A month from now, we’ll be smack dab in the middle of the IAAPA 2018 trade show in Orlando, FL. Fortunately, October tends to be a good time for news on some of the titles one can expect to find at the show.
This morning, Sega Amusements sent out an e-mail & press release, detailing what you can expect to find at their booths (1506 & 1606, respectively) in the realm of video games. The PR touts Sega’s history with video gaming being at their core and while it does talk about games like Transformers: Shadows Rising and House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn, a brand new title was introduced as a part of the mix. Called ATV Slam, this brings quad racing back to arcades, something I don’t think we’ve seen since Galeco’s ATV Track back in 2002.
From the press release, then we’ll look at the cabinet. I will also add emphasis to a couple of parts:
ATV racing is coming to IAAPA, and Sega’s booth will be the place to experience this white-knuckle racing game. ATV Slam takes All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) racing to a whole new level, with its custom developed motion platform, players will experience the most realistic ATV racing game ever. Unique ‘Artificial Intelligence’ system makes the game fun for casual and core gamers. Featuring ten exotic environments, five different vehicles – each with different power and design, wind effects and razor-sharp console quality graphics, ATV Slam gets players hearts racing through the game.
The sensational cabinet will wow players in any location. Featuring a life-size quadbike with huge back wheels, chrome engine compartment, stylish liveries and scintillating lighting effects from top to bottom attracts players attention. Using the accelerator on the quadbike bike handles players must race to the finish line using boost, avoid obstacles, drift and perform stunts for flair and those all-important style points.
I am not aware of any console game that this is based on, so it looks to be an original IP that Sega has come up with. The motion platform is also something I look forward to checking out.
The ATV Slam Cabinet
For the cabinet, it has elements of Storm Rider and a small bit of MotoGP going on.
Not sure about the size of the screen, I’d take a guess of 47″ by appearances. UPDATE (12pm): Sega has provided more details on this. It does feature a 47″ screen and like House of the Dead Scarlet Dawn, this is powered by Unreal Engine 4 for 1080p@60FPS play. The game also features a bike upgrade system, 3 game modes and a total of 15 bikes to unlock. I also have more media to share, posted below.
UPDATE: Sega has posted some screenshots, check them out via this slider:
The release also mentions that separate PR's will be coming soon detailing their redemption and sports line-up, but for me, I have to appreciate them giving video the nod first. I'll get some hands-on impressions and footage of ATV Slam at the show. What do you think about it from what we've seen so far?
Sounds very intriguing. Usually not that bothered by racers but it makes a nice change that sega are doing a quad bike racing game. ATV track was a fun game so it’s good to see what sega has in store with their title.
The artificial intelegence makes me think of namco’s dead heat game where you race against other players cars that’s saved to the cabinet. Is it the same thing of something else?
Also does the game use a save system since there’s an upgrade system and bikes to unlock?
There is no mention of a save system, but I have to wonder. It could work like Showdown did, with bonus codes and the like, but I guess we’ll find out soon!
Looks pretty interesting; there hasn’t been an ATV-based racing game in general for a good while by now. I’m hoping there’s a good amount of that ’90s/’00s style SEGA character in there tho; I miss that type of flair and so far outside of the city shot it seems the presentation is a bit more straight-faced.
That works for SWDC b/c of the sport, but even there, I think there seems to be more of that flair from the initial screens. Speaking of, I hope they bring SWDC to the West at some point; there’s no real reason to keep these games essentially region-locked, tho if it’s something regarding not having the GT license in the West then I can understand.