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Panzer Dragoon was in development for the DC

Discussion in 'Dreamcast' started by 3rdman, Jan 12, 2002.

  1. 3rdman

    3rdman New Member

    Over at www.segaworldweekly.com someone on the message board posted this...

    "Last week my brother and I went on a SEGA shopping spree. We went to 4 different places to find DC games to add to our little collection. At one place, Playmania, there sat on the DC shelf Panzer Dragoon Zwei for DC. It is was a Japanese import. I almost bought it....but I had to save my money for Shenmue 2 (which is also import). In beginning of Feb. I hope to go back and see if it is still there. However this store also sells Saturn games which I plan to buy next month. The question is: Should I buy the Japanese import of PD2 for DC or should I try to find an PD2 for Saturn? "

    The message was then relayed to alwaysgame.com/bboard where "Sonic" (an employee within Sega) responded...

    "It would be best to take this with a grain of salt. The Dreamcast did have Panzer Dragoon at one time, but it was a new version and not a remake of the 2nd game. The thing is, there was a Saturn emulator that was partially usable. But I talked with a few Japanese employees and they know nothing of it. You can consider this purely a rumor.

    Sonic"

    Two very interesting pieces of news there...Panzer Dragoon was in development for the DC and a Saturn emulator was made by Sega. Very interesting!
     
  2. BoBo

    BoBo New Member

    That sounds crazy, sega is always doing these secret projects. I wish I worked for sega.....
     
  3. 3rdman

    3rdman New Member

    http://www.segaweb.com/news/0898/41.html

    LOL...not such a big surprise after all. But the emulator, hmmm...
     
  4. eatpenguin

    eatpenguin New Member

    hmmm... interesting. what about the japanese version (stand-alone) of Virtua Cop 2 (not the smash-pak)? was that emulated or simply simulated? i remember it got a really low rating on ign because it was an exact replica of the saturn version, not the arcade version. (low framerate, jaggies, etc)
     
  5. Eleven of 9

    Eleven of 9 New Member

    Virtua Cop 2 for the DC (both the standalone verion & in the smash pack) is a port of the PC version, which in turn is apparantly a bad port of the Saturn version.

    I remember hearing rumours before the DC was released that Sega were working on a Saturn emulator for the DC, so it is possible that an early beta version does exist somewhere within the Sega corperation.

    Now if only someone could get their hands on it ... ;)
     
  6. Ratamahatta

    Ratamahatta Member

    why doesnt someone just ask sega about the emulator up front?
     
  7. Supergrom

    Supergrom Member

    go right ahead. Walk right up and ring Yu Suzuki's doorbell and ask him about a saturn emulator for dreamcast. have fun.
     
  8. ExCyber

    ExCyber Staff Member

    No no, you've got it all wrong. Naka is the man to ask about console stuff...
     
  9. 3rdman

    3rdman New Member

    Perhaps Sega was trying to cash in on some of their more popular saturn titles by releasing them with an emulator...No port job so the profits would have been maximized.

    What I wouldn't give to play some of the Saturn titles in 640x480.
     
  10. Supergrom

    Supergrom Member

    and with some anti-aliasing =)
     
  11. 3rdman

    3rdman New Member

    Update:

    http://alwaysgame.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=00036y&topic_id=SEGA Forum&topic=

    "Spill what beans? I plead the 5th!!!! The Dreamcast had a partially working emulator of the Saturn. The SH2 code was the easiest from what I know, but getitng the 2nd paralell SH2 to work was a bit difficult but they still managed to get the thing working. The sound processors were more of a cinch from what I understand. The hard thing was the VDP1 and 2. Was the emulator working? Only partially with alot of bugs. Was it ever finished? Nope, the project was canned for some obvious reasons. Not enough Saturn owners to make the project worthwhile.

    The Panzer Dragoon originally on the Dreamcast has since headed elsewhere............tot he land of X.

    Sonic"

    (Edited by 3rdman at 3:42 pm on Jan. 16, 2002)
     

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