For some months now, Sega has been teasing a new arcade game bit by bit through small pictures on Facebook. We’ve had a little fun wondering what it is exactly although I have to admit that I was completely wrong about the Sidearm part of that being the title as it was all an anagram for the real title, Dream Raiders. I also was wrong about the mouse controller type thing but it was all in good fun so no harm done. Either way, it is something we can discuss now and here are some exclusive details about the upcoming game!
UPDATE: The cabinet image I had initially was a prototype rendering, here is a live cabinet with some differences, mainly in the guns and the back seat. Click here to see the prototype image.
As you can notice from the cabinet design, it might look slightly familiar as it is similar to TrioTech’s very popular Typhoon Motion Theater. Dream Raiders has a motion seat with no actuators and wind effects to give players a sense of speed just like the Typhoon does. The Typhoon is not interactive however whereas this is so there is a good difference there. The screen is not a stereo 3D one but with the effects of motion and wind they still could technically put it into the realm of 4D gaming although I wouldn’t be surprised if that term is avoided to prevent confusion. The screen used runs at an unspecified resolution and is 55″ in size. It has a surround sound system that works with a subwoofer and there are several animated LCD panels to add an electrical orb effect to the cabinet. Overall it is a heavily animated and bright cabinet that will have no problem drawing attention to itself. UPDATE: Sega posted a comment to the DR Facebook page saying that the hardware that this uses is RingWide, which several games like Giant Tetris, Golden Gun, Let’s Go Island and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Arcade have used. It’s a small break for Sega UK which has also used their own custom PC spec when warranted (called Europa-R).
For the game itself, it involves first person shooting as you enter into various dreams. The fixed gun controllers are similar to what was used in Let’s Go Island but they have been reskinned. But they have added a new twist to the gaame that was inspired by the Christopher Nolan film Inception. They are calling it “Dream State” game play. Details on that are currently lacking but we find out soon enough. This is a project done in-house by Sega Amusements UK and is not based on some console game so for now expect this to be arcade exclusive.
The game will be released this Winter and we can expect to get some hands on time with it finally in November at the IAAPA show. Sega has launched a Facebook page just for the game and they say that when they have 100 likes on the page, they will unveil video of the game in action. A few more details are found after the pictures!
The official description as per Sega:
HAVE YOU TRIED LIVING THE DREAM….
Dive into a dream world of adventures! Climb on board this beautifully modelled dream machine and be transported to a new level of excitement. Choose your dream ride and raid as many treasures as you can whilst fending off attacks by strange and incredible enemies with your Dream Blasters. Successfully complete your raid and be carried off into new realms in thrilling bonus stages. Nine unique dream experiences await you in this fantastic new deluxe game from SEGA. Ride a dragon, pilot a UFO, get on horseback or put on your super suits and head for the skies! Dream Raiders features an exciting mix of exhilarating experiences that everyone will enjoy. The combination of intense motion, wind, sound and visuals combine to give players everything they ever dreamed of!
55″ LCD LCD
Rear plasma plate feature
Robust full motion system
Force feed-back dual Dream Blasters
Comprehensive operator settings
Colour changing tubular LED billboard and headrest
Seat mounted sub-woofer
9 exciting dreams to experience
D2220mm W1590mm H2200mm 628kgs