It is a testament to the popularity of the system that the Dreamcast continues to receive new releases, some 11 years after Sega officially pulled the plug on the system. The list is pretty long with Chaos Field, Trizeal, Radirgy, Last Hope, Karous, Fast Striker and Dux just a few of the games that have been released since the company pulled out of the hardware market. The problem is that if you look closely, almost every single one of these games have been shooters. Sure, we've had the odd platformer or puzzle game but I'm sure I am not the only one who has been looking for something meatier to get my teeth into on the Dreamcast.
Well, thank the RPG gods above because our prayers have been answered with the news that WaterMelon will be bringing the title Pier Solar and the Great Architects over to the Dreamcast. Pier Solar, was originally released for the Sega Megadrive back in 2010 with the tagline of "biggest 16-BIT game ever", and was sold out soon after release so expect the Dreamcast version to follow suit. The game revolves around the wholly original story of Hoston, a young botanist who is on a quest to save his father from a mysterious illness. Along with his two chums Alina and Edessot, the three of them set out to find a rare herb to cure the illness of Hoston’s father. Unfortunately, as is typical of a J-RPG it opens up a can of worms for Hoston and his cronies as they discover secrets of the Pier Solar and the Great Architects. Typical RPG fare then!
|For fans of the dying genre, turn based combat, hurrah!|
To be honest though, a 16-bit game on a 128-bit console being sold in 2012 wouldn't be much of a draw without some updates. Luckily, the team at WaterMelon will be up-scaling the game to the Dreamcast's optimal resolution of 640x480 and it will also be VGA compatible (although this is not HD as their market speal would have you believe). The game will be available in two flavours - the regular edition and the collectors edition. The collectors edition will include the game, a Pier Solar Guide Book, a signed art print, and three figurines of the characters, and the regular edition will include, well the game.
|The Japanese anime stylings are very 'Megadrive'|
It will be.interesting to see how it looks on DC
A cool gesture by the company is that they are offering you the choice buying the game in your prefferd region's unique packaging, either from the USA, European or Japanese variations. Well, how much will this set me back I hear you cry? The regular version requires a Kickstarter "donation" of $49 and the limited edition set a whopping $125. It wont be out until December 2013 at the very earliest but if the Megadrive release was anything to go by, you might want to get your Kickstarter donation in as soon as possible.