launch till April 26 (not less than in choose areas). Another potential candidate for this title is the “extreme” sports activities sport Razor Freestyle Scooter, which additionally purportedly hit retailer cabinets on April 26. To additional add to all of this confusion, no person can appear to agree on when the multi-directional shooter Cannon Spike formally launched in Europe. Reports differ on whether or not that title was launched on August 26, 2002, or May 3, 2002. One approach or one other, Cannon Spike was clearly one in all the final official Dreamcast releases exterior of Japan.
While Sega stopped transport Dreamcast video games abroad in 2002, the firm continued to assist Dreamcast in Japan for a for much longer period of time. How for much longer, you ask? Well, Sega’s final hurrah for first-party Dreamcast video games was the Tetris-like Puyo Puyo Fever, which was launched in Japan in March of 2004. However, that wasn’t the de facto closing official Dreamcast sport ever. In March of 2007, a number of days earlier than the PlayStation 3 launched in Europe and Australia, Japanese Dreamcast homeowners additionally acquired the shoot ‘em up Karous. So while many remember 2002 as the Dreamcast’s final 12 months of even minor market relevancy, the console did stay on for fairly a number of years past that.
What Was The Last Unofficial Sega Dreamcast Game Ever Released?
As with many retro consoles, indie builders proceed to supply Dreamcast titles to at the present time, often funded by way of websites akin to Kickstarter.
One current instance is 2020’s Shadow Gangs, a throwback to Ninja Gaiden (the tough-as-nails sidescroller for the NES, not the tough-as-nails hack-and-slasher of the identical identify for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3). Shadow Gangs was initially developed for PC and Xbox however was later ported over to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Dreamcast. If you desire a extra well-known instance of a current indie on the Dreamcast, look no additional than The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia. Unlike Shadow Gangs, although, that sport was ported to the Dreamcast due to the website GameFairy, which produced a restricted variety of bodily Dreamcast disks of the title.
While indie-fueled Dreamcast video games are nowhere close to as common as indie Game Boy video games, the two merchandise share one factor in frequent: So lengthy as builders are keen to supply video games, there’ll by no means be any such factor as “the last title produced for x console ever.”