Want to join SEGAbits for some online racing sessions this weekend in Team Sonic Racing? Then come on up, over and down and race with the SEGAbits team and show us what you’re made of! We will be playing Team Sonic Racing on Playstation 4 this Sunday, May 26th at 7pm EST (6pm CST). All you have to do to join is to add the following PS4 gamertags: “angelcoma” “BarrytheNomad” and “KoriSX15” for us to add you to our lobby. Race you all soon!
Reicast Libretro has now gained modem and PPP support, which uses dreamcastlive.net to make online play possible. This new update should work flawlessly on Windows, Linux, Android and even macOS without inputting gibberish like IP address. What is that anyway?(I’m being sarcastic)
According to Libretro, this is the first time a emulator has supported a zero-configuration online gaming for Dreamcast and since it uses dreamcastlive.net, it seems you will be able to play with actual Dreamcast servers. What a good timeline. More information here.
Our beloved SEGA Dreamcast was known to be the first console to promote online gaming as a feature thanks to having a modem packed into every console. We got a pretty decent array of online playable games, but sadly after SEGA pulled the life support from the Dreamcast, these beloved games went offline. But now they are being resurrected and on this episode of the SEGA News Bits we look at all the Dreamcast games playable online, Dreamcast games that might come back soon and talk about some of the ones that are still offline. Let us know what online Dreamcast games you played back in the day and which ones you wish where back online in the comments below!
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I’m very happy to report that Sega has finally announced Phantasy Star Online 2 will be released in Europe and North America. I’m sure we all suspected it was only a matter of time but it’s always nice to know it’s official. 2013 though? That seems like a long, long way away. Then again I’ve waited over a decade for a true sequal to PSO I suppose I can wait another six months.
I only hope that by the time it releases in the west it has all of the updates the Japanese version will have received in the meantime and all available from the start. I really hope there isn’t a repeat of Phantasy Star Universe where the Japanese were always far ahead when it came to updates.
Hit the jump for the press release.
A clearer video of the Dengeki Event video has been uploaded to the internet, titled “PSO2 Closed Beta New Elements.” The trailer details some of the new features players will come across in the closed beta. Mags baby!
Closed Beta Features
- Now the lobby from the Alpha Test has expanded into two areas. There’s a Gate area and Shop area, with some new facilities like the Medical Center.
- New weapon category, Partisans that has a “twirl” move which can fill up the “gear gauge.” It’s quicker than the sword and can hit surrounding enemies.
- Launchers, it is heavier than the assault rifle, so you can’t move and shoot at the same time. Its projectiles can give explosive damage.
- Talis (Cards), like a shooting weapon, you can just throw it to give damage. Or, you can throw it and cast technics off of it.
- Mags, an artificial life form that grows up when you feed it items. It can attack enemies directly if it becomes a “Striking” type Mag. If it is a “Range” type mag, it can shoot from a distance from the player’s position. It can offer support to the player too. With an item called a “device”, actions can be added by specific conditions.
Photon Blasts, by filling the blast gauge, mags can transform into a mythical beast and fight alongside with the player.
Phantasy Star Online 2′s second Media Briefing will take place on Monday March 26th, 2012 @ 13:30 JST. It will feature infomation about the closed beta, billing infomation, future development schedule and new game information.
Check out this new video presentation from the Dengeki Festival.
In it Sakai-san demonstrates lots of great new additions to the PSO2 formula, including the return of some pretty cool Mags!
I cannot wait to get my paws on this game, I’ve been waiting for a true sequal to PSO for a decade now, this looks like it’ll be the one!
SEGA Europe have opened up an online shop so you can get your Sonic merchandise directly from SEGA themselves. The store has posters, collectibles and much more. If you aren’t from Europe, you can always go on the site and window shop. Check out the store here.
PSO2 just keeps looking better! Check out this game play/developer diary with Dragon Sakai and that other woman…
The game play starts at around the 4:00 mark where they enter what looks like a giant cave level and fight a dragon multiple times.
Also worth noting is the use of telepipes and what looks like some kind of latency stress test at the end of the video; the very end gave me a chuckle.
Yep the official Sega forums are finally back online after a very long time, a month maybe? The blog is yet to return but I suspect it’ll soon be up too.
The blog and forum went down after some douche bag hacked into PlaySega and attempted to steal usernames, passwords and other personal information. Luckily Sega were on the ball and had personal information stored as an encrypted code of some kind. As a result of this the forum passwords are no longer linked to the PlaySega accounts so you will need to reset your password before you can post again.
So yeah, go forth and complain about not getting Shenmue 3 and Sonic’s eyes, mouth, spines, colour or shoes.
SEGA posted new boxart and screens on the Playstation Blog for us to enjoy. Like usually a ton of fans asked SEGA questions about unconfirmed aspects of House of the Dead Overkill Extended Cut. One of the questions is if the game will have online.
“Wish I could answer that now, but right now, we just have to wait and see. :)” – David Bruno, Public Relations Manager, Sega of America
Even though it isn’t a yes, don’t be shocked if you will be able to team up with someone on PSN and shoot down mutant bastards online.
In the next couple of days Sega have promised to release a HD version of the PSO2 trailer, but until then how about this fan translation of the trailer to whet your appetite?
This trailer gives you a better idea of the story, game play and additional features.
SEGA already announced that they would be releasing the arcade version of Puyo Puyo on Virtual Console. But not only that, it was going to be the first Virtual Console title to have online play. Well, the game finally got its release date. April 12th and will cost you 800 wii points.
Of course the release date we are talking about is only for Japan, since it has not been announced for America just yet. Below is a screen of the wi-fi screen that allows the users to play with strangers, friends or show your firends code. Basic Wii online stuff.
Check it out! Here is the launch trailer for SEGA’s totally free to play, browser-based game: ‘MLB Manager Online’.
Now you can create, manage, and improve your fantasy baseball team in a head-to-head competition featuring all MLB players, teams, and managers.
You can play right away, totally free at MLBManagerOnline.com