The Sega Dreamcast is nearing its 20th anniversary in North America, and with 9/9/19 approaching, it seems fitting to get a new Dreamcast game to enjoy for the holidays. The system was known for top-notch shoot-em-ups, quirky games that defied description like Seaman, fighting games, and racing games – with Daytona USA and Sega Rally 2 being highlights. Since the system’s demise in 2001, fans have been creating games on a constant stream ever since – but few ever go with 3D graphics that would rival what was actually put out by AAA-level devs at the time. Fortunately, the team at PixelHeart is set to do just that with Arcade Racing Legends.
The game seeks to be the ultimate What If for long-time Sega racing fans – perhaps to a fault. Featuring vehicles that are incredibly similar to, but legally distinct from the cars used in Out Run, Sega Rally, and Daytona USA, The idea is to create something that pays homage to a lot of the system’s best games with an original offering showing off not only cars from those games, but also a psychotic taxi and some Le Mans-style cars to pay tribute to that great game as well. The base line goal is to just have a core game made. With 25,000 Euros, that can be done. Doubling it nets an extra vehicle, while going above that to 55,000 gets a story mode. The loftiest goal is 200,000 that would yield an online mode of some description.
Backing begins at 1 Euro with a wallpaper and for 5, you get a digital song download and your name in the credits. Going up to 15 gets you a patch set and the prior rewards, while 39 gets you a physical copy of the game in your region of choice and 54 gets you the game and a physical OST. Right now, the game has nearly come close to its 28,000 goal – so it will probably hit that, and with 21 days left, it should at least hit one stretch goal. What’s been shown off in the trailer for a prototype looks solid, but the actual vehicle interaction is very iffy and looks incomplete – so there’s definitely work to be done that money and time can help out with. The folks behind the project definitely needs to be careful legally too.
They’ve got all sorts of Sega branding and trademarks all over the page and prototype version of the game, and it might be wise to at least put up a disclaimer stating that everything trademarked is a placeholder until they find ways around it. Or they can just hope that it’s too low-key to cause any kind of issue that they would get called on the carpet for. If it’s a free game, that’s still tough to argue, but when it’s something you’re asking money for, it’s a much tougher problem.