Over in Dubai there is a trade show going on at the moment, known as DEAL 2012. We have covered the DEAL show before and previously new content there wasn’t too abundant but Sega has decided to change that up a little by unveiling their latest arcade racer to the market called K.O. DRIVE. Thanks to these exclusive pictures provided to us by The Stinger Report, it looks to be tapping into what was done recently with Dirty Drivin’ but using cars instead of trucks. The game uses a cabinet design based upon Sega Racing Classic, which they have also used in games like GRID and Sonic All-Stars Racing, with a few changes of course such as the back lit gatling guns. As you can see in one of the pictures below, it has upgradable weapons systems but how many levels deep that goes is unknown at the moment. The Stinger Report also tells us that it is being developed by a Chinese company for Sega
called DynaComWare(commenter points out that DynaComWare develops fonts not games; but I am reassured that this has been developed by a Chinese company for Sega, just don’t know if it’s the same studio that did Golden Gun or not) and it has already been on a short test in the UK. No word yet as to when it will be released to the wide market but at 80% completion, I imagine it will be out this Summer. Interestingly enough, this does not appear to be the same cabinet as that recent Sega “Spy Cam” photo slightly revealed.
UPDATE: I’ve added the game to our Arcade Release List for 2012