Into the Dreamcast Vaults
Happy new year and welcome to your latest update on the creation of what will be Read-Only Memory’s biggest and most sumptuous undertaking yet, Sega Dreamcast: Collected Works.
Christmas was kind to our project – as the year closed, we received a gigantic haul of never-before-seen production material direct from the hallowed vaults of Sega’s Japanese HQ. Flashing before your eyes in all its GIFfy glory above is just a tiny glimpse of what we’re currently sifting through.
So far, we have identified:
- Game mechanic sketches, environment concepts and high end renderings for Sonic Adventure
- The complete design document for Jet Set Radio/Jet Grind Radio, including some amazing graffiti artwork concepts
- A very early proof of concept video for Space Channel 5
- Character studies and production artwork for Phantasy Star Online
- Storyboards, character designs and environment artworks for Shenmue
There’s a huge amount of material still to go through, so I’ll be spending my time over the coming weeks sorting and identifying these precious pieces of Sega history for inclusion in the book. While this goes on, we’re conducting further research of our own, looking to procure as much as we feasibly can before we start bedding down the final cut in a few months’ time.
In a few weeks, we’ll be arranging a series of photoshoots for our Hardware Showcase chapter. This section will act as an exhibition in print of Sega’s beautiful industrial design during the Dreamcast era — from the console itself to iconic curiosities such as the Fishing Controller or the Samba de Amigo Maracas. We’ll be collaborating with collectors all over the world to make this happen, so if you’re the proud owner of a Dreamcast hardware rarity you think should make the final cut, please do drop me a line!
With a tremendous amount of material already in place, and plenty more to be discovered, Sega Dreamcast: Collected Works is shaping up to be something very special. I look forward to sharing the fruits of our research and design with you throughout the coming months.