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Flashback Now Available to Pre-order for the Sega Dreamcast

One of the best 16-bit arcade adventure games of all time has now been developed for the Sega Dreamcast. Flashback (aka Flashback: The Quest for Identity) is a 2D adventure that was originally developed for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive platform in 1993, featuring smooth visuals and gameplay influenced by games such as Prince of Persia. Thanks to French publisher JoshProd, the classic game is now available to pre-order for Sega’s Dreamcast.

Often mistaken for a sequel to Out of This World (aka Another World), Flashback: The Quest for Identity is actually a completely separate story altogether. Sure, it may seem very similar to its predecessor and share many elements with Prince of Persia –- climb platforms, carry out running jumps, solve puzzles –- but Flashback’s overall gaming experience is so much better. The game kicks off in superb cut-scene style as our hero, Conrad, is being chased by unknown beings, escapes on a hover bike, and is eventually shot down by the alien space craft, crash landing in a dense jungle. This is where the player takes control of Conrad and the adventure begins. As the sub-title, Quest For Identity, suggests, the player needs to find out who Conrad is, who the people chasing him were, and why they wanted him dead.

What is interesting about this port is that the game will be designed from scratch with the console hardware being taken into consideration: new menu screens, visual options and controls tailored to the Dreamcast controller. The game will also come with complete cinematic cut-scenes, support for VMU and a save function. While there have been homebrew ports of the game on the Dreamcast, this version is officially licensed by Delphine Software, the original developer, and the game will be developed using the original source code. According to Philippe Nguyen from Joshprod, it took the team over one year to track down the owner of the IP.

As of August 5, 2017, Flashback for the Dreamcast is available to pre-order at Rush On Game priced at €32.90 with an expected dispatch date of September 2017. Joshprod can be found on Twitter and Facebook. Note that the website does require a login to access the sales, but this is entirely free.

Source: The Dreamcast Junkyard

Neil Reive

An avid retrogamer who has worked on various projects, magazines, and fanzines. He started his videogaming journey with the Amstrad CPC464 computer before moving onto a Commodore 64, then the Sega Mega Drive, followed by a multitude of PCs.

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3 Responses to “Flashback Now Available to Pre-order for the Sega Dreamcast”

  1. Matthew says:

    That’s interesting what it says about it originally being developed for the Genesis. I see what it says now on Wikipedia, from Retro Gamer magazine (“Paul Cussiet told the magazine that ‘The best version for me is the Mega Drive version. The game was created for this platform’, contrary to what many had believed before this article was published.”) I remember thinking it was originally a PC game (Amiga/PC-DOS), but kind of multi-plat in development at the same time (first initial run, before the later CD/next-gen releases came out, because it was advertized as “a CD on a cart!”)

    • Matthew says:

      MS-DOS, rather, not PC-DOS…

    • Companies had a way of exaggerating in their advertising back then. I guess it was not so much that as it was stated a few times in interviews that the only thing changed over what the CD version would have had was the music (they weren’t even going to add more frames of animation or better cutscenes apparently).

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