In 2001 Sega released an unusual game called Cosmic Strike which fused the sport of racquetball with the revolutionary gameplay of games like To burst and Arkanoid. Cosmic Strike was released in arcades, on Sega’s Naomi platform and on Dreamcast, but only in Japan. Now, it looks like the third-person cyberpunk sports game that came to the end of the Dreamcast’s life is coming back.
Monday, Sega’s social media accounts started teasing “cmashvrs” with the phrase “Eye c sth forming” – presumably reading “I see something forming.” The teaser leads to an official websitewith few details except for a countdown timer and a game To burststyle mini-game. This gameplay, and the grey, black and orange color scheme certainly seems to indicate a Cosmic Strike revival which will apparently be announced in mid-February (the countdown will end on February 13).
The speed with which musician Ken Ishii retweeted the Sega teaser. The Japanese DJ appeared on Sega’s soundtrack Ground and Q Entertainment Bright 2and the music playing on the Cosmic Strike The teaser website resembles Ishii’s style.
What is unclear is whether the “vrs” in “cmashvrs” stands for versus, VR, or both. (Or something else.) Cosmic Strike was a single-player game, but could be reworked to be competitive. And with Sony’s PlayStation VR 2 launching in February, just about a week after Sega’s expected announcement of a new Cosmic Strikethe timing of a VR take on the Dreamcast cult classic feels like a perfect coincidence.
We will know more soon.