Sega’s Dreamcast may be dead, but his games live on. Shenmue recently earned their third title and fans can’t wait to see the return of a new sonic adventure. Jet Set Radio has a spiritual successor in Bomb Rush Cyberfunk (hopefully), and while Power Stone still seems dormant, I know there are fans just waiting for the classic arcade brawler to return.
Cosmic Smash is another arcade game that fans want to see more of. This is a Breakout type game where players run through a subway tunnel breaking tiles in a virtual game of squash. Cosmic Smash debuted in arcades in 2001 before being ported to the Sega Dreamcast. Now, over two decades later, Sega appears to be teasing a Cosmic Smash revival that will be played in VR.
Sega started the teaser with a tweet which sent fans to a site called “csmashvrs.com. “The site is primarily a countdown timer that will expire in just under 21 days, complete with funky music and an animation that occasionally allows the viewer to play pong against an AI opponent. The tweet read “eye c sth training “, which doesn’t mean much, but the hashtag “#csmashvrs” seems to point to Cosmic Smash VRS as a potential title.
In addition to that, VGC noted British virtual reality developer Wolf & Wood retweeted the Sega teaser with some eyeballs and Japanese DJ Ken Ishii (who featured on the 2001 Sega game Rez) did the same too. Several other Wolf & Wood devs have also retweeted Sega, so it looks like an all-out media blitz.
Cosmic Smash would be the perfect VR title. The player essentially plays squash, but with the objective of hitting the ball on colored tiles. Break all the tiles to go to the next stage. The principle is simple, works in a limited playing area and requires the player to move as he would in a game of squash. Add psychedelic visuals and electronic dancing, and you’ve got something to do with Beat Saber.
Guess we’ll find out on Sega’s teaser site in less than three weeks.