It looks like the next-gen console war is going to be a straight-out fight between the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. But what if a third player entered the game? Could Sega's mythical Dreamcast 2 turn finally turn up to spoil Sony and Microsoft's party?
Well, no, is the short answer. But it's fun to imagine, right? And that's just what a recent fan-made reveal trailer does, dreaming up an alternative universe in which Sega is about to make a dramatic comeback to the console-war battlefield.
The "Dreamcast 2" is imagined as a sleek, shiny, compact console, available in both white and black colour options, with a brief glimpse of a vivid scarlet red edition. The video promises the "dream will come true" in 2020.
Unfortunately, it also inadvertently paints the console as some sort of sentient, Terminator-like machine – with taglines like "It never stopped thinking" and "It will never die". Maybe not what they were going for, but chilling nonethelesss.
In truth, this is simply an extended, updated rehash of the original Dreamcast 2 reveal vid, which did the rounds in 2013 and featured a console model created by designer SIDDIQ (you can see that video here).
But the fact that it's still being bandied about is perhaps an indicator that there's still an appetite out there for a new Sega console. Or maybe it's just further proof that the internet has too much time on its hands.
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Will Sega ever make another console?
The original Sega Dreamcast was released in 1999 (coming off the back of the disastrous Sega Saturn) and is now considered to be ahead of its time. It was the first console to incorporate a built-in modem, marking the first time that console gamers from different parts of the globe could play together online.
The Dreamcast had a small but loyal fanbase, selling over 9 million units worldwide. It has since developed something of a cult following.
Gaming stalwart Sega cut its losses and bowed out of the race after the Dreamcast was discontinued in 2001, ending an 18-year stint in the console business. It's now a successful third-party games developer and publisher, capitalising on iconic franchises such as Sonic The Hedgehog and focusing on new releases such as the Total War series and Alien: Isolation. It also has a successful sideline in novelty retro consoles, too.
So, as much as we'd love to see it, it's unlikely that Sega will reenter the console wars ever again. We can dare to dream, though...