JoshProd Series 4 Available, Plus Volgarr the Viking

RushOnGame now has the five Dreamcast games available for sale as part of JoshProd’s Series 4 release: Magic Pockets, Captain Tomaday, FX Unit Yuki: The Henshin Engine, Armed Seven, and Finding Teddy.

They are available separately for €34.90 a piece, or as part of a five pack for €169.90. They also have Volgarr the Viking, which was released as a free download, but the license allows for commercial releases at a reasonable price. It’s available for €19.90 or as a 6 pack with the series 4 releases for €189.90.

Magic Pockets Postponed To March 15

PixelHeart, the distributor of the Dreamcast games published by JoshProd, has postponed the Dreamcast versions of Magic Pockets by Bitmap Brothers from January 15, 2019 to March 15, 2019. It’s still available for pre-order at €34.90.

According to the PixelHeart website, FX Unit Yuki: The Henshin Engine by Saru Studio appears to have met its release date, as it’s listed as available by request and is stated to have shipped on January 15th.

The Upcoming games list has been updated with the release date information for these two games.

FX Unit Yuki and Magic Pockets Coming January 15th

PixelHeart, the distributor of the Dreamcast games published by JoshProd, now has the Dreamcast versions of FX Unit Yuki: The Henshin Engine by Saru Studio and Magic Pockets by Bitmap Brothers, available for pre-order at €34.90 each.

According to the PixelHeart website, the games are scheduled to be released on January 15, 2019.

The Upcoming games list has been updated with the release date for these two games.

Upcoming Games List Updated

The upcoming games list has been updated to reflect that Another World HDBang² Busters, Battle CrustFade to Black, and The Escapee have been released.

In addition, the distributor of Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, RushOnGame, originally had the release date set as August 2018. As the release timer has been pushed forward 257 days, the date has been changed on the list to TBA.

I’ve also added a few games courtesy of the awesome French blog, Dreamcast-NewsBeatTendency by Amelian, Encuentro No Casual by SegaSaturno, FX Unit Yuki: The Henshin Engine by Saru StudioMidsummer by DuranikScourge by isotope SoftworksShadow Gangs by ShadowTeam, Sol705 by Patoland and Survival Code by Titan Game Studios, Tanglewood by Big Evil Corporation.

Shenmue I & II Coming To Xbox One, PS4, and Windows

On August 21st, Sega is releasing Shenmue I & II for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows, just in time for next year’s release of Ys Net’s Shenmue III.

This includes both the 1999 original and the 2001 sequel for $29.99 USD. Both Japanese and English voices will be available for both games, and there will be an option to use either the original tank controls or a modern control scheme.

If you wish to buy it on Windows, it’s now available to pre-order on Steam for 10% off.

The Dream On Contest Returns for the 20th Anniversary of the Dreamcast

The Dream On Contest returns for the 20th anniversary of the Dreamcast, as has Dream On. The contest runs from July 6, 2018 and ends on September 9, 2019, the twentieth anniversary of the release of the Dreamcast in the United States. Submissions can be submitted at the Dream On Contest itch.io jam page.

There will be prizes, but the specifics still need to be worked out.  The contest has been started before this process to leave ample time for the creation of entries.

Teams are permitted. If you wish to use pre-created assets please use those with licenses that allow commercial use just in case a pressed game award is one of the prizes. This has been the case in the previous Dream On contests, but as prizes have not yet been worked out at this point, it isn’t guaranteed. It’s best to err on the side of caution, just in case.

To help alleviate some concerns raised in the previous Dream On contests, I (JenniBee, also known as MetaFox) am offering to create game assets (music, art,  sound effects, voice work, etc.) for any entry that requests it.  Send an e-mail to jenni@cyberdogcastle.com if you’d like me to create something for your project. 🙂

Feel free to use any of my previously created assets in your entry as well.

DreamCon 2018 at the RetroGameCon in Syracuse, NY

Dream On will be at this year’s DreamCon at the RetroGameCon in Syracuse, NY, that runs from November 3rd to November 4th, 2018.

DreamCon will occupy one table, but it’s an 8-foot table so it could comfortably fit another exhibitor if anyone else wants to come to DreamCon and exhibit this year, or to have DreamCon act as a surrogate representative for someone who wants to display but couldn’t make it – as happened, for example, with The GOAT Store in 2005.

In addition to Dream On, Dreamcast-SceneCyberdog CastleDC Evolution, and Indie Dreams will also be represented at the convention.

There will be a few Dreamcasts with rotating material. DC Evolution discs will also be available, since those always proved popular at past DreamCons.

It’s Google Summer of Code Season Again For ScummVM

ScummVM is a program that recreates the engines that run various adventure and role-playing games, enabling them to play on many different systems, including the Sega Dreamcast.They are once again participating in the program that pays students to code for open-source projects during the northern hemisphere’s summer months, the Google Summer of Code. This year there are three students working on ScummVM projects:

  • Pink Panther: Passport to Peril and Pink Panther: Hokus Pokus Pink: Student: Andrii Prykhodko
  • The Immortal.
    Student: Joseph-Eugene Winzer
  • Star Trek: 25th Anniversary and Star Trek: Judgment Rites.
    Student: Matthew Stewart

You can view the progress of each project at ScummVM Planet.

JoshProd’s 2018 Dreamcast Game Slate

JoshProd has been a driving force for Dreamcast indie games for the past couple of years. They’re continuing that trend with a new slate of Dreamcast games shipping later this summer:

  • Flashback 2: Fade to Black: This is the sequel to Flashback, which JoshProd released on Dreamcast last year.Fade to Black is presented in first-person as opposed to the third-person presentation of the original.It originally released in 1995 on DOS, takes place 50 years after Flashback. An alien race named the Morphs have taken over Earth, and Conrad Hart must once again save Earth from the alien menace.
  • The Escapee: Originally known as onEscapee, this game is an action-adventure platformer along the lines of Another World or Flashback, which are both titles for which JoshProd is also the publisher on Dreamcast.When the first aliens landed on Earth, they ushered in new civilizations, however, able-bodied men disappeared around the same time. Now Daniel White has to traverse alien locations, fight alien creatures, and help the few other human escapees he discovered to survive.
  • Battle Crust: This game is a vertical scrolling shooting game by Picorinne Soft.The game is described as a vertical shooter in the vein of games from the 80’s and 90’s arcade era. As with many games in this genre, there are both normal shots and the high-powered charge-shots. In addition, charge-shots can also be used for defense.
  • Bang² Busters: Also known as Bang Bang Busters, this game was originally an unreleased platformer by Visco, until it became one of the first games published by JoshProd under their former name, Neo Conception International.The game is a platformer along the lines of Bubble Bobble or Snow Bros. Neo Conception International gained the rights to publish the game shortly after their formation in 2010. It was released for the Neo Geo AES in 2010, for the MVS in 2011, and for the Neo Geo CD in 2012. And now it will be coming to the Dreamcast.
  • Another World HD: This game is the high definition version of Another World, the action-adventure platformer that the original designer, Eric Chahi allowed myself and GPF to release for free in 2005.Another World, known as Out of this World in North America and Outer World in Japan, is an influential cinematic platforming adventure game. JoshProd’s commercial version for the Dreamcast will be optimized for high definition televisions.

All five games are available to pre-order now from RushOnGame.