Will this be Sega Rally’s return to glory?
Back in my Sega Saturn days Sega Rally was the console’s racing killer-app. While Daytona USA was a popular title, it was not even close to Sega Rally’s superior graphics and gameplay. For its time Sega Rally was an excellent arcade port and a fan favourite.
In the intervening years the Sega Rally name and game has struggled to recapture its former glory. With the announcement of Sega Rally Online Arcade, perhaps the combination of delivery method, price-point, and game-play will put Sega Rally once again on racing gamers radars.
The following is an excerpt from Sega’s press release for Sega Rally Online Arcade:
SEGA Europe Ltd. and SEGA of America, Inc. announced today that SEGA Rally Online Arcade, a new HD title inspired by SEGA Rally Revo and SEGA Rally 3, will be racing onto Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system in 2011. SEGA’s arcade and console favourite will include a collection of new features, including the ability for gamers to race their friends online!
“We’ve blended our hit arcade racing series with the best elements from the console versions to bring our fans the SEGA Rally experience in compact, downloadable format,” said Haruki Satomi, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA. “Whether they’re new to the SEGA Rally series or they’ve participated in countless races over the years, we’re confident everyone will enjoy the wide variety of features included in this fan favourite.”
SEGA Rally Online Arcade brings back all the features players could want from the popular arcade and console racer, including Championship Battle mode and Time Attack, while adding an exciting online racing mode that lets players battle it out with up to five drivers around the world. Featuring a brand new achievement system, 13 rally cars to choose from and online leaderboards, SEGA Rally Online Arcade will deliver lap after lap of intense rally action when it arrives on consoles in 2011